IT Improvements in Cybersecurity and Patient Flow

The cost for the software and tech systems vary by company.

Shortage of Beds for Mental Health Patients at Crisis Level

It's no secret in the medical community that there is a shortage of treatment options for the mentally ill in Alabama.

Business

Integrating AI in Healthcare

Integrating AI in Healthcare

Technology has advanced to a point where AI in healthcare is increasingly common. Now the challenge is utilizing data in a way that is not only predictive but also prescriptive to improve health and outcomes.

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IT Improvements in Cybersecurity and Patient Flow

IT Improvements in Cybersecurity and Patient Flow

The cost for the software and tech systems vary by company.

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IT Incident Response

IT Incident Response

The worst thing healthcare organizations can do when an IT incident occurs is downplay it.

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Taking a Deep Dive

Taking a Deep Dive

MGMA collects and publishes actionable data to help practices stay competitive and grow.

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Three Strategies to Protect Your Bottom Line

Three Strategies to Protect Your Bottom Line

Between new rules for reimbursement and uncertainty about what will happen next in health care legislation, it is a good time for providers to review their plans for maintaining short term financial stability and profitability in the years ahead.

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Optimizing Value-Based Reimbursement

Optimizing Value-Based Reimbursement

Now that we're into the third year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), how are Alabama providers doing in making the changes necessary to succeed in the new environment?

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Feature Profiles

Embrace Challenges

Embrace Challenges

Montgomery physician Jefferson Underwood III, MD may not move as easily as he did a year ago, but his wit is as still as sharp.

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Reseach

New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

A new clinical trial led by the National Institutes of Health will evaluate the effectiveness of a long-acting antiretroviral therapy, or ART, combined with conditional economic incentives for patients living with HIV who have had a history of non-adherence to daily oral medication and treatment.

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Using Bag-Mask Ventilation During Intubation Improves Outcomes

Using Bag-Mask Ventilation During Intubation Improves Outcomes

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that using bag-mask ventilation during intubation improves outcomes and could potentially change the standard of care.

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Study: Low-carb Diet Provides Relief from Knee Osteoarthritis

Study: Low-carb Diet Provides Relief from Knee Osteoarthritis

A study conducted at UAB, published in Pain Medicine, shows a low-carbohydrate diet was more effective in reducing pain intensity than a low-fat diet in adults ages 65-75 suffering from osteoarthritis.

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New Drug Should Benefit Majority of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

A triple-combination drug has been shown to be effective in improving lung function for the majority of patients with cystic fibrosis. The new therapy should provide therapeutic benefits for 90 percent of all patients with the genetic disease.

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Regulatory/Compliance

HHS Issues Final Rule on Conscience Protections

On May 21, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final regulations referred to as the Federal conscience and anti-discrimination laws.

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DOJ: EHR Companies Should Consider Themselves on Notice

Make no mistake, the federal government intends to hold health information technology ("HIT") companies accountable for failures to develop HIT in accordance with federal certification standards and compliance with federal fraud and abuse laws, including payments for customer referrals.

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HHS Publishes Guidelines on Cybersecurity

This December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils issued voluntary guidelines to assist healthcare providers assess cybersecurity risks and suggestions for mitigating those risks.

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CMS Changes Durable Medical Equipment Regs

CMS Changes Durable Medical Equipment Regs

Starting January 1st, Medicare will put the competitive bidding program (CBP) on durable medical equipment on hiatus. For patients and businesses alike, this opens the door to easier access and a larger market in Birmingham for the sales and rentals of anything from nebulizers to prosthetics to home hospital beds.

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Clinical

Shortage of Beds for Mental Health Patients at Crisis Level

Shortage of Beds for Mental Health Patients at Crisis Level

It's no secret in the medical community that there is a shortage of treatment options for the mentally ill in Alabama.

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Physician Testimony Can Clarify Disability Decisions

Physician Testimony Can Clarify Disability Decisions

Determining medical disability is often an arduous process that can result in unfair and inaccurate analysis of a claimant's situation.

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Service Animals

Service Animals

Service animals today do much more than guide the blind.

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Safe and Effective Vaccines are Protecting Children

Safe and Effective Vaccines are Protecting Children

Since the middle of the twentieth century, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and have saved millions of lives.

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Military Veteran receives Pro Bono Surgery to Repair Nasal Injury

Military Veteran receives Pro Bono Surgery to Repair Nasal Injury

When military veteran Don Austin, who received trauma to his nose during Desert Storm, needed a revision of his septorhinoplasty surgery in order to breathe adequately, he contacted the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and their Faces of Honor Program.

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Rethinking the Approach to Acne

Rethinking the Approach to Acne

New options and research have changed the traditional approach to treating acne.

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Low Dose Naltrexone Easing Pain from Fibromyalgia and Other Painful Conditions

Low Dose Naltrexone Easing Pain from Fibromyalgia and Other Painful Conditions

When researchers began to look at how low the dosage of naltrexone could be and still be effective in helping patients overcome addiction, unexpected things began to happen.

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Grand Rounds

Villar Joins Cullman Regional

Villar Joins Cullman Regional

Carlos Villar, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Family Care Clinic.

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Scott joins Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center

Scott joins Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center

Board-certified allergist Thomas Scott, MD has joined Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center starting in August.

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Clinic Opens to Help Women with At-Risk Medical History Prevent Pregnancy

Clinic Opens to Help Women with At-Risk Medical History Prevent Pregnancy

UAB Medicine's Complex Contraception Clinic is now open at the John N Whitaker Building.

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Cullman Regional Announces Plans for $30 Million Expansion

Cullman Regional Announces Plans for $30 Million Expansion

The Health Care Authority of Cullman County/ Cullman Regional Board of Directors has initiated a $30 million expansion to the current facility.

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Jefferson County Medical Foundation Receives Award

The Association of Teleservices International awarded the Jefferson County Medical Foundation Trust with the Award for Excellence, which is given to the telephone answering service that has demonstrated quality performance on a number of standard metrics.

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McCollum Joins Midtown Pediatrics

Amy McCollum, MD has joined the staff of Midtown Pediatrics. McCollum comes from Greenvale Pediatrics, where she has practiced since 2011.

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VIVA Selected on Best Places to Work

VIVA HEALTH has been selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Healthcare.

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Gnann named President of St. Vincent's Birmingham, Chilton

Gnann named President of St. Vincent's Birmingham, Chilton

Andrew Gnann has been named President of St. Vincent's Birmingham and St. Vincent's Chilton.

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Campbell named President of St. Vincent's East, Blount and St. Clair

Campbell named President of St. Vincent's East, Blount and St. Clair

Suzannah Campbell has been named President of St. Vincent's East, St. Vincent's Blount and St. Vincent's St. Clair.

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Cynthia Brown, MD Honored

Cynthia Brown, MD Honored

The University of Alabama Alumni Association has honored Cynthia Brown, MD with the 2019 Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award.

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Ovalle Named Director of Endocrinology

Ovalle Named Director of Endocrinology

Fernando Ovalle, MD has been named director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UAB.

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Grandview Medical Center in Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitations Facilities in US

For the third year in a row, Grandview Medical Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, known as Easy Street, has been ranked in the top 10 percent of 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2018.

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