Cullman Regional Medical Center Expands Facilities and Services

At a time when many rural hospitals are struggling to make ends meet, Cullman Regional Medical Center is expanding services and increasing access to care for their target population.

Business

Physician Owners: An Endangered Breed?

The healthcare environment has long been one of constant change. In recent years, change has taken hold more rapidly. From trends in reimbursement, to new technologies, to compliance concerns, and various other regulatory, financial, and social shifts, the landscape is far from fixed.

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Who will you be when you're no longer practicing medicine?

For some people, the transition from work to retirement can be problem-free, but for others, complications can arise. Retirement can be especially problematic for individuals whose primary identity is their occupation.

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Feature Profiles

UAB Urogynecologist Brings Life-altering Surgery to Af-rican Women

UAB Urogynecologist Brings Life-altering Surgery to Af-rican Women

"He called me from Africa and said, 'I've been posted here, and if we got married, you could go too,'" says Holly E. Richter, PhD, MD, about her husband's unconventional proposal 35 years ago.

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Regulatory/Compliance

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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The Stark Law: A Reminder and Request

If you ask a healthcare provider to state the healthcare laws and regulations that give them a headache, you are likely to receive a range of responses.

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Alabama's New Data Breach Law

Alabama's New Data Breach Law

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DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

We recently reported that Michael Granston, Director of the Civil Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ), made comments during a November 2017 healthcare compliance conference suggesting that in cases where the DOJ has determined allegations in a qui tam (or "whistleblower") lawsuit lack merit, the government may more aggressively exercise its statutory authority - rarely used in the past - to dismiss such cases.

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Reseach

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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Some People are Resilient to Alzheimer's

Some People are Resilient to Alzheimer's

Researchers believe that some people -- perhaps 30 to 50 percent of the population -- are resilient to the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

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The Quest for Quality in Clinical Trials

The Quest for Quality in Clinical Trials

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals is focused on workforce training and development to ensure clinical trials are well designed, executed, and reported to move the science forward.

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New Breathing Tube for Cardiac Arrest Could Save Thousands

New Breathing Tube for Cardiac Arrest Could Save Thousands

A study comparing two breathing tubes used by paramedics during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest shows that the King laryngeal tube was superior to the more commonly used endotracheal tube.

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Clinical

Research to Slow Aging Accelerates as Human Trials Begin

Research to Slow Aging Accelerates as Human Trials Begin

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Cullman Regional Medical Center Expands Facilities and Services

Cullman Regional Medical Center Expands Facilities and Services

At a time when many rural hospitals are struggling to make ends meet, Cullman Regional Medical Center is expanding services and increasing access to care for their target population.

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UAB Named Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Research

UAB Named Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Research

The UAB Department of Neurology was recently awarded a $10 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health when they were named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research.

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Resolve to Address Obesity

Resolve to Address Obesity

Obesity and its comorbid conditions impact both lifespan and quality of life. However, not all obesity is created equal. Resolve to take simple steps help identify those most at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other complications and intervene.

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Mutant Protein May Change Treatment Plans for Prostate Cancer

Mutant Protein May Change Treatment Plans for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American men and remains a significant health risk. Scientists at Southern Research in Birmingham are studying a mutated protein that could hold the key to both development and treatment of this disease and possibly make the cancer more susceptible to radiation treatment.

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Reaching Those at Greatest Risk

Reaching Those at Greatest Risk

Building off their success in reaching underserved populations in Alabama, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is launching an outreach, awareness and screening program for those at high risk of lung cancer.

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UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Goes Global to Fight HPV-Associated Cancers

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Goes Global to Fight HPV-Associated Cancers

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is responsible for approximately 42,700 HPV-associated cancers in the United States each year based on estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Grand Rounds

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Names VP of Network Contracting

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Names VP of Network Contracting

Joseph Oaks has been named Vice President of Network Contracting with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

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UAB Earns Women's Choice Award Best Hospital Designation for Five Areas

UAB Earns Women's Choice Award Best Hospital Designation for Five Areas

The UAB Hospital has received the 2019 America's Best Hospitals designation from Women's Choice Award for the practice areas of obstetrics, bariatric surgery, heart care and cancer care and as a best breast center practice.

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Community Leaders Join Children's of Alabama Board

Community Leaders Join Children's of Alabama Board

Children's of Alabama has named three new members to its Board of Trustees. Myla Calhoun, Anna Manasco and Mark Tarr have joined the all-volunteer board that helps operate the state's only freestanding pediatric medical facility.

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Ground Breaking for Vestavia Medical Plaza

Ground Breaking for Vestavia Medical Plaza

Congressman Gary Palmer, Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry, State Senator Jabo Waggoner and Dr. Bret Walters of Homewood Church of Christ joined Swaid N. Swaid, MD this week to break ground on Vestavia Medical Plaza which will be located on Old Montgomery Highway.

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Yarbrough Joins Cullman

Yarbrough Joins Cullman

Randy Yarbrough, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Gynecology Clinic. Yarbrough is a robotic-trained, board certified gynecologist.

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Dhall Named Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Blood Marrow Transplantation Program

Dhall Named Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Blood Marrow Transplantation Program

Girish Dhall, MD has been named as division director for the Hematology-Oncology and Blood Marrow Transplantation program in the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children's of Alabama.

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Tim Puthoff Named CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Tim Puthoff Named CEO of Brookwood Baptist Health and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Tim Puthoff has been named CEO of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Tenet's Alabama and Tennessee Group, which consists of a network of seven hospitals.

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American Heart Association Awards UAB for Excellence in CPR Training

The American Heart Association has named UAB Hospital as an AHA RQI Verified institution.

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DCH Honored by the Alabama Organ Center

DCH Regional Medical Center has been honored by the Alabama Organ Center and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its dedication to organ and tissue donation.

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Erwin Receives Distinguished Service Award

Erwin Receives Distinguished Service Award

Paul Erwin, MD, dean of the School of Public Health at UAB, has received the Doris Spain Award for Distinguished Service from the Tennessee Public Health Association.

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Children's of Alabama Maintains Level I Trauma Designation

Children's of Alabama was re-designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center for the State of Alabama by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Children's has held this designation continually since 2013.

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Ted Hosp Joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Ted Hosp Joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Ted Hosp has been named Executive Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Governmental Affairs division.

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