Children's Neurologist Studies Rare Disease

Children's of Alabama pediatric neurologist Lydia Marcus, MD wants the medical community to take acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) seriously.

New Stent System Improves Treatment of Venous Obstructive Disease

Venous obstructive disease affects about 40 percent of the U.S. population.

Business

Understanding the New National Practitioner Data Bank Reporting Requirements

Since its establishment in 1986, the National Practitioner Data Bank ("NPDB") has served as a nationwide clearinghouse for information about matters relating to the professional competence of physicians and other practitioners.

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340B Program has Uncertain Future

340B Program has Uncertain Future

The government's 340B drug discount program, which was begun in 1992, has been under the scrutiny of the Administration and Congress for the past two years with ill effects for participating hospitals and the potential for more reform on the horizon.

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Alabama Hospitals May See Wage Index Increase this Fall

Alabama Hospitals May See Wage Index Increase this Fall

"I hate to say it, but anything is better than nothing. We're getting slaughtered," says David McCormack, about the potential hospital wage index (area wage index - AWI) increase in Medicare reimbursements.

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What Have You Done for Me Lately?

What have you done for me lately? Now that the tune is stuck in your head, specifically, have you recently conducted a thorough and up to date risk assessment in accordance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA")?

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Hot Topics in Healthcare Law

Hot Topics in Healthcare Law

Never a dull moment ... the highly regulated nature of the healthcare industry keeps America's health lawyers hopping.

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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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Feature Profiles

The Dread River - Where Spirits, Beer and Wine Flow

The Dread River - Where Spirits, Beer and Wine Flow

A new business venture has joined Birmingham's successful craft brewing industry on the southside of the city.

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Reseach

Meal Timing Strategies Appear to Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Meal Timing Strategies Appear to Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Researchers at UAB have discovered that meal timing strategies -- like intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the daytime -- appear to help people lose weight.

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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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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

New Stent System Improves Treatment of Venous Obstructive Disease

New Stent System Improves Treatment of Venous Obstructive Disease

Venous obstructive disease affects about 40 percent of the U.S. population.

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Children's Neurologist Studies Rare Disease

Children's Neurologist Studies Rare Disease

Children's of Alabama pediatric neurologist Lydia Marcus, MD wants the medical community to take acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) seriously.

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The Enigma of Rett Syndrome

The Enigma of Rett Syndrome

A baby girl is born, beautiful and seemingly healthy, with the promise of a bright future ahead of her. Then, out of nowhere, the progress she has made in verbal and motor skills begins to regress.

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What Pregnant Women Don't Know

What Pregnant Women Don't Know

As soon as a woman announces that she's pregnant, she begins getting advice. Someone usually tells her to avoid changing litter boxes so she doesn't get toxoplasmosis.

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How to Spot Signs of Elder Abuse

How to Spot Signs of Elder Abuse

Approximately one in 10 older people in the United States has experienced physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse.

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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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Grand Rounds

Brookwood Honors Wahib Mena, MD

Brookwood Honors Wahib Mena, MD

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center has named Wahib Mena, MD, Neonatologist, as Physician of the Month for the difference he makes in the lives of his patients.

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The American Sports Medicine Institute Honors Lanier Johnson

The American Sports Medicine Institute Honors Lanier Johnson

The Board of Directors of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) recently recognized Lanier Johnson, Executive Director, for his 15 years of service at ASMI and his overall 30 years of service in the sports medicine field.

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Cohen named Chief of UAB Primary Care

Cohen named Chief of UAB Primary Care

Stuart J. Cohen, MD has been named the inaugural Chief of Primary Care for the UAB Health System and UAB Medicine.

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Colleen Tobe-Donohue, DO Named President of AAFP

Colleen Tobe-Donohue, DO Named President of AAFP

Colleen Tobe-Donohue, DO was recently elected president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

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Samford's Ida Moffett School of Nursing Receives $3.5 Million Grant

Samford University's Ida Moffett School of Nursing will receive $3.5 million over a four-year period to place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary care residency. The grant is the largest in Samford University's history.

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Dawson Elected President of National Black Nurses Association

Dawson Elected President of National Black Nurses Association

Martha Dawson, DNP, assistant professor at the UAB School of Nursing, has been elected to serve as the president of the National Black Nurses Association. She will serve a two-year term.

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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Named America's 50 Best for Vascular Surgery

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, among the leading online resources for information about physicians and hospitals.

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Worthey Appointed to Pediatric and Pathology Director Positions

Worthey Appointed to Pediatric and Pathology Director Positions

Elizabeth Worthey, PhD has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as the director for the Center for Genomic Data Sciences.

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Storey Named COO of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Storey Named COO of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center

Brookwood Baptist Health has named Paul Storey, FACHE as chief operating officer of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center.

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Times Higher Ed ranks UAB the Top Young U.S. University for Second Year in a Row

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been ranked the top young university in the United States for the second year in a row and secured a spot as the No. 12 young university worldwide in the Times Higher Education 2019 Young University Rankings.

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Andrews Offers 24/7 Appointment Scheduling

Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is the first orthopaedic practice in Birmingham to offer 24/7 appointment scheduling by phone.

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Franklin Receives International Nursing Honor

Franklin Receives International Nursing Honor

Holly Franklin, RN, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) nurse at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, has been recognized with the DAISY Award.

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