Medicaid Expansion Would Provide Economic Benefits for Alabama

Editor's note: Last month we covered the Alabama Hospital Association's campaign to expand Medicaid in Alabama and how expansion would improve access to care. This month we continue the coverage with a discussion about the ec...

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 developmen...

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Medicaid Expansion Would Provide Economic Benefits for Alabama

Medicaid Expansion Would Provide Economic Benefits for Alabama

Editor's note: Last month we covered the Alabama Hospital Association's campaign to expand Medicaid in Alabama and how expansion would improve access to care. This month we continue the coverage with a discussion about the economic benefits expansion would bring to the state's healthcare providers.

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Don't Get Caught in a Copay Conundrum

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Feature Profiles

A Promise to Help

A Promise to Help

When Sandra Ford, MD was eight years old, her father took her to the doctor. At that time, Alabama was under segregationist laws, so the seven-hour wait that young Sandra and her father had to see the doctor wasn't unusual.

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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

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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Complete In-Office Reflux Testing

Complete In-Office Reflux Testing

"Physicians are all aware of the indications for testing for gastroesophageal reflux," says John Touliatos MD, with Advanced Surgeons. "But they may not know that we can now do the full evaluation for those patients in an office setting."

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O'Neal Industries Gift will transform the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

O'Neal Industries Gift will transform the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

O'Neal Industries have given the largest single gift in UAB history -- a $30 million donation to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Wellness for Life

A funeral can teach you a lot about yourself, especially a family funeral where you see the toll of time on a room full of relatives you haven't seen in years.

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Sleep As a Window to Wellness

Sleep As a Window to Wellness

It's resolution time again, and as usual, getting in shape and losing weight are likely to be near the top of most lists. However, one often overlooked health habit could make many of the others easier to achieve, and could have a positive influence on health for a lifetime.

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Grand Rounds

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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New 3D Mammography at DCH Regional and Northport Medical

The latest in 3D Mammography is available at DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center.

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Susan Bria Named CNO of Shelby Baptist

Susan Bria Named CNO of Shelby Baptist

Susan Bria has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

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Campaign for UAB Surpasses One Billion Dollars

Campaign for UAB Surpasses One Billion Dollars

The future of UAB is now one billion times brighter.

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Amy Beard Named CNO at Brookwood

Amy Beard Named CNO at Brookwood

Amy Beard has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center.

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James Hill, PhD Joins UAB

James Hill, PhD Joins UAB

James Hill, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in weight management, has been named chair of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences and director of the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC).

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Megan Drake Named COO of Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Megan Drake Named COO of Shelby Baptist Medical Center

Megan Drake has been named Chief Operating Officer of Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Drake began her career with Community Health System (CHS) in 2010 as an Administrative Specialist at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Princeton Baptist Doubles Cardiac MRI Throughput with New MRI

Princeton Baptist Medical Center has added a new 1.5 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to its roster.

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BCBS Alabama Updates Opioid Management Strategy

In a continued effort to help battle the opioid epidemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is updating its opioid management strategy.

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Cassandra Frieson, DNP honored by UAH

Cassandra Frieson, DNP honored by UAH

Cassandra Warner Frieson, DNP is the recipient of the 2018 University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) Alumni of Achievement Award.

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