Too Much Screen Time Can Harm a Child's Health

Millions of children use digital devices - computers, cell phones, televisions - for three or more hours a day for education and recreation. Studies show that too much screen time is causing physical and psychological issues ...

UAB Physician Develops Novel Node Surgery for Melanoma

Sunlight provides the energy that powers all life on earth. However, those radiant waves also have a darker side. They are a leading suspect in cellular changes that lead to melanoma, a cancer that can rapidly become lethal a...

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UAB Physician Develops Novel Node Surgery for Melanoma

UAB Physician Develops Novel Node Surgery for Melanoma

Sunlight provides the energy that powers all life on earth. However, those radiant waves also have a darker side. They are a leading suspect in cellular changes that lead to melanoma, a cancer that can rapidly become lethal as it moves into surrounding lymph nodes and beyond.

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Opportunities and Warnings about Reimbursements

Opportunities and Warnings about Reimbursements

"We have a problem with patients disregarding their medical provider, and that shows in many ways," says Maddox Casey, CPA, MBA, with Warren Averett healthcare division.

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Rural Reimbursements

Rural Reimbursements

Only 4,177 rural health clinics (RHCs) exist in the entire U.S. A little over one hundred of those reside in Alabama.

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Updating the Way to Pay

Updating the Way to Pay

CMS is proposing big changes in the physician fee schedule and quality payment program for 2019

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U.S. House Passes Bill To Improve Workforce Development In Palliative Care

On July 23, 2018 the United States House of Representatives passed HR 1676 approving grants to improve educational programs, research and workforce development in palliative medicine.

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Feature Profiles

Lynn Batten, MD Alias Dr. Fun

Lynn Batten, MD Alias Dr. Fun

If you are wandering the halls of the University of South Alabama's School of Medicine, hear music and someone counting to the beat, it's probably Dr. Fun and her colleagues.

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Regulatory/Compliance

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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The Battle over 340B

The Battle over 340B

The battle over 340B continues as hospitals serving some of the nation's most vulnerable patients worry what will happen if $1.6 billion in cuts go through.

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Reseach

Big-Data Helps Define the Burden of Sarcoidosis

Big-Data Helps Define the Burden of Sarcoidosis

Physician-scientists from UAB using big-data recently summarized in the Journal of the American Heart Association the prevalence of cardiovascular manifestations, rates of defibrillator placement (ICD) and predictors of in-hospital mortality in sarcoidosis -- a disorder that affects multiple organs.

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Drinking Sugary Drinks may be Associated with Greater Risk of Death

Drinking Sugary Drinks may be Associated with Greater Risk of Death

Adults who are 45 years old or older and who consume large amounts of sugary beverages, including soft drinks, fruit drinks and fruit juices, may have a higher risk of dying from heart disease or other causes, compared to those who drink fewer sugary drinks, according to new research.

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Improving Sleep Quality for Breast Cancer Survivors

Improving Sleep Quality for Breast Cancer Survivors

A study by researchers at the UAB School of Health Professions published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, connects aerobic physical activity -- like walking -- to better sleep for post-primary treatment breast cancer survivors.

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UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

There is growing evidence showing a connection between Parkinson's disease and the composition of the microbiome of the gut.

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Clinical

Too Much Screen Time Can Harm a Child's Health

Too Much Screen Time Can Harm a Child's Health

Millions of children use digital devices - computers, cell phones, televisions - for three or more hours a day for education and recreation. Studies show that too much screen time is causing physical and psychological issues in young people.

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Education Critical in Effort to Solve Antibiotic Resistance

Education Critical in Effort to Solve Antibiotic Resistance

As an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UAB and practicing physician at Children's of Alabama, Shannon Ross, MD has seen her share of patients with antibiotic resistance.

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Children's Opens Psychiatric Telephone Response Center

Children's Opens Psychiatric Telephone Response Center

Local emergency rooms are becoming front and center in what health care providers are calling a mental health crisis for children and adolescents.

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Accounting for ACE to Maximize Outcomes in Pediatric Patients

Accounting for ACE to Maximize Outcomes in Pediatric Patients

From adverse traumatic experiences to ongoing toxic stress, childhood traumas often play a role in adult physical, mental and emotional health.

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Building on BUILD Health

Building on BUILD Health

In a new report from the de Beaumont Foundation, health system executives weigh in on working outside their facilities' four walls to impact community health.

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A Simple Solution Can Help Prevent Surgical Site Infections

A Simple Solution Can Help Prevent Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infections cost the health care community billions of dollars each year in the United States and account for approximately 22 percent of all hospital-acquired infections.

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Turning Back Time with Advances in Cosmetic Dermatology

Turning Back Time with Advances in Cosmetic Dermatology

Looking forward to living longer is one of the great things about life in the age of modern medicine. However, most of us probably hope to look younger longer too.

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Grand Rounds

Samford's Department of Healthcare Administration Named New Program of the Year

Samford's Department of Healthcare Administration Named New Program of the Year

The Association for University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) named Samford University's Department of Healthcare Administration in the School of Public Health the 2018 New Program of the Year.

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John Parks, MD Joins Birmingham Heart Clinic

John Parks, MD Joins Birmingham Heart Clinic

John L. Parks, MD has joined Birmingham Heart Clinic from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Encompass Health Lakeshore Rehabilitation Names New CEO

Encompass Health Lakeshore Rehabilitation Names New CEO

Michael Bartell, MPH, FACHE, has been appointed as chief executive officer of Encompass Health Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly known as HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Alabama Hospital Association Recognizes Leaders

The Alabama Hospital Association recently recognized several Birmingham-area hospital leaders.

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Drs. Charles Crow and Emily Mills Join Grandview

Drs. Charles Crow and Emily Mills Join Grandview

Several new physicians have joined the Grandview Medical Center medical staff.

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DCH Regional Medical Center Offers Targeted Biopsy

DCH Regional Medical Center Offers Targeted Biopsy

DCH Regional Medical Center is now offering the UroNav system, which produces a targeted biopsy of the prostate.

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Buzz Coons Recognized

Buzz Coons Recognized

The Rainmaker Companies, a consulting group for professional services leaders, recognized a number of accountants and accounting firms for excellence at their annual conference.

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Jayme Locke, MD is Honored

Jayme Locke, MD is Honored

Jayme Locke, MD, director of the UAB Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program, has been awarded the Distinguished Investigator Award for Translation into Public Benefit and Policy.

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Herbert Walker, Jr., MD Joins St. Vincent's Primary Care Network

Herbert Walker, Jr., MD Joins St. Vincent's Primary Care Network

Herbert Walker, Jr., MD and his Cahaba Heights practice recently joined the St. Vincent's Primary Care network of locations in the greater Birmingham area.

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Hutchins Honored with DCH Excellence Award

Hutchins Honored with DCH Excellence Award

Ed Hutchins, an analyst who works in Information Technology at the DCH Health System, has been named a recipient of the DCH Excellence Award.

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Walker Baptist Receives American Heart Association Award

Walker Baptist Medical Center has received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award.

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Odom Joins Southeast Gastro

Odom Joins Southeast Gastro

Alaina Odom, CRNP has joined Southeast Gastro where she will practice collaboratively with Bradley Rubery, MD. She will care for patients at the Southeast Gastro Grandview and Alabaster clinics.

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