Alabama Caught in the Mire of the Hospital Wage Index

"The methodology was flawed to begin with," says Danne Howard, chief policy officer with Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA), about Medicare's method for calculating the reimbursement rate for hospitals, especially rural fac...

Building Boom for UAB Medicine

Girders, cranes, and concrete are a familiar sight around UAB, especially now with three new construction projects underway on the medical side alone.

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Building Boom for UAB Medicine

Building Boom for UAB Medicine

Girders, cranes, and concrete are a familiar sight around UAB, especially now with three new construction projects underway on the medical side alone.

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Understanding Total Cost of Occupancy

Understanding Total Cost of Occupancy

There are many questions to consider when determining where to locate or move a practice.

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Escobar Materiality Requirement Wipes Out $347 Million Jury Verdict in False Claims Act Case

In 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Universal Health Servs. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar which dealt, in part, with how the "materiality" requirement should be enforced in False Claims Act ("FCA") cases.

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European Union's General Data Protection Regulation

European Union's General Data Protection Regulation

You may have heard a lot lately about GDPR lately and thought "Why should I care? It probably won't affect me or my business."

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Alabama Caught in the Mire of the Hospital Wage Index

Alabama Caught in the Mire of the Hospital Wage Index

"The methodology was flawed to begin with," says Danne Howard, chief policy officer with Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA), about Medicare's method for calculating the reimbursement rate for hospitals, especially rural facilities. "But it's become even worse."

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Regulatory/Compliance

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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Healthcare Collaboration

Not every major action takes an act of legislation.

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DOJ's New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

DOJ's New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made a surprising announcement that it may begin seeking dismissal of meritless qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act.

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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

Reconstructive Medicine Helps Patients Reclaim Their Self Image

Reconstructive Medicine Helps Patients Reclaim Their Self Image

In an instant on a slippery interstate, the face you expect to see in the mirror every morning could change.

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Finding the Sweet Spot in Aesthetic Medicine

Finding the Sweet Spot in Aesthetic Medicine

Patients want to 'look natural,' but what does that mean? Noted Chicago plastic surgeon, professor, researcher, and author Dr. Steven Dayan offers insight on his vision for the four dimensions of beauty.

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USPSTF Issues Final Recommendation on PSA-Based Screening

USPSTF Issues Final Recommendation on PSA-Based Screening

Does PSA-based screening for prostate cancer do more harm than good? While the USPSTF has released final recommendations for routine screening, the answer really remains an individualized decision.

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New Procedure Offers More Affordable Treatment for Infertility

New Procedure Offers More Affordable Treatment for Infertility

A new device, the INVOcell, is now available for many women seeking infertility treatment at one-third of the cost of traditional in vitro fertilization.

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Increasing Number of Women Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

Increasing Number of Women Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

Pulmonologist Sandra Gilley, MD says that COPD and lung cancer are a very real risk for women. And she wants physicians to be aware of the current screening recommendations.

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The New War on Alzheimer's

The New War on Alzheimer's

Jim Freeman survived D-Day. He survived Rommel's tanks rolling over his foxhole in North Africa, and even made it home after lying wounded in the snow at the Battle of the Bulge.

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Which Treatment for Which Tumor?

Which Treatment for Which Tumor?

'Brain tumor' may be the two most frightening words a patient will ever hear a surgeon speak. After the shock, there will be questions--most will ask what can be done.

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Grand Rounds

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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Carter Elected to State Medical Association Board

Carter Elected to State Medical Association Board

Hernando Carter, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at UAB, will serve on the Medical Association of the State of Alabama's board. Carter was elected as an at-large member.

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St. Vincent's Birmingham Now Offers Multiple Mazor Renaissance Robots

St. Vincent's Birmingham is the only hospital in the state and one of only two hospitals in the country to offer multiple Mazor Renaissance Robots for minimally invasive spinal surgery.

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UAB Orthopaedics Opens Sports Medicine Clinic

UAB Orthopaedics Opens Sports Medicine Clinic

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UAB School of Medicine has opened a new sports medicine clinic at UAB Highlands Hospital targeted at college-age and older athletes.

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Doug Brewer Joins Whitfield Memorial Hospital as CEO

Doug Brewer Joins Whitfield Memorial Hospital as CEO

Douglas Brewer has been named the new chief executive officer of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital (BWWMH). He joins BWWMH from Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega.

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Willett to lead international internal medicine residency training organization

Willett to lead international internal medicine residency training organization

Lisa Willett, MD, director of the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program and vice chair for Education in the Department of Medicine, was elected president-elect of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM).

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Blue Cross Promotes Executives

Blue Cross Promotes Executives

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has promoted several executives.

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Barton Wood, MD Speaks on Hernias

Barton Wood, MD Speaks on Hernias

Barton S. Wood, MD of Advanced Surgeons recently spoke to a gathering at the Greystone YMCA, where he discussed hernia surgery.

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