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October Grand Rounds
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OIG Issues Advisory Opinion on Patient Gift Cards
On June 27, 2008, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued an advisory opinion regarding a proposal to provide $10 gift cards to patients whose service expectations are not met (“Advisory Opinion No. 08-07”).  The entity which requested the opinion is an integrated health delivery system that provides health care services through a nursing facility, health plan, and several hospitals and medical clinics (“Requestor”).
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Patient Feedback Could Reduce Medical Diagnosis Errors
Eta S. Berner, UAB School of Health Professions
Patient Feedback Could Reduce Medical Diagnosis Errors
Research shows that the majority of medical diagnoses are correct. However, diagnostic errors occur more often than patients expect and certainly more than doctors realize. In fact, the rate of diagnostic error can be as high as 15 percent, according to Eta S. Berner, EdD, professor of health administration in the School of Health Professions at UAB.
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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Shawn Morehead’s Mission
Morehead with village boys in Ghana.
Physician Spotlight: Dr. Shawn Morehead’s Mission
Growing up in Miami, Fla., can impart the kind of wisdom it takes to successfully bridge cross-cultural differences. Combine that with the influences of a nurse mother, an educator father and missionary grandparents, then throw in a heap of medical education and practice, and you’ve got Shawn Morehead.

A graduate of Lee College (now Lee University) in Cleveland, Tenn., Morehead earned her medical degree from the University of Miami. She also holds a master’s in public health from UAB. She is board certified in family medicine.
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Physician Spotlight: Wilderness ER
Physician Spotlight: Wilderness ER

Beth Phillips, M.D., Takes Emergency Medicine Into The Wilds

When Beth Phillips isn't showing new residents the ropes as an attending physician in the UAB Emergency Department, you might find her zip lining through the trees of Costa Rica.

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Rudeseal Traces Lineage to Creek Ancestors
Rudeseal Traces Lineage to Creek Ancestors
When Dr. Frank Rudeseal was just four years old, he accidentally impaled his hand on a pitchfork at his family's south Texas farm. "I didn't feel pain, but I could see light through the holes in my hand," Rudeseal said. "I went inside and poured Merthiolate on it and wrapped it in a neckerchief." His father took him to the doctor, where young Rudeseal was given a penicillin shot and a tetanus shot. When the tetanus vaccine sent him into anaphylactic shock, the doctor had to resuscitate the 4-year-old. Impressed by his brush with death, Rudeseal had new career aspirations...
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The Challenge Facing HCIT
The Challenge Facing HCIT
Information is like water. Getting enough is essential, but a flood can leave you drowning in data. The volume of information flowing through the average medical practice has already risen to test the limits of traditional paper, fax and dictation methods. Now a tide of aging baby boomers needing healthcare threatens a new deluge.
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The Digital Horizon
Reuben Buckareff, Blink MD CEO
The Digital Horizon
Three decades into the Information Age, we’ve become accustomed to ever-faster speeds and larger data capacities in smaller hardware. Kilobytes became megabytes, then gigabytes and terabytes, as information technology keeps crossing new thresholds. In healthcare, information technology and electronic medical records have given medical offices powerful tools to help manage an enormous and growing volume of data.
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Vision Correction Pioneer is One of the Best Doctors in America®
Being recognized by your peers is an honor no matter what your career, and thanks to recognition and nomination by his peers, Dr. Price Kloess has been named one the Best Doctors in America® in the field of ophthalmology.
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Volunteers Opening First Free Clinic in Shelby County
Dr. McElderry visits with young patients at Greenvale Pediatrics
Volunteers Opening First Free Clinic in Shelby County
Over 89 million Americans are without health insurance. Most of the uninsured are from working families, people who exhaust their paychecks covering necessities, often postponing medical care until a condition is critical. While healthcare providers nationwide are aware of the problem, a local Birmingham physician is spearheading an effort to help.
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Will Income Taxes Increase in 2009?
Being in the midst of an election year, we muskkassouft look ahead for the changes that are likely to occur when the executive and/or legislative branches of the federal government shift seats from one party to another. While no one can accurately predict the outcome of the fall election, many pollsters predict a change of party in the White House in 2009.
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Strategies for Safeguarding Essential Data
It doesn’t require a Katrina sized hurricane or a Cedar Rapids flood to create a data disaster. Even the most reliable servers have hard disks that eventually wear out. A leaky roof, a closet fire next door, or even a patient sneaking a cigarette under a smoke detector can leave sensitive equipment soaked and out of service.
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A Physician Shortage – The Rural Crisis
Dr. John Wheat, center, does ICU rounds with a group of rural medical students
A Physician Shortage – The Rural Crisis
The shortage of primary care physicians is a problem nation-wide, but rural areas are feeling the impact more than urban communities. Alabama’s shortage of rural physicians is a continuing problem, with only 10 of the state’s 67 counties having adequate medical access, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2008 listing of medically underserved areas.
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New Generation Da Vinci Surgical Robot at Princeton Baptist
New Generation Da Vinci Surgical Robot at Princeton Baptist
The newest generation of the da Vinci surgical robot has rolled into Birmingham. The only one in the city, the 3-D high-definition (HD) version at Princeton Baptist Medical Center solves a few of the older system’s limitations and ups the visuals to high definition.
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CMS Proposes New Stark Exception for Gainsharing and Incentive Payment Programs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a new proposed rule that would add a regulatory exception to the Stark law to protect gainsharing and incentive payment programs between hospitals and physicians.  Properly structured gainsharing arrangements present hospitals with an opportunity to provide physicians with an incentive to reduce costs by sharing cost savings.  Similarly, incentive payment programs allow hospitals to offer physicians economic incentives to provide top quality patient care.
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2007 Health Law Year in Review
Another year is coming to a close, and it is time again for my year-end review of healthcare events and legal changes for Alabama healthcare providers. As I reflect back over 2007, I am reminded of a quote by Albert Einstein: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” The changes of 2007 will have a profound effect on the healthcare industry and will undoubtedly create many challenges and uncertainties in the year ahead. However, there is always opportunity in change...
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50 Candles: Pediatrics East Celebrates a Half Century of Medical Care
It was exactly 50 years ago, July 1957. Vincent Carnaggio, MD, just out of residency, opened a practice in Eastlake called Pediatrics East. He knew the hours would be grueling, seeing office patients, tending all night to the sickest at Children’s Hospital and making house calls.
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Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Thriving at UAB
Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program Thriving at UAB
In October 2000, the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program began at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital due to a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation mandate requiring all pediatric programs with more than 40 patients over the age of 21 to establish an adult program.
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Advance Planning a Must when Starting a New Medical Practice
As with any new business, the start up of a private medical practice takes a lot of planning that should begin months before the office opens. “Many physicians think starting a practice should happen automatically — you just get your license and walk into a practice,” said Gerry Kassouf, CPA, director of Healthcare Services Group of Kassouf & Co.
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Advantages and Challenges for Teleradiology
Teleradiology, the electronic transmission of radiological images from one location to another for consultation purposes, has successfully entered routine health services and by many accounts, now ranks as telemedicine's largest field.
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Advice to Practice Managers: Balance Your Workload by Outsourcing
As every medical practice manager knows, an administrator’s duties are not limited to the financial side of the business. Administrators also are involved in the real estate of the practice, the buildup of the practice, human resources, risk management and professional liability, to name just a few areas of responsibility.
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Agenta’s Drug Platform Poises Company for Future Growth
Dr. Arthur DeCarlo, president and science director of Agenta Biotechnologies, has seen enough clinical cases of bone degeneration in oral and periodontal cases to be aware of what an impact bone regeneration would have in restoring health to a multitude of patients.
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Air Ambulance Company Charts Course for Growth
Air Ambulance Company Charts Course for Growth
A Birmingham-based air ambulance company has been recognized internationally for its service, but it also offers benefits to patients closer to home. AirMed International recently won the Air Ambulance Provider of the Year Award at ceremonies in Venice, Italy. AirMed was the only U.S. finalist for the award, which was presented by London-based Voyageur Group’s International Travel Insurance Journal.
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Alabama Providers Face Difficulties with NPI Transition
HIPAA has mandated the adoption of National Provider Identifier (NPI) numbers with the goal of improving the efficiency of electronic claims. “In the past, providers have had to use a different ID with each carrier when filing claims,” said Nancy Ellis of MediSYS. “With the NPI, they will have one number that works everywhere.”
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Alabama’s CON Laws Undergo Examination
Debate over Alabama’s certificate of need (CON) laws came to the forefront with the release of a recent study by the Alabama Policy Institute (API) that calls the laws “a bureaucratic hindrance to a dynamic 21st-century health system.” Roy Cordato, vice president for research and a resident scholar with the John Locke Foundation in North Carolina, is author of the report, “Certificate of Need Laws: Why It’s Time for Repeal.”
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