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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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The Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018

On June 1, 2018, any person or business that acquires or uses personally identifiable information of an Alabama resident, or contracts to maintain, store, process or access such information, may be subject to The Alabama Data Breach Notification Act of 2018.

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Staying Focused on Practice Business Strategy

I recently attended a conference in Las Vegas where I caught up with colleagues who specialize in healthcare operations and business strategy.

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Can I Waive a Patient's Co-Pay?
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Searching for Sustainable Solutions to the Physician Shortage
Searching for Sustainable Solutions to the Physician Shortage

AAMC calls for a multi-pronged approach to address the looming physician shortage.

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The Art of Interviewing Applicants
The Art of Interviewing Applicants

"If they have an email address of [email protected] on their resume, I'm not going to call," says Jennifer Neal, administrator with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates in Birmingham. "Obviously you're not thinking."

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M-Power Bridges the Gap for Those in Need
M-Power Bridges the Gap for Those in Need

Health care insurance is a hotly contested political issue, but the true cost is felt by individuals unable to pay for medical care. Without help, many become seriously ill or live with chronic, often debilitating conditions that prevent the uninsured from maintaining steady employment.

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Affordable Care Update

At the core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the three-legged stool: (1) insurance reforms; (2) the individual mandate; and (3) premium and cost-sharing subsidies. Removal of any one of these legs could destabilize the ACA.

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New Primary Care Tract Welcomes First Students This Summer
New Primary Care Tract Welcomes First Students This Summer

With only 73 physicians per 10,000 residents, a 2012 survey ranked Alabama 45th in the country in primary physicians per capita. In rural areas, where transportation can also be a problem, the nearest primary care can be even farther.

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Alabama Legislature Considers Cybersecurity Law
Alabama Legislature Considers Cybersecurity Law

At the time of this writing, Alabama is one step closer to having a law on the books related to cybersecurity. Alabama is currently one of two states along with South Dakota that have not passed a data breach notification law.

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Password Protected
Password Protected

Trying to stay ahead of healthcare hacks can be time consuming and costly. Yet, many medical practices and healthcare companies could significantly lower risks by following simple, inexpensive best practices.

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The Art of Collecting Procedure Payments
The Art of Collecting Procedure Payments

"People don't think about their deductible and when the time comes, we have to educate them about their insurance," says Lisa Warren, CEO at Andrews Sports Medicine.

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Finding Effective Staff Incentives
Finding Effective Staff Incentives

U.S. businesses spent $90 billion on non-cash incentives for staff in 2015. Only 26 percent of businesses offered any non-cash options. "The biggest obstacle to finding incentives is just that everyone's motivator is different.

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New Tools for Providers in False Claims Actions
New Tools for Providers in False Claims Actions

A pair of Justice Department memos have made waves in the past month and have the potential to significantly impact the way the federal government prosecutes civil enforcement cases, particularly those brought under the False Claims Act.

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The Providers Role in the New Medicare ID Transition
The Providers Role in the New Medicare ID Transition

"The one thing doctors should be doing is making sure their patients have their address correct with Medicare," says Phillip Allen, billing service manager with MediSYS.

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Malpractice Premiums Trend Low
Malpractice Premiums Trend Low

A historic run of low medical malpractice premiums continues across the U.S., including in Alabama.

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Updating Business Associate Agreements ─ A New Year's Resolution
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How does the new tax law affect you in 2018?
How does the new tax law affect you in 2018?

In late December 2017, the president signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act--the first major change in the income tax code in over 30 years.

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Cyberattack Response
Cyberattack Response

The 2017 news was replete with stories announcing ransomware attacks on health IT systems across the country.

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2017 Healthcare Year in Review
2017 Healthcare Year in Review

If the 2017 healthcare environment could be summed up in one word, it would be "uncertainty."

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Frustrated by Congress, Trump signs order to weaken Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an order to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans, using his presidential powers to undermine Obamacare after fellow Republicans in Congress failed to repeal the 2010 law.

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