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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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PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION: Getting Your Legal Structure Right With Tax Reform
PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION: Getting Your Legal Structure Right With Tax Reform
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First Do No Harm: National Safety Efforts Paying Off
First Do No Harm: National Safety Efforts Paying Off

While the work isn't finished, the latest data shows efforts to improve inpatient safety by implementing best practices are really paying off.

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St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County
St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County

For three years, Chilton County has been without a hospital, which at times, has been challenging for the community. For instance, last year, when a school bus crashed in Clanton, the children had to be driven 30 miles away to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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2017: A Year of Uncertainty ... and Opportunity

PwC's Health Research Institute looks at areas of interest to the industry in 2017 starting with the looming questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

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Through the Looking Glass/Medicare Under a New Trump Administration
Through the Looking Glass/Medicare Under a New Trump Administration

What will be next for health care in the United States? While there have been some successes associated with the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") such as health insurance coverage available for some Americans that had previously not had such access and increased emphasis on core quality standards such as avoidance of hospital acquired infections1, there are more critics than proponents.

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New Software Platform Potentially Generates More Revenue
New Software Platform Potentially Generates More Revenue

ARCpoint Health has unveiled a new software tool to enable primary care physicians to garner greater reimbursements and better manage labs.

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Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange
Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange

Insurers have jumped ship on the health insurance marketplace in Alabama. Started in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the exchange has offered options by insurance carriers to all individuals and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

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2016 Health Care Year in Review
2016 Health Care Year in Review

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes - a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for-service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the health care system; provider consolidation; Alabama Medicaid's ongoing struggle to cover the cost of health care for our most needy citizens; and increased regulations for the health care industry.

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Making the Grade
Making the Grade

Long before the concept of 'patient engagement' became a rallying cry for the healthcare industry, Healthgrades was at work connecting the public to relevant information on providers and facilities in an effort to help patients make more informed decisions about care.

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Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests
Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

HIPAA and the fees for reproducing an individual's medical records may seem like old news but as recently as May 23rd, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added clarification on this very topic.

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Where did all the "S" Corporations come from?

You just formed your medical practice in Alabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a "PC") or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you get to choose between an "S" corporation ("S corp") or a "C" corporation ("C corp") for federal and state tax purposes, both named after the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") Subchapter that governs their taxation.

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Are Your Management Contracts Still OK?

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44, which updates conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use (or "bad use") of property financed with tax-exempt bonds. Compliance with the new safe harbor may be essential to the continued tax-exempt status of related bond issues. Revenue Procedure 2016-44 supersedes its well-known predecessor, Revenue Procedure 97-13.

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