New Products Help Hemophilia Patients

Hemophilia is a rare, inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot normally. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, these patients bleed for a longer time than other people followi...

Brantley Performs Alabama's First Eluvia Stent Procedure

The same processes that cause dangerous narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart can also cause damage in other parts of the body.

Business

Sharing Data, Saving Lives

Sharing Data, Saving Lives

In an increasingly connected medical ecosystem where patient safety, health status improvement, and provider reimbursement are impacted at every point along the continuum, the need to efficiently, securely share data appears to have reached a tipping point.

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The Mandate-less ACA: Unconstitutional?

The foundations of our national healthcare law do not strike observers as particularly stable. The laws and regulations scaffolding the delivery of healthcare are constantly evolving at best, and a shifting morass at worst.

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Feature Profiles

Stretching Himself

Stretching Himself

The story begins with a young electrical engineering grad fresh out of Ohio University with a double major in chemistry. It was the late 90s, and he was on the road to a PhD in biomedical engineering with no clear aim.

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Regulatory/Compliance

HHS Publishes Guidelines on Cybersecurity

This December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils issued voluntary guidelines to assist healthcare providers assess cybersecurity risks and suggestions for mitigating those risks.

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CMS Changes Durable Medical Equipment Regs

CMS Changes Durable Medical Equipment Regs

Starting January 1st, Medicare will put the competitive bidding program (CBP) on durable medical equipment on hiatus. For patients and businesses alike, this opens the door to easier access and a larger market in Birmingham for the sales and rentals of anything from nebulizers to prosthetics to home hospital beds.

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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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Reseach

New Drug Should Benefit Majority of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

A triple-combination drug has been shown to be effective in improving lung function for the majority of patients with cystic fibrosis. The new therapy should provide therapeutic benefits for 90 percent of all patients with the genetic disease.

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Some People are Resilient to Alzheimer's

Some People are Resilient to Alzheimer's

Researchers believe that some people -- perhaps 30 to 50 percent of the population -- are resilient to the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

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The Quest for Quality in Clinical Trials

The Quest for Quality in Clinical Trials

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals is focused on workforce training and development to ensure clinical trials are well designed, executed, and reported to move the science forward.

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New Breathing Tube for Cardiac Arrest Could Save Thousands

New Breathing Tube for Cardiac Arrest Could Save Thousands

A study comparing two breathing tubes used by paramedics during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest shows that the King laryngeal tube was superior to the more commonly used endotracheal tube.

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Clinical

Brantley Performs Alabama's First Eluvia Stent Procedure

Brantley Performs Alabama's First Eluvia Stent Procedure

The same processes that cause dangerous narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart can also cause damage in other parts of the body.

Read More

New Products Help Hemophilia Patients

New Products Help Hemophilia Patients

Hemophilia is a rare, inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot normally. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, these patients bleed for a longer time than other people following an injury. The also can bleed internally.

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Grandview Electrophysiology Lab

Grandview Electrophysiology Lab

When Grandview Medical Center opened its doors in 2015, their new electrophysiology program began with one lab.

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Cardiovascular Associates Tops National Enrollment in Trial for PAD Relief

Cardiovascular Associates Tops National Enrollment in Trial for PAD Relief

Birmingham's Cardiovascular Associates has become the highest enrolling site in North America for the Surmodics TRANSCEND drug-coated balloon (DCB) trial.

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New Generation Ultrasound May Improve Stenting Procedures

New Generation Ultrasound May Improve Stenting Procedures

UAB cardiologists are the first in the United States to perform a post-market study of a new high-definition intravascular ultrasound (HD-IVUS) used for stenting cardiac arteries.

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Updated Cholesterol Guidelines Take a Personalized Approach

Updated Cholesterol Guidelines Take a Personalized Approach

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology released updated cholesterol clinical guidelines in November 2018, taking a more nuanced approach to care over a patient's lifetime.

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Love and Health

Love and Health

There must be something in those Valentine chocolates that is good for you. After all, married people on average tend to live longer.

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Grand Rounds

Kassouf Holds Modernizing Medicine Workshop

Kassouf Holds Modernizing Medicine Workshop

On January 31st, Kassouf & Co held a Modernizing Medicine Workshop which is designed to provide training and additional information for Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons, and staff on using the modmed Dermatology Practice Management EMR Suite.

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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Announces Medical Staff Officers and Department Chairs Russell Ronson, MD Elected Chief of Staff

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Announces Medical Staff Officers and Department Chairs Russell Ronson, MD Elected Chief of Staff

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center has announced the hospital's 2019-2020 Medical Staff officers and department chairpersons. These physicians, who were elected by their peers, began their tenure effective January 1 and will serve a two-year term.

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Grandview Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 12th Floor

Grandview Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 12th Floor

In January, Grandview Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting for the 12th floor of the hospital.

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UAB MSHA Program Wins Award

The Master of Science in Health Administration program at the UAB school of Health Professions has been acknowledged for excellence by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education as the winner of the 2019 CAHME/Baylor Scott and White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education.

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New UAB Gardendale Freestanding ED and Medical Office Building Open

New UAB Gardendale Freestanding ED and Medical Office Building Open

The new UAB freestanding emergency department and medical office building in Gardendale opened and began seeing patients on January 15th.

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Jayme Locke, MD Named Director

Jayme Locke, MD Named Director

Jayme Locke, MD has been named director of the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute.

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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Announces $1,000,000 Investment in UAB Breast Cancer Research

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Announces $1,000,000 Investment in UAB Breast Cancer Research

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) recently presented its largest donation ever of $1,000,000 to the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Since its inception in 1996, the BCRFA has made an annual donation to research with proceeds from all its fund-raising efforts during the prior year.

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Fobian Honored

Fobian Honored

Aaron Fobian, PhD, assistant professor in the UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, has been given the prestigious designation of Rising Star by the Association of Psychological Science.

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Forbes Names BCBS of Alabama One of America's Best Employers for Diversity

Forbes named Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama one of America's 2019 Best Employers for Diversity. Only 500 companies earned this distinction, and Blue Cross scored in the top third. Blue Cross was also one of only two companies in Alabama to earn this recognition.

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Medicare Expansion is a Necessity for Alabama Hospitals

Alabama has an opportunity to generate billions of dollars in economic activity and state savings and provide more than 340,000 Alabamians with health insurance coverage, according to two reports released this week regarding Medicaid expansion.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Names VP of Network Contracting

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Names VP of Network Contracting

Joseph Oaks has been named Vice President of Network Contracting with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

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UAB Earns Women's Choice Award Best Hospital Designation for Five Areas

UAB Earns Women's Choice Award Best Hospital Designation for Five Areas

The UAB Hospital has received the 2019 America's Best Hospitals designation from Women's Choice Award for the practice areas of obstetrics, bariatric surgery, heart care and cancer care and as a best breast center practice.

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