Safe and Effective Vaccines are Protecting Children

Since the middle of the twentieth century, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and have saved millions of lives.

Brookwood Baptist to Spend $12 Million on Cardiac Unit

"In Alabama, we have what I like to call Alabama Barbecue Disease. We have a lot of folks with calcified, challenging arteries," says Dave A. Cox, MD, interventional cardiologist and director of the Cardiac Catheterization La...

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Brookwood Baptist to Spend $12 Million on Cardiac Unit

Brookwood Baptist to Spend $12 Million on Cardiac Unit

"In Alabama, we have what I like to call Alabama Barbecue Disease. We have a lot of folks with calcified, challenging arteries," says Dave A. Cox, MD, interventional cardiologist and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center.

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Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

Lawmakers in both the United States House and Senate are considering two proposals to address unexpected, patient medical bills from out-of-network providers.

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Important Issues for 2019 Tax Planning

As the tax filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) comes to a close and extensions are being addressed, many tax advisors and financial planners have had the opportunity to address common concerns with their clients over the last six months.

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Lease, Build, Buy, Sell: Finding the Best Fit for Each Medical Practice

Lease, Build, Buy, Sell: Finding the Best Fit for Each Medical Practice

When it comes to medical real estate, there is no one 'right' answer for every practice. Instead, experts say it's important to understand all the options before making a decision that impacts individual physicians, the practice ... and ultimately, patients.

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Are You Paying Too Little in Rent?

Conventional wisdom says that spending less money is the most effective way to save money. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.

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Post-Breach: Preparing for a HIPAA Investigation

Post-Breach: Preparing for a HIPAA Investigation

The Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") is the federal agency that oversees compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA").

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Feature Profiles

Khrushchev and Peloton

Khrushchev and Peloton

In 1959, American was buzzing with anticipation over the upcoming meeting between Vice President Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Soviet Union.

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Reseach

New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

A new clinical trial led by the National Institutes of Health will evaluate the effectiveness of a long-acting antiretroviral therapy, or ART, combined with conditional economic incentives for patients living with HIV who have had a history of non-adherence to daily oral medication and treatment.

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Using Bag-Mask Ventilation During Intubation Improves Outcomes

Using Bag-Mask Ventilation During Intubation Improves Outcomes

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that using bag-mask ventilation during intubation improves outcomes and could potentially change the standard of care.

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Study: Low-carb Diet Provides Relief from Knee Osteoarthritis

Study: Low-carb Diet Provides Relief from Knee Osteoarthritis

A study conducted at UAB, published in Pain Medicine, shows a low-carbohydrate diet was more effective in reducing pain intensity than a low-fat diet in adults ages 65-75 suffering from osteoarthritis.

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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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Regulatory/Compliance

DOJ: EHR Companies Should Consider Themselves on Notice

Make no mistake, the federal government intends to hold health information technology ("HIT") companies accountable for failures to develop HIT in accordance with federal certification standards and compliance with federal fraud and abuse laws, including payments for customer referrals.

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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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Clinical

Safe and Effective Vaccines are Protecting Children

Safe and Effective Vaccines are Protecting Children

Since the middle of the twentieth century, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and have saved millions of lives.

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Military Veteran receives Pro Bono Surgery to Repair Nasal Injury

Military Veteran receives Pro Bono Surgery to Repair Nasal Injury

When military veteran Don Austin, who received trauma to his nose during Desert Storm, needed a revision of his septorhinoplasty surgery in order to breathe adequately, he contacted the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and their Faces of Honor Program.

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Rethinking the Approach to Acne

Rethinking the Approach to Acne

New options and research have changed the traditional approach to treating acne.

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Low Dose Naltrexone Easing Pain from Fibromyalgia and Other Painful Conditions

Low Dose Naltrexone Easing Pain from Fibromyalgia and Other Painful Conditions

When researchers began to look at how low the dosage of naltrexone could be and still be effective in helping patients overcome addiction, unexpected things began to happen.

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UAB MSHA Ranked Highest in the Nation

UAB MSHA Ranked Highest in the Nation

The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) is the highest-ranked program in the nation, according to the latest rankings by the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Grad Schools in Health Care Management."

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Urology Centers of Alabama New Women's Center

Urology Centers of Alabama New Women's Center

Mention urology, and people tend to think of men with prostate problems or kidney stones, and the mostly male physicians who care for them.

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DeShazo's Quadruplets help her Relate to Parents of Multiples

DeShazo's Quadruplets help her Relate to Parents of Multiples

A pediatrician manages the physical, behavioral, and mental health of children. Pediatricians have extensive training in the diagnosis of childhood illnesses, and make sure children meet developmental milestones.

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Grand Rounds

Grandview Medical Center in Top 10 Percent of Inpatient Rehabilitations Facilities in US

For the third year in a row, Grandview Medical Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, known as Easy Street, has been ranked in the top 10 percent of 868 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) that qualified to be ranked in the IRF database of Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR) in 2018.

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Southeast Gastro is Acquired

Gastro Health, a Miami-based gastrointestinal practice, has acquired Southeast Gastro of Birmingham.

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Nearly $50 Million NIH grant for UAB Translational Science

Nearly $50 Million NIH grant for UAB Translational Science

The UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has been renewed for another five years with grants from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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DCH Health System Raises Wages

DCH Health System has made a major investment in its employees.

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Brookwood Sandra Tincher, MD

Brookwood Sandra Tincher, MD

The Brookwood Baptist Medical Center has named Sandra Tincher, MD as Physician of the Month for the difference she makes in the lives of her patients.

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Brookwood Brookwood Welcomes New Linear Accelerator & 3T MRI

Brookwood Brookwood Welcomes New Linear Accelerator & 3T MRI

The TrueBeam® radiotherapy system is an advanced medical linear accelerator--fully-integrated for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery and designed from the ground up to treat targets with enhanced speed and accuracy.

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UAB Huntsville Opens New Psychiatric Clinic

In a state with a pronounced need for mental health services, the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine has opened a new psychiatric clinic to serve both adult and pediatric patients, located on the first floor of the Huntsville Medical Campus building.

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CMS Rule Change will Benefit Alabama Hospitals Fix to Wage Index Formula

With 75 percent of Alabama's hospitals operating in the red, the recent news of a proposed federal rule change to make hospital Medicare payments more equitable is a huge boost for the state.

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UAB Hospital Lauded for Seventh Year in a Row as one of America's Great Hospitals

UAB Hospital has been listed on Becker's Hospital Review's 2019 list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.

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Cindy Key Named Chief Nursing Officer of Walker Baptist Medical Center

Cindy Key Named Chief Nursing Officer of Walker Baptist Medical Center

Cindy Key, a nurse executive with over 35 years' experience, has been named chief nursing officer at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

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Baskin Named President of SBM

Baskin Named President of SBM

Monica L. Baskin, PhD has been selected president-elect of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).

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Urgent Care for Children Completes Round of Funding

Urgent Care for Children Completes Round of Funding

Urgent Care for Children (UC4C), a physician-owned pediatric urgent care provider, has completed a multi-million dollar round of Series A financing from McKinney Capital and Timberline Holdings.

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