Research Leads to Better Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis      

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common chronic inflammatory, pruritic skin disease. It causes intense itching and scratching which leads to a severe rash.  ...Read More

 



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Surviving The Shifting Reimbursement Landscape | Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; MACRA; Medicare Physician Fee Schedule; Alternative Payment Model; Merit-based Incentive Payment System; Physician Quality Reporting System; Value-based Payment Modifier; Quality Resource Use Report; meaningful use;
Surviving The Shifting Reimbursement Landscape
When you live in a seismic zone, you don’t wait for the ground to start shaking to prepare.  You build your home from the ground up with strength and flexibility engineered to help you survive, and you stock up on resources you may need to ride out the aftershocks.
 
Health Empowerment - There’s an App for That | Arthritis Power, Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute PCORI,  Global Healthy Living Foundation, Creakybones.org. UAB, James H. Willig MD, Patient Powered Research Network
Health Empowerment - There’s an App for That
When you’re living with a chronic disease like arthritis, there are times when even the best efforts to keep a positive attitude bog down into a feeling of helplessness.
 
X-ray Reimbursements Will Bring an End to Analog and CR | x-ray, digital imaging, CMS, digital radiography, DR, computed radiography, CR, x-ray machines, Capital X-Ray, Terry Stiff, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
X-ray Reimbursements Will Bring an End to Analog and CR
Medicare has begun the push toward purely digital radiography (DR). Starting next year, reimbursements for exams preformed on film-based x-ray machines will radically decline. The following year, reimbursements involving computed radiography (CR) equipment will get hit.
 
ASTHAMA/ALLERGY FOCUS

Research Leads to Better Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis | Atopic dermatitis; eczema; atopic dermatitis and related allergies; Dupilumab
Research Leads to Better Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common chronic inflammatory, pruritic skin disease. It causes intense itching and scratching which leads to a severe rash.
 
10 Things to Know About Allergies
  1. Systemic steroids are overused. Physicians often give steroid shots or oral bursts for sinusitis, bronchitis, URI’s, asthma, joint inflammation, skin conditions or other reasons.

 
Antifungal Treatment: A New Approach to Asthma Care?
Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine have found that patients with asthma or chronic sinusitis benefited from antifungal therapies – even in patients who weren’t particularly sensitive or allergic to fungi.
 
MENTAL HEALTH FOCUS

Heroin and Birmingham’s Medical Community | heroin in Birmingham, heroin, painkillers, role of prescriptions in heroin addiction, pill mills, doc shopping, teens on pain killers, Addiction Prevention Coalition, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Heroin and Birmingham’s Medical Community
“Through my entire career,” says Clay Morris, special agent with the Birmingham Office of the DEA, “I’ve never spoken to a heroin addict who didn’t have a prescription drug addiction.”
 
To Be, Or Not To Be
To Be, Or Not To Be

Suicide Biomarkers and Ketamine Rescue 

Our fate may not be written in the stars, but our risk of suicidal depression could be written in microRNA (miRNA) that affects neurotransmitters including serotonin and dopamine.


 
UAB Study Finds Relationship between Marijuana Use and Loss of Verbal Memory

Marijuana is the most frequently used illicit drug in the United States, according to a recent survey from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and new data suggest that marijuana use now could pose a serious cognitive function risk later in life.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Great Outdoors Calls to Mark Williams, MD
Great Outdoors Calls to Mark Williams, MD
Take a moment to open Google Maps, and zoom in on the northwestern corner of the United State where you’ll find a thin blue line wending its way through central Idaho.
 
Guest Writers

Protect Your Practice from Ransomeware
noun: ransomware: a type of malicious malware/software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
 
More Medicare Provider and Supplier Revalidation: Just what the Doctor Ordered
Just when Medicare providers thought the revalidation process was over, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added another set of requirements. As of March 1, 2016, CMS has instituted Cycle 2 with an easier and gentler approach at provider number revalidation.
 
Ex-Husband's Revenge Leads to HHS Trophy
Patient care is not confined to a single office or exam room, or a single physician or other provider.
 
Alabama Hospital Association Response to Medicaid Budget
 “The General Fund Budget passed by the legislature and recently vetoed by Gov. Bentley is $85 million short of the money needed to fund the current Medicaid program, a program that provides health care to almost 25 percent of the state’s population,” said Danne Howard, executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Alabama Hospital Association.
 
The Literary Examiner

“I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives”

by Dr. Roberto Canessa and Pablo Vierci

c.2016, Atria Books; $26.00 / $35.00 Canada; 291 pages


 
Grand Rounds

April 2016 Grand Rounds
 


Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries
Title: Sleep Doesn't Come Easy to Those With Brain Injuries
Category: Health News
Created: 4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout
Title: Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout
Category: Health News
Created: 4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 2:00 am CDT

1 in 4 Hospitalized Newborns Gets Heartburn Drugs, Despite Risks
Title: 1 in 4 Hospitalized Newborns Gets Heartburn Drugs, Despite Risks
Category: Health News
Created: 4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors' Minds Sharp
Title: Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors' Minds Sharp
Category: Health News
Created: 4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Got Eczema?
Title: Health Tip: Got Eczema?
Category: Health News
Created: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Plane Ride
Title: Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Plane Ride
Category: Health News
Created: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 2:00 am CDT


Is this Howard University's tipping point? - Washington Post

Washington Post

Is this Howard University's tipping point?
Washington Post
The Great Recession hit black families especially hard, and to compound things, Congress's mandated cuts under sequestration meant reductions in Howard's federal appropriation. Policy shifts under the Obama administration also ... President Obama will ...

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Posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:06 am CDT

Got unwanted pills? Drug Take-Back Day is April 30 - WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

Got unwanted pills? Drug Take-Back Day is April 30
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com
And, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, previous studies have shown. More information. To learn more about prescription drug abuse, visit the U.S. National Institute ...

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Posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:42 pm CDT

How Our Country Fails Black Women and Girls - ELLE.com

ELLE.com

How Our Country Fails Black Women and Girls
ELLE.com
Recognizing the importance of race and gender health disparities, Dr. Angelou gave her name to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In Washington, D.C., she enthusiastically ... than their white ...

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Posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:16 am CDT