UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

"The challenge of this is not only building the center, but attracting users across the national community and for them to become aware of what we have to offer," says Marcas Bamman, PhD, director of the new REACT Center and ...

Fighting Pediatric Cancer with a Virus

UAB and Children's of Alabama are once again part of cutting-edge medicine with the development of a therapy to target chemotherapy and radiation resistant pediatric brain tumors with engineered viruses.

Business

Physician Assistants May Ease Coming Provider Shortage Provider Shortage

Physician Assistants May Ease Coming Provider Shortage Provider Shortage

By 2025--less than nine years from now--the US will face a shortage of somewhere between 61,700 to 94,700 physicians. This prediction in a 2016 study by the American Academy of Medical Colleges isn't simply a wake-up call. The alarm has been ringing for years.

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The EPM's are Coming!

The EPM's are Coming!

CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Bundled Payment Models

On July 26, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued Proposed Regulations for Episode Payment Models ("EPM's") that will, when and if finalized, go into effect as of July 1, 2017 for a five year period. Multiple Alabama hospitals would be impacted by this new reimbursement methodology as many, but not all, of the Metropolitan Statistical Areas ("MSA's") in Alabama have been targeted for implementation of EPM's if finalized.

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Ergonomic Healthcare Chair Offers Optimal Comfort

Ergonomic Healthcare Chair Offers Optimal Comfort

An idea for a more comfortable and functional healthcare chair has become reality for Angela Howard, RN, CLCP, co-owner and president of OptimComfort™. The ergonomic chair provides immediate relief for those suffering from musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, and peace of mind for their caretakers.

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The Materiality Standard in False Claims Actions

The Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar on June 16, 2016 in which it ruled the implied false certification theory, previously recognized in several circuits, can form the basis for False Claims Act ("FCA") liability. However, the Supreme Court put limits on the application of the theory.

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The Woes and Warnings of Moving a Practice

The Woes and Warnings of Moving a Practice

On the drawings for their new medical offices, it said "lab".

"In my mind, if you have experience in building medical labs, you know you need space to sit down and draw blood," says Danielle Brown, practice administrator for Advanced Surgeons.

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Malpractice: Primary & Secondary Prevention

Malpractice: Primary & Secondary Prevention

Part art, part science delivered by imperfect humans and impacted by hundreds of variables from a tiny protein on a gene to an individual's age and socioeconomic status - the practice of medicine is anything but predictable.

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Clinical

30 Years of Saving Young Lives

30 Years of Saving Young Lives

In the critical hour after a life-threatening injury, trauma centers can make a life and death difference in helping patients survive.

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Hearts At Home

Hearts At Home

Learning your newborn has only one ventricle is frightening enough. Knowing that young life will be in your hands alone at home for months while awaiting a second, then a third surgery has to be overwhelming.

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Benefits of CO2 Angiography

Many patients with PAD have issues such as diabetes mellitus which can lead to kidney dysfunction. These patients are at risk to develop a condition known as contrast-induced nephropathy after being exposed to standard contrast agents during angiograms and interventions. This condition can lead to renal failure, short term dialysis, or even permanent dialysis.

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Fighting Pediatric Cancer with a Virus

Fighting Pediatric Cancer with a Virus

UAB and Children's of Alabama are once again part of cutting-edge medicine with the development of a therapy to target chemotherapy and radiation resistant pediatric brain tumors with engineered viruses.

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Poverty as a Screening Tool

Poverty as a Screening Tool

AAP Recommendation Recognizes Toll of Financial Insecurity

Over the last few decades, the medical community has increasingly come to view social determinants as a central factor in health and health outcomes. Where and how an individual lives could be as critical a risk factor as genetic predispositions ... and perhaps even more so.

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Feature Profiles

Kitchens Perfects Crawfish Seasoning With Surgical Precision

Kitchens Perfects Crawfish Seasoning With Surgical Precision

For Jerry Kitchens, MD, "like" is much too mild a word for his feelings about crawfish. During the crawfish months -- roughly March through June -- the retired surgeon feasts on a steady diet of the critters. In fact, Kitchens is a connoisseur of the flavors that make the best batch at a boil, and in true Cajun style, that spice isn't mild at all.

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Physician Brings New Perspective to Practice after Battling Cancer

Physician Brings New Perspective to Practice after Battling Cancer

We've all experienced the way life tends to interfere with our objectives for the future, but few have been as precipitously detoured as Jonathan Levine, MD, FACS. A specialist with ENT Associates of Alabama, Levine was living at a brisk pace as 2012 made way for 2013, balancing an active career with a full family life and finding little time to chronicle the barely perceptible, at first, changes in his health.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Ready for Your Next Medical Waste Inspection?

Ready for Your Next Medical Waste Inspection?

Between downward pressures on reimbursement and rising costs, managing a medical practice can be difficult enough without staying up nights wondering what will happen if an OSHA inspector shows up at your door.

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The New Portable Do Not Resuscitate Order

The Natural Death Act, Ala. Code 22-8A-1 et seq., contains the provisions on how an individual may plan for end-of-life decisions. Specifically, it outlines the requirements for a valid Advanced Directive and the removal and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment.

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Final Rule Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program Impact ACOs

Final Rule Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program Impact ACOs

On June 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that impacts Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

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Reseach

UAB Team Identify Protein that plays Key Role in Brain Cancer Stem Cell Growth

UAB Team Identify Protein that plays Key Role in Brain Cancer Stem Cell Growth

A team of physicians and scientists at UAB discovered that a kinase protein, mixed lineage kinase 4, also known as MLK4, plays a crucial role in survival of patient-derived brain cancer stem cells in pre-clinical animal models. The findings suggest that MLK4 could potentially be a useful target for cancer treatment.

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Researchers Develop a Test for Early Stage Ovarian Cancer

With funding providing by the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Institute, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a method to detect ovarian cancer that is highly accurate in patients with Stage 1 disease.

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UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

"The challenge of this is not only building the center, but attracting users across the national community and for them to become aware of what we have to offer," says Marcas Bamman, PhD, director of the new REACT Center and MR3 Network Coordinating Center at UAB.

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Grand Rounds

American Family Care Founder Invests in Chronic Care Start-Up

American Family Care Founder Invests in Chronic Care Start-Up

Bruce Irwin, MD, Founder and Chairman of American Family Care, has made a significant investment in Pack Health, a chronic disease management company that provides patients with personalized support. The investment will accelerate the further development of Pack Health's health management platform, paving the way for its aggressive growth plans. Irwin will join the company's board of directors.

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Cullman Regional Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Cullman Regional has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

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TekLinks Ranked Number Two on World's Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs

TekLinks is named number two on ChannelE2E's list ranking of the World's Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs for 2016, based on Q1 research results.

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