Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls

On the Health and Human Services website, a section posts every healthcare organization since 2009 whose patient data covering 500 or more individuals has been breached. Each page of this “Wall of Shame” lists 100 organizations. As of June 15, the list runs 1,249 pages long.  ...Read More

 



Current Birmingham Medical News

Mendelsohn Performs Nation’s First Vessix™ Renal Denervation for Hypertension | Boston Scientific , Vessix™ Renal Denervation System, Vessix Vascular Inc, hypertension, Farrell Mendelsohn MD, Cardiology PC, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Raymond Cohen, Minnow Medical, Rothchild, Boston Scientific Corporation, REDUCE-HTN: REINFORCE trial, Michael Wilensky M.D
Mendelsohn Performs Nation’s First Vessix™ Renal Denervation for Hypertension

When two good ideas cross paths by chance, sometimes something wonderful happens. When Farrell Mendelsohn MD, an interventional cardiologist with Cardiology PC at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, was at a medical conference in Las Vegas, he happened to meet Raymond Cohen, who is CEO of Minnow Medical, a small biotech company that had developed a balloon catheter device designed for leg procedures. 


 
UAB Lab Studies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome		 | chronic fatigue syndrome, ME/CFS, systemic exertion intolerance disease, leptin, myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME/CFS, SEID, Jared Younger, UAB, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
UAB Lab Studies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Institute of Medicine Announces New Name for CFS

 

In California, patients wait up to five years for initial appointments at a Stanford clinic that caters to chronic fatigue syndrome. “That’s how little supply there is for the demand,” says Jarred Younger, PhD, head of the new Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Lab at UAB. “No specialty has taken it on.”


 
The Home Advantage | Hospitalist, Brookwood Medical Center, Anesthesia Services of Birmingham PC, Matt Sherrer MD, Stirling Shirah MD, multimodal anesthesia
The Home Advantage

Brookwood’s New Locally-Based Hospitalist Group Brings a Win/Win Strategy to Inpatient Care

 

In his eight years with Brookwood Medical Center along with his work as chairman of Anesthesia Services of Birmingham PC, Matt Sherrer, MD, has seen the value of teamwork. Shared experiences over time build professional relationships and continuity, helping medical teams work together more seamlessly to enhance quality of care.


 
Baptist Health System and Tenet Create New Healthcare Network

 Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation have signed a definitive agreement to create a joint venture that will operate a healthcare network serving Birmingham and central Alabama. The new network will include all Baptist Health System hospitals, Tenet’s Brookwood Medical Center and each organization’s related businesses. Under the joint venture arrangement, Tenet will be the majority partner and will manage the network’s operations.


 
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls | hardware firewalls, healthcare IT, HIPAA, HITECH, healthcare breaches, Integrated Solutions, Dataperk, Kassouf, Kassouf & Co, VentureNet, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls

On the Health and Human Services website, a section posts every healthcare organization since 2009 whose patient data covering 500 or more individuals has been breached. Each page of this “Wall of Shame” lists 100 organizations. As of June 15, the list runs 1,249 pages long.


 
Transitioning to a New EHR | EHR, EMR, transitioning EHRs, new EHRs, transitioning EMRs, FlexMedical, Oceris, MediSYS, new EHR problems, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt, Birmingham Alabama
Transitioning to a New EHR
“I don’t know that sales people are really mentioning this problem upfront,” says Ryan McGinty with Oceris, makers of FlexMedical electronic health record (EHR) system. “But each time a practice transitions to a new EHR, a complete data conversion is almost never possible.”
 
Easy Ways to Violate HIPAA | HIPAA, HITECH, HIPAA violations, HITECH violations, medical practice data security, Keep IT Simple, Teklinks, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Easy Ways to Violate HIPAA
 “Compliance with HIPAA and HITECH is not about whether your IT is working, but if your patient data is at risk. It’s kind of an invisible issue,” says Blake Perry with Keep IT Simple. “Unless you know what you’re looking for, you could be non-compliant.”
 
DERMATOLOGY FOCUS

Healthcare Spotlight

Dr. Jack Dabbs at 81: "Medicine Has Been Good to Me" | Jack Dabbs, ENT, cancer, larynx, laryngectomy, stenosis, football, University of Vanderbilt
Dr. Jack Dabbs at 81: "Medicine Has Been Good to Me"
On a recent weekday morning, a lot more people than usual were passing through the offices of Dr. Jack Dabbs, an ENT whose building is on Lomb Avenue near Princeton Baptist Medical Center.
 
Guest Writers

Summary of Alabama's Medicaid Care Management Programs

Alabama recently passed into law two separate bills to develop at-risk provider-driven Medicaid care management programs. The first bill, passed in 2013, created the Regional Care Organization (RCO) system. See Alabama Code § 22-6-150 et seq. This legislation was developed upon the recommendation of the Medicaid Study Commission, which was created by the Governor who appointed members representing a range of providers, insurers, consumer advocacy groups, and state government officials.


 
ACA Impact on the Healthcare Industry
While most companies are struggling to ensure that they have everything in order to comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), few people outside of the healthcare industry have considered the impact this sweeping legislation will have on this industry.
 
Regional Care Organizations on Track to Take Over Medicaid | Medicaid, Alabama Medicaid, CMS, Robin Rawls, Viva Health, Anna Velasco, Regional Care Organizations, Accountable Care Organizations, RCO, ACO, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Regional Care Organizations on Track to Take Over Medicaid
In January, Alabama Medicaid named eleven organizations as probationary Regional Care Organizations (RCOs). By October of next year, the plan is for these nonprofit RCOs to manage the care of just over 600,000 qualifying Medicaid patients in the state.
 
The Literary Examiner
This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

by Patrick Di Justo

c.2015, Three Rivers Press; $15.00 / $18.00 Canada; 255 pages


 
Grand Rounds

July 2015

Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.


 


Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain
Title: Plane Passengers' Near-Death Experience Gives Clues to Trauma's Effect on Brain
Category: Health News
Created: 7/3/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer
Title: Watch Out for Disease-Carrying Insects This Summer
Category: Health News
Created: 7/5/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Coping With Disaster
Title: Health Tip: Coping With Disaster
Category: Health News
Created: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Back Pain
Title: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Back Pain
Category: Health News
Created: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns' Vitamin Shot
Title: Anti-Vaccine Trend Has Parents Shunning Newborns' Vitamin Shot
Category: Health News
Created: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Regular Mamograms Might Lead to 'Overdiagnosis' of Breast Cancer
Title: Regular Mamograms Might Lead to 'Overdiagnosis' of Breast Cancer
Category: Health News
Created: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00 am CDT


Brody's Story: WHNT meteorologist and family talk about son's miracle journey - whnt.com

whnt.com

Brody's Story: WHNT meteorologist and family talk about son's miracle journey
whnt.com
Within 48 hours Brody was flown to Children's of Alabama in Birmingham. Jason and Lacey made the trip south, not knowing how long they ... We knew UAB had the best of the best in medicine. We knew he would be in the best hands in the world, but all of ...

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Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:10 pm CDT

Charleston: a Reality Check on Racism in America - CounterPunch

Charleston: a Reality Check on Racism in America
CounterPunch
The story says that interviews with “his friends and family” portray Roof as “troubled and confused . . .grew up in an unstable, broken home . . . apparently fell under the thrall of racist websites, But how and why are questions that remain unanswered ...

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Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:07 am CDT

State Sen. Larry Stutts responds to negligence lawsuit - AL.com

AL.com

State Sen. Larry Stutts responds to negligence lawsuit
AL.com
"(Stutts) is not guilty of the matters alleged in the (lawsuit) and demands strict proof thereof," said Stutts' response, which was filed by Birmingham attorney Joel Williams. The Coopers' claimed in the lawsuit that ... According to the suit, Greta ...

Posted Monday, July 6, 2015 11:40 am CDT