Not Doing IT Risk Assessments Can Mean Repaying Incentives

“The government has taken back incentive money,” says Nic Cofield with Jackson Thornton Technologies. ...Read More

 



Current Birmingham Medical News

Pacemakers and MRI, Together At Last
Pacemakers and MRI, Together At Last

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first pacemaker that can be used with an MRI scan, making these two potentially lifesaving technologies compatible for the first time.


 
Sharing Medical Images Helps Patients and Saves Money
Sharing Medical Images Helps Patients and Saves Money

A Huntsville radiological technology company, FINAO, has digitally connected Radiology of Huntsville (ROH) with more than 30 medical facilities in North Alabama, including Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center.


 
IT FOCUS

Not Doing IT Risk Assessments Can Mean Repaying Incentives
Not Doing IT Risk Assessments Can Mean Repaying Incentives

“The government has taken back incentive money,” says Nic Cofield with Jackson Thornton Technologies.


 
EHRs and Meaningful Use Stage 2
EHRs and Meaningful Use Stage 2

The quest to prove meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) has moved into Stage 2 this year.


 
Moving In-House EHRs to the Cloud
Moving In-House EHRs to the Cloud

Practices with Electronic Medical Record software (EHR) stored on in-house servers may regret not being hosted in the cloud.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Ryan Pflugner: Field Goals, Surgery Helped Kick Off Medical Career | Ryan Pflugner, Orthopaedics, Alabama Orthopaedic Surgeons, sports medicine, Alabama football, college football, field goal records, biologics, Tommy John surgery
Ryan Pflugner: Field Goals, Surgery Helped Kick Off Medical Career

When Alabama's kicking unit took the field against Arkansas, fans weren't expecting much. The Crimson Tide was on the never-land of the 45 yard line.


 
Guest Writers

No Downturn in Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement

On May 27, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) announced recoveries of approximately $3.1 billion from the federal health care programs for the first six months of fiscal year 2014, according to the agency's Semiannual Report to Congress (“Report”).


 
Alabama Medicaid: Changes to the RCO

On May 17, 2013, Governor Bentley signed into law Act 2013-261, Ala. Code § 22-6-150 et. seq. which changed the Alabama Medicaid program from a fee-for-service program to a managed care program creating Regional Care Organizations ("RCOs") to serve as the conduit for care to Medicaid beneficiaries.


 
The Literary Examiner

Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift the Lid

by Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra

c.2014, Citadel Press $15.95 / $17.95 Canada 256 pages

 


 
Grand Rounds

July 2014
 


Sleepless Nights After Divorce May Be Tied to Blood Pressure Rise
Title: Sleepless Nights After Divorce May Be Tied to Blood Pressure Rise
Category: Health News
Created: 7/22/2014 12:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia
Title: Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia
Category: Health News
Created: 7/22/2014 12:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study
Title: Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 7/22/2014 12:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Obamacare Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court
Title: Obamacare Dealt Setback by Federal Appeals Court
Category: Health News
Created: 7/22/2014 12:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots
Title: Study Casts Doubt on Costly Treatment for Leg Clots
Category: Health News
Created: 7/22/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows
Title: Injuries on the Increase in High School Lacrosse, Study Shows
Category: Health News
Created: 7/22/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 am CDT


Boston Marathon Bombings Spur Closer Study of Ear Injuries - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Boston Marathon Bombings Spur Closer Study of Ear Injuries
Wall Street Journal
Scott Weisberg, a family-medicine doctor in Birmingham, Ala., who ran the Boston Marathon and finished seconds before the first bomb went off, felt disoriented after the blast, he said. When he returned to work, he couldn't hear a patient's heart ...

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Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:47 pm CDT

Carly's Law: Bentley, supporters gather in Pelham to praise bill's passage - al.com

Carly's Law: Bentley, supporters gather in Pelham to praise bill's passage
al.com
The potential opportunity to use CBD oil -- a medicine that does not contain the intoxicating properties associated with marijuana -- has provided a sense of relief for families across Alabama with children who are using prescription medications that ...

and more »
Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:34 pm CDT

Steve Whitman, epidemiologist who helped reduce racial disparities in health ... - Chicago Sun-Times

Steve Whitman, epidemiologist who helped reduce racial disparities in health ...
Chicago Sun-Times
Mr. Whitman, of Humboldt Park, died Sunday at the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center. He had been in ... He taught at historically black Miles College and at Holy Family High School — both in Birmingham, Ala.

Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:46 pm CDT