New Procedure Shows Promise for Treatment of Enlarged Prostate

More than half of men 50 years of age and older, and up to 90 percent of men over 80 are affected by symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH, or enlarged prostate, which can significantly impact quality of life.

UAB Testing Robotic Platform for Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment

During a man's lifetime, odds are one in seven that he be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If it's a slower growing form detected in later years, he may live out a normal life span and die with it, but not from it.

Business

Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama's (MASA) health insurance for members will rise 15 percent next year. "We didn't like 15 percent," says Mark Jackson, executive director. "But don't get me wrong, we felt fortunate that we were able to keep it at 15 percent."

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Where did all the "S" Corporations come from?

You just formed your medical practice in Alabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a "PC") or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you get to choose between an "S" corporation ("S corp") or a "C" corporation ("C corp") for federal and state tax purposes, both named after the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") Subchapter that governs their taxation.

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Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

HIPAA and the fees for reproducing an individual's medical records may seem like old news but as recently as May 23rd, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added clarification on this very topic.

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Are Your Management Contracts Still OK?

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44, which updates conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use (or "bad use") of property financed with tax-exempt bonds. Compliance with the new safe harbor may be essential to the continued tax-exempt status of related bond issues. Revenue Procedure 2016-44 supersedes its well-known predecessor, Revenue Procedure 97-13.

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Urology Centers Hires Healthcare Reform Manager

Urology Centers Hires Healthcare Reform Manager

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) means that big changes are coming to healthcare reimbursement; changes that will result in some physicians earning less money and others more.

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MACRA Advances

MACRA Advances

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors.

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Feature Profiles

Jones Brings Philosophy of Teamwork from Swimming Success to Cancer Care

Jones Brings Philosophy of Teamwork from Swimming Success to Cancer Care

Only a few people can say they've competed with, or against, Olympic swimming phenom Michael Phelps. Benjamin Jones, MD, a specialist in medical oncology and hematology at Alabama Oncology at Grandview, is among them.

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Reseach

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Physicians at UAB and colleagues have discovered that administering the antibiotic azithromycin alongside the standard recommended antibiotic regimen, cefazolin, reduces infection rates by 50 percent for women who have a non-elective cesarean delivery.

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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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Clinical

Suicide Watch

Suicide Watch

With the belief that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of a provider should be preventable, behavioral health specialists have set a goal that is both audacious and aspirational.

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Pack Health Offers Tools to Help Lower Readmission Rates

Pack Health Offers Tools to Help Lower Readmission Rates

There's one provision of the Affordable Care Act that hasn't gotten much attention outside the industry, but it's a significant one: providers face financial penalties when a patient is readmitted more than 30 days after treatment.

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Improving Access to Clinical Trials

Improving Access to Clinical Trials

With the launch of trials.cancer.gov, the National Cancer Institute hopes that making clinical trial information more user-friendly will result in greater awareness and participation in clinical trials to move the science forward faster.

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Symptoms and Treatment of Venous Disease

Symptoms and Treatment of Venous Disease

Many of us experience leg discomfort, especially at the end of the day. However, there are a number of symptoms that can point to the possibility that someone has chronic venous insufficiency: heaviness, aching, swelling throbbing, itching, and/or cramping in your legs.

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Starve a Cancer, Feed a Patient

Starve a Cancer, Feed a Patient

A professor in the UAB School of Health Professions and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Barbara Gower, PhD, serves as director of the metabolism core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and is a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Regulatory/Compliance

OIG Authorizes Per-Dispense Fee for Vaccination Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

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Significant Stark Physician Compensation Settlements Continue in the South

Significant Stark Physician Compensation Settlements Continue in the South

Unfortunately for most healthcare providers, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health & Human Services (OIG) continues to demand and receive large settlements under the Physician Self-Referral Law found at 42 US Code Section 1395nnn (Stark Act).

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Grand Rounds

St. Vincent's East Installs TrueBeam

St. Vincent's East Installs TrueBeam

The St. Vincent's East Cancer Treatment recently installed the new Varian TrueBeamTM Radiotherapy System, which is the latest cancer-fighting technology available.

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Medical Students Receive Scholarship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has selected nine medical students to receive a Blue Cross-funded scholarship to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, Alabama.

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Cullman Regional among Highest Performing in Heart Failure

Cullman Regional has been recognized as a High-Performing Hospital in Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report.

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Trussville Rehab Center Holds Grand Opening

After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered Golden Living to close their Trussville location at the end of 2015, ProHealth Group assumed control of the facility and renamed it Trussville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Plan Receives Four-Star Rating

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama's Blue Advantage PPO Plan, a Medicare Advantage Plan, is still the only statewide plan in Alabama to receive a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the second consecutive year Blue Cross has received this recognition.

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Doug Brewer Named Citizens Baptist Medical CEO

Doug Brewer Named Citizens Baptist Medical CEO

Citizens Baptist Medical Center has appointed Doug Brewer as the new chief executive officer (CEO).

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Urological Surgeon Joins Children's

Urological Surgeon Joins Children's

Pankaj Dangle, MD has joined Children's of Alabama as a pediatric urologist and has recently performed the first robotic pediatric urologic surgery in the state.

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MASA Joins AMA for Opioid Education and Resource Toolbox

The Medical Association of Alabama and the American Medical Association partnered in the development and release of a toolbox of data, education and other resources to aid physicians in their fight against Alabama's epidemic of prescription drug misuse. This toolbox is part of the MASA's continuing efforts to reverse this epidemic.

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