Alabama Medicaid Cut Endangers Patient Care

The Alabama Medicaid Agency and Gov. Robert Bentley announced a devastating cut to primary care physicians effective August 1st, which will make access to care more difficult for Medicaid patients. The proposed cuts translate...

Opioid Abuse Crisis Spurs Action

The statistics are alarming: some 40 people a day die in the U.S. from opioid drug overdoses, more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. The Centers for Disease Control calls it an epidemic. While America makes up less tha...

Business

Bringing EMR Training On-site

Bringing EMR Training On-site

"There is always a eureka moment," says Hazim Mohammed, a software consultant with eClinicalWorks. He performs onsite trainings at healthcare facilities that use the eClinicalWorks electronic medical record (EMR) software.

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The Learning Game

The Learning Game

Competitive Online Fun Strengthens Medical Education

Not so long ago, becoming a doctor was almost as much a test of endurance as it was a learning experience. Surviving marathon shifts was a rite of passage.

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The Question: What about Training? The Answer: What was the Question again?

I recently saw a great poster about two options the healthcare industry might employ to secure data (think PHI). To paraphrase:

Option 1) - Completely remove the human element

Option 2) - Train them

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Clinical

Saving Two Lives with One Liver

Saving Two Lives with One Liver

Every year, approximately 8,500 people die waiting for a new liver because their miracle didn't come in time. There simply aren't enough donor organs to save everyone. Promising research into transplants from living donors and animals may offer hope in the future--but all too many patients just don't have the time to wait.

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Opioid Abuse Crisis Spurs Action

Opioid Abuse Crisis Spurs Action

The statistics are alarming: some 40 people a day die in the U.S. from opioid drug overdoses, more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. The Centers for Disease Control calls it an epidemic. While America makes up less than five percent of the world's population, it uses 95 percent of the global Hydrocodone supply and 80 percent of opioids in general.

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Athletes Return To Field More Quickly with New Procedure Andrews Sports Offers

Athletes Return To Field More Quickly with New Procedure Andrews Sports Offers

In recent years, the number of overhead throwing athletes with injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) has increased. Historically, these injuries have been treated successfully with UCL reconstruction surgeries but because the injuries have become a near epidemic clinical problem, physicians at Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham developed a procedure to repair the UCL with internal brace augmentation.

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Grand Rounds

ASA Past President Receives National Award

George C. Smith Sr, MD, who has practiced medicine in the small community of Lineville for over 50 years, recently received national recognition when the Federation of State Medical Boards honored him with the John H. Clark, MD Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and contributions to advancing the public good at the state medical board level.

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Saag Named President of National Osteoporosis Foundation

Kenneth G. Saag, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at UAB, has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the nation's leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones.

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Combs Rejoins Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center in Birmingham

Combs Rejoins Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center in Birmingham

Helen Combs has resumed the role of Administrator for Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center effective July 2016. Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center is celebrating 50 years of excellence in care for their patients with six locations for their practice.

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Feature Profiles

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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Going the Distance: Ross Committed to Marathons and Mission Work

Going the Distance: Ross Committed to Marathons and Mission Work

Dr. Nathan Ross always knew he wanted to be in the medical profession. But it was during his third year in medical school when he realized he wanted to be an OBGYN.

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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

Precision Medicine Trial for Cancer Patients at UAB

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is enrolling patients for the National Cancer Institute Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice, or NCI-MATCH study, the largest, most scientifically rigorous precision medicine trial in cancer to date.

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Acute Kidney Injury Identifiable in Preterm Infants

Acute Kidney Injury Identifiable in Preterm Infants

UAB researchers have found that the amount of proteins excreted in the urine of preterm infants with acute kidney injury, or AKI, is different from that excreted by infants with healthy kidneys.

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UAB's Zhang to Custom-Engineer Living Tissue to Protect Heart

Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, MD, PhD brought his biomedical engineering expertise to UAB with a dream to create new tissue that can replace or protect damaged muscle after a heart attack.

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