The Repeal of Obamacare

"What the healthcare community hates about the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is that our patients have very few choices and are not able to have the insurance they expect," says Chad Mathis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Pel...

New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health

A new UAB Women's Heart Health Clinic has opened at The Kirklin Clinic to address the concerns of women who face cardiac issues. Directed by UAB Cardiologist Salpy Pamboukian, MD, MSPH, the clinic will evaluate and manage wom...

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The Repeal of Obamacare

The Repeal of Obamacare

"What the healthcare community hates about the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is that our patients have very few choices and are not able to have the insurance they expect," says Chad Mathis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Pelham, Alabama.

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PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION: Getting Your Legal Structure Right With Tax Reform

PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION: Getting Your Legal Structure Right With Tax Reform
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First Do No Harm: National Safety Efforts Paying Off

First Do No Harm: National Safety Efforts Paying Off

While the work isn't finished, the latest data shows efforts to improve inpatient safety by implementing best practices are really paying off.

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St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County

St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County

For three years, Chilton County has been without a hospital, which at times, has been challenging for the community. For instance, last year, when a school bus crashed in Clanton, the children had to be driven 30 miles away to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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2017: A Year of Uncertainty ... and Opportunity

PwC's Health Research Institute looks at areas of interest to the industry in 2017 starting with the looming questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

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Through the Looking Glass/Medicare Under a New Trump Administration

Through the Looking Glass/Medicare Under a New Trump Administration

What will be next for health care in the United States? While there have been some successes associated with the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") such as health insurance coverage available for some Americans that had previously not had such access and increased emphasis on core quality standards such as avoidance of hospital acquired infections1, there are more critics than proponents.

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Feature Profiles

Dream Deferred Becomes Fulfilling Career for Family Physician

Dream Deferred Becomes Fulfilling Career for Family Physician

For most professionals, there is a prescribed career path to follow. When that leads to success, it's time to revel -- or even rest on your laurels. Not so, however, for William "Bill" Crawford, MD.

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Reseach

Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Can stem cells mend a broken heart? Which approach to managing carotid stenosis is the best option to help which patients avoid a stroke?

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Precision Medicine: UAB Study Creates 'Mini-lung' to Study Effect of Pulmonary Fibrosis Drugs

Precision Medicine: UAB Study Creates 'Mini-lung' to Study Effect of Pulmonary Fibrosis Drugs

Pulmospheres, three dimensional multicellular spheroids composed of lung cells from individual patients, were shown to be effective in predicting the efficacy of medications for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to findings from UAB scientists presented in JCI Insight, a journal of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

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UAB's Lay Navigation Program Demonstrates Significant Cuts in Costs

UAB's Lay Navigation Program Demonstrates Significant Cuts in Costs

A new UAB study shows that, when older cancer patients were paired with trained nonmedical professionals in the form of lay navigators, there was significant decline in health care resource utilization and Medicare costs, providing an innovative model in transitioning to value-based health care on a national scale.

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HudsonAlpha Rearchers Identify Genetic Variants That Cause Intellectual Delay

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, along with an international team of collaborators from six countries, have identified a new genetic disorder that causes intellectual and developmental delay in children.

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Clinical

New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health

New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health

A new UAB Women's Heart Health Clinic has opened at The Kirklin Clinic to address the concerns of women who face cardiac issues. Directed by UAB Cardiologist Salpy Pamboukian, MD, MSPH, the clinic will evaluate and manage women with an array of cardiac issues, while attending to treatment specifics that are more germane to women.

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New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients

New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients

30 years ago, the introduction of statins proved to be a major breakthrough in cardiovascular care. The cholesterol-lowering medicines became the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history.

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Clearing Clots With AngioVacR

Clearing Clots With AngioVacR

In the days of door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen, a common sales technique was to astound the prospective customer by cleaning a huge pile of debris from the living room rug.

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Managing Hypertension after SPRINT

Managing Hypertension after SPRINT

New guidelines for managing hypertension are expected this year. Meanwhile, in light of the SPRINT study and years of debate about blood pressure targets for older adults, many physicians face questions over how aggressively they should push for lower blood pressure numbers.

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New Phone App Keeps Doctor and Patients in Touch

New Phone App Keeps Doctor and Patients in Touch

A recently developed cell phone application gives new meaning to the term 'house call.' The program, known as ChronicCareIQ, is an app that helps doctors remotely monitor the care of chronic patients.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

During last year's Alabama legislative session, Senator Trip Pittman introduced a proposal to rein in the costs of malpractice suits. Senate Bill 413 would have replaced the trial-based system with a no-blame, administrative one.

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End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take over 10 years to have an appeal heard.

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

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

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector (OIG ) recently issued an advisory opinion that determined that a vaccine storage and dispensing system with a per-dispense fee did not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.

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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

UAB Launches Comprehensive Interventional Pulmonary Program, First in Alabama

UAB Launches Comprehensive Interventional Pulmonary Program, First in Alabama

UAB has created a multidisciplinary program in interventional pulmonology. It is the only comprehensive program covering all facets of interventional pulmonology in Alabama, and one of only about 25 in the nation.

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Lemak Health Relocates

Lemak Health has relocated its Birmingham clinic from Montclair Road to a new 20,000 square foot facility on Cahaba River Road next to the intersection of I-459 and Highway 280.

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Grandview Names Chief Nursing Officer

Grandview Names Chief Nursing Officer

Sherry Cole, RN, MSN, has been named Chief Nursing Officer for Grandview Medical Center.

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DCH Purchases Lifesaving Neonatal Equipment

Brave Beginnings, a program of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, has awarded DCH Health System a grant to purchase two stand-alone ventilators that attach to portable Giraffe OmniBeds.

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Warren Averett Hosts MACRA Luncheons

Warren Averett is hosting MACRA luncheons in Birmingham on February 23; Huntsville on February 21; and Montgomery on February 22.

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HudsonAlpha forms Economic Development Advisory Committee

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has established the HudsonAlpha Economic Development Advisory Committee.

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Quentin Riggins Joins Grandview Board of Trustees

Quentin Riggins Joins Grandview Board of Trustees

Quentin Riggins, Senior Vice President of Governmental and Corporate Affairs for Alabama Power, has been appointed to the Grandview Medical Center Board of Trustees.

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Dixon Retires as Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

Dixon Retires as Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

Larry Dixon has retired from his post as executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners after serving over 35 years.

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