Business

Patient Access to Medical Records - A Refresher

Healthcare providers are constantly receiving requests for copies of patient medical records. Some requests come by way of the patient exercising his/her right to access his/her medical records, some come by way of patient authorization, and some come by way of another method (e.g., request from another treating provider).

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The Promise of Blockchain

The Promise of Blockchain

Change Healthcare's Aaron Symanski says there are a lot of questions around blockchain ... and that's a good thing because it means there are many uses for the transformational technology in healthcare.

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Feature Profiles

The Accidental General, Shane Lee, MD

The Accidental General, Shane Lee, MD

The city of Marion is rich in Alabama history that pre-dates the Civil War. The town boasts a number of antebellum homes, along with Judson College and Marion Military Institute.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Medical Practices are required to Document Equipment Maintenance

Medical Practices are required to Document Equipment Maintenance

Whether it's a simple scale, a scope or an autoclave, every physician's office has equipment that needs maintenance, calibration and occasional repair.

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In Case of Emergency

In Case of Emergency

On Sept. 8, 2016 the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published in the Federal Register. By Nov. 16, 2017, providers and suppliers must be in compliance.

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CMS Changes Policy on Mandatory Bundled Payments In Key Areas

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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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Reseach

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

There is growing evidence showing a connection between Parkinson's disease and the composition of the microbiome of the gut.

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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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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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UAB Involved in Study Identifying Genomic Features of Cervical Cancer

Investigators with The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, including a researcher from the UAB, have identified novel genomic characteristics of cervical cancer that will aid in the subclassification of the disease and may help target therapies that are most appropriate for each individual patient.

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Clinical

Innovative Cardiac Pump a Lifesaver for Critical Patients

Innovative Cardiac Pump a Lifesaver for Critical Patients
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Two Major Initiatives Genomes Initiatives in Alabama

Two Major Initiatives Genomes Initiatives in Alabama

Two major genomics projects are beginning in Alabama.

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Face2Gene App Searches Photos for Diagnostic Clues

Face2Gene App Searches Photos for Diagnostic Clues

Some diseases are so rare that a primary care physician may see only one or two cases in an entire career. The problem with the math in daily practice, however, comes from the sheer number of rare diseases--more than 8,000 known so far.

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Palliative Medicine Manages Symptoms in Chronically Ill and Terminal Patients

Palliative Medicine Manages Symptoms in Chronically Ill and Terminal Patients

Patients who are facing a chronic or terminal illness can find relief from symptoms, pain and stress through treatment provided by a palliative medicine team.

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Keeping PACE with the Continuum of Care

Keeping PACE with the Continuum of Care

PACE programs take a holistic approach to senior care within the continuum to craft individualized plans that allow older adults to thrive within their own community.

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Grand Rounds

Nephrology Clinic Opens at UAB Medicine-Leeds

Nephrology Clinic Opens at UAB Medicine-Leeds

The UAB Division of Nephrology, part of the School of Medicine, has opened a new weekly patient clinic each Friday at UAB Medicine-Leeds. UAB nephrology physicians Gaurav Jain, MD, and Vinay Narasimha Krishna, MD, will be on-site each Friday to provide care.

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Neurosurgical Associates Performs Alabama's First Robotic Assisted Spinal Fusion Using Intraoperative Imaging

Neurosurgical Associates Performs Alabama's First Robotic Assisted Spinal Fusion Using Intraoperative Imaging

The state's first spine procedure using the Mazor Robotic System in conjunction with intraoperative imaging was recently performed by neurosurgeons with Neurosurgical Associates, PC at St. Vincent's Birmingham.

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Arthur Freeman, III, MD is Honored

Arthur Freeman, III, MD is Honored

Arthur Freeman, III, MD has recently received several awards for his professional service. The International Association of HealthCare Professionals has recognized him as a Leading Physician of the World and top adult psychiatrist in Birmingham.

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Champion Sports Medicine Names Andrews National Director

Champion Sports Medicine Names Andrews National Director

Select Medical, the parent company of Champion Sports Medicine has named James Andrews, MD its new national medical director within its Outpatient Division.

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Russell Named CEO of HealthSouth Shelby County Rehab Hospital

Russell Named CEO of HealthSouth Shelby County Rehab Hospital

Robert Russell has been named chief executive officer of HealthSouth's future inpatient rehabilitation hospital located in Pelham.

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Mason Promoted to CEO of Grandview Medical Center

Mason Promoted to CEO of Grandview Medical Center

Drew Mason has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Grandview Medical Center. He succeeds Keith Granger who was promoted to the position of CHSPSC, LLC Regional President and Market CEO of Alabama.

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Bouknight and McLean Join Alabama Fertility Specialists

Bouknight and McLean Join Alabama Fertility Specialists

Janet McLaren Bouknight, MD and Mamie McLean, MD have joined Michael Steinkampf, MD and Beth Malizia, MD at Alabama Fertility Specialists.

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St. Vincent's East Family Medicine Residency Program Chosen for Patient Safety Collaborative

The St. Vincent's East Family Medicine Residency Program has been selected as a Pathway Leader by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Honored

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama was recently honored for having one of the best workforce health and well-being programs in the nation by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of 425 large U.S. employers.

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BBH Primary Care Opens at Shelby Baptist

BBH Primary Care Opens at Shelby Baptist

Brookwood Baptist Health Primary Care Network has opened a new Internal Medicine practice in the Physician's Center at Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

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New Physicians Join Southeast Gastro

New Physicians Join Southeast Gastro

Wiley Truss, MD, MPH practices as Hospitalist at the Brookwood location. Truss obtained his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College.

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Granger Promoted to Regional President and Market CEO

Granger Promoted to Regional President and Market CEO

Community Health Systems has promoted Grandview Medical Center CEO Keith Granger to the position of CHSPSC Regional President and Market CEO for Alabama.

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