Tapping EHRs to Maximize MIPS Scores

"If providers utilize their IT to its fullest potential through an EHR, then they're going to be able to maximize their Medicare reimbursement in 2019," says Carrie Gulledge, director of EHR with MediSYS.

Business

Physician Credentialing Affects Bottom Line of a Practice

Physician Credentialing Affects Bottom Line of a Practice

Physician credentialing is a detailed process that reviews physician qualifications and career history that includes education, training, residency, and licenses. It is an important process because it affects the cash flow of a practice.

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Tapping EHRs to Maximize MIPS Scores

Tapping EHRs to Maximize MIPS Scores

"If providers utilize their IT to its fullest potential through an EHR, then they're going to be able to maximize their Medicare reimbursement in 2019," says Carrie Gulledge, director of EHR with MediSYS.

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Feature Profiles

Physician's Page-Turners Set in Medical Sphere

Physician's Page-Turners Set in Medical Sphere

An icon of Southern literature, William Faulkner illustrated the genius of writing based on your own experiences.

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Reseach

UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative Awarded $5.8M for MS research

UAB / Lakeshore Research Collaborative Awarded $5.8M for MS research

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors has approved a $5.8 million grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions' James Rimmer, PhD to fund a study to determine whether people with multiple sclerosis get as much benefit from an exercise-based rehabilitation program delivered via internet and telephone as they do when the therapy is provided in a clinic.

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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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Preterm Babies Benefit from Moms' Receiving Steroids Prior to Delivery

A new study from UAB suggests that women at risk of preterm delivery should receive corticosteroids due to strong associations with a lower rate of death and serious illness for their babies. The study says that very premature babies seem to benefit the most from the steroids, even those born at 23 weeks of gestation.

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Findings Suggest Underdiagnoses of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Findings Suggest Underdiagnoses of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Approximately 25 percent of eyes deemed to be normal based on dilated eye examination by a primary eye care ophthalmologist or optometrist had macular characteristics that indicated age-related macular degeneration, according to a study published by JAMA Ophthalmology.

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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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Clinical

Children's Program for Kids with Intestinal Failure

Children's Program for Kids with Intestinal Failure

Intestinal failure occurs when there is a loss of intestine or the gut doesn't function well enough to absorb nutrients and water, forcing the patient to use an IV for sustenance.

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The Body's Second Brain

The Body's Second Brain

It can't compose a sonnet. It will never win the Nobel prize for physics.

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Microbiome as Medicine

Microbiome as Medicine

Bacteria, viruses and fungi have long been considered the enemy of mankind. They have been responsible for lethal epidemics throughout human history and countless deaths from infection.

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'Sun Screen'

'Sun Screen'

It's summer down south ... time to remind patients of the importance of protecting skin from the sun's harmful rays.

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Integrative Medicine Treats Disease with Whole Person Perspective

Integrative Medicine Treats Disease with Whole Person Perspective

UAB has opened Alabama's first Integrative Medicine Clinic to offer cancer patients alternative and complementary therapies to their medical treatment.

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Grand Rounds

Groundbreaking for Cancer Center at Grandview

Grandview Medical Center recently held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Cancer Center which is expected to open in the summer of 2018.

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MASA Installs New President for 2017-2018

MASA Installs New President for 2017-2018

Boyde Jerome "Jerry" Harrison, MD, a family practitioner from Haleyville, has been installed as president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

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Humana Patients' In-Network Access Restored at BBH

Effective June 1st, all patients covered under Humana's commercial and Medicare health insurance will have in-network access to Brookwood Baptist Health hospitals, physician clinics within the Brookwood Baptist Physician Alliance (BBPA) and hospital-affiliated outpatient centers.

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Chesser Joins Pulmonary & Sleep

Chesser Joins Pulmonary & Sleep

Vicky Chesser, CRNP has joined Pulmonary & Sleep Associates of Alabama.

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Huntsville Hospital Health System Expands UnitedHealthcare Relationship

UnitedHealthcare and Huntsville Hospital Health System have expanded their network relationship, giving people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans access to care at all the Health Systems' hospitals, outpatient clinics and physicians.

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Management Resource Group Staff Earn Certifications

Management Resource Group Staff Earn Certifications

Several professional staff members of Management Resource Group LLC (MRG) have recently earned extra certifications.

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UAB Named Center of Comprehensive MS Care

UAB Named Center of Comprehensive MS Care

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Center has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is the highest designation in the system developed by the NMSS.

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Children's Names Dimmitt as David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Children's Names Dimmitt as David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

David E. Dixon, a long-time member of the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees, has been honored for his service with the establishment of an endowed chair in his name.

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Grandview Medical Center's Inpatient Rehab Unit Ranks in Top 10 Percent

Grandview Medical Center's Inpatient Rehab Unit, known as Easy Street, has been recognized as one of the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the United States.

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American Sports Medicine Institute to Host Sports Medicine Conference for Sports Agents

American Sports Medicine Institute to Host Sports Medicine Conference for Sports Agents

The American Sports Medicine Institute and Chairman, Dr. James Andrews, have announced ASMI's Inaugural Sports Medicine for Sports Agents Conference, which will be held June 9th and 10th at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.

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Urology Centers Hosts CME Conference

The Urology Centers of Alabama CME conference "But I'm Not a Urologist! Urology for the PCP" was held in April at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. Dr. Mark DeGuenther, Dr. Brian Christine, Jason Biddy and Marcie Prescott served as the conference planning committee.

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Princeton Baptist First in Southeast to Offer New Technology in Treatment of Severe Aortic Stenosis

Princeton Baptist First in Southeast to Offer New Technology in Treatment of Severe Aortic Stenosis

The Structural Heart Program at Princeton Baptist Medical Center became the first center in the southeast to implant the newly FDA approved CoreValveā„¢ Evolutā„¢ PRO TAVR for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis for symptomatic patients who are at high risk for open heart surgery.

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