BBH Service Center Improves Transitions of Care for Medicare Patients

When higher quality care meets higher revenue for physicians, it's a win all the way around. Brookwood Baptist Health (BBH) has managed to achieve this with the development of a cost-effective program for discharged Medicare ...

Advancements in Ankle Arthroplasty Are Changing Lives

Ankle arthroplasty can relieve pain and maintain motion in an arthritic ankle joint. The procedure is an alternative to ankle fusion which also can relieve pain but eliminates motion in the joint.

Business

UAB Bolsters Percentages While Prepping for MIPS

UAB Bolsters Percentages While Prepping for MIPS

Though the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for Medicare physicians does not take effect until 2019, UAB Medicine has already executed several successful campaigns to improve processes that will raise their MIPS rating.

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Book Review

Book Review

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By J. D. Vance

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Feature Profiles

A time to heal: War zone Experience Transforms

A time to heal: War zone Experience Transforms

Mary Lee, MSN, was trained to carry an automatic weapon in a mission to protect and defend. Currently a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve, when she joined the armed forces in 2007, her objective was to be a solider, part of a band of brothers -- and sisters -- whose relationships transcend bloodlines.

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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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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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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

Cytomegalovirus

Cytomegalovirus

Pregnant women take vitamins to avoid neural tube defects such as spina bifida.

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Advancements in Ankle Arthroplasty Are Changing Lives

Advancements in Ankle Arthroplasty Are Changing Lives

Ankle arthroplasty can relieve pain and maintain motion in an arthritic ankle joint. The procedure is an alternative to ankle fusion which also can relieve pain but eliminates motion in the joint.

Read More

BBH Service Center Improves Transitions of Care for Medicare Patients

BBH Service Center Improves Transitions of Care for Medicare Patients

When higher quality care meets higher revenue for physicians, it's a win all the way around. Brookwood Baptist Health (BBH) has managed to achieve this with the development of a cost-effective program for discharged Medicare patients that is proving successful at reducing readmission rates.

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Managing Patients, Not Illness

Managing Patients, Not Illness

John Farley, MD, has been an internal medicine physician for 23 years and has seen the fee-for-service concept of primary care become akin to running on a treadmill.

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Emerging and Reemerging Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Emerging and Reemerging Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Learning to calm childhood fears comes with the job of being a parent. When little ones wake from bad dreams, it's up to mom and dad to turn on the lights, chase away the shadows, and help them feel safe.

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Grand Rounds

Children's of Alabama Specialties Recognized Among Nation's Best

Children's of Alabama Specialties Recognized Among Nation's Best

For the eighth consecutive year, Children's of Alabama is ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

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McBride Joins Cullman Regional

McBride Joins Cullman Regional

Stephen McBride, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Staff where he will practice with Surgical Arts.

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St. Vincent's Opens New Education Center at Samford

St. Vincent's Opens New Education Center at Samford

St. Vincent's Health System held an open house and blessing in July for its new nursing education training center on the Samford University Campus.

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Aspire Now Offers Virtual Reality Rehabilitation

Aspire Now Offers Virtual Reality Rehabilitation

Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba River now offers the OMNIVR system, a virtual reality augmented rehabilitation system that allows clinicians to work with guests in novel, yet functional ways. The system can be utilized by physical, occupational, and speech therapists with a variety of tasks available for each discipline.

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Hoover Selected as Health Care Section Chair of the FDCC

Hoover Selected as Health Care Section Chair of the FDCC

Jim Hoover, a partner in the Burr & Forman Birmingham office, has been elected to serve as chair of the Health Care Section for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) for the 2017-2018 term.

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DCH CFO Nina Dusang Elected President of Alabama Chapter of HFMA

DCH CFO Nina Dusang Elected President of Alabama Chapter of HFMA

Nina Dusang, senior vice president and chief financial officer of DCH Health System, has been elected president of the Alabama Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

More than 220,000 men will face a prostate cancer diagnosis this year. We invite you to join ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer and Urology Centers of Alabama to help end prostate cancer at this year's ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Birmingham.

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Dodd Joins Alabama Pain

Dodd Joins Alabama Pain

Erin Dodd, MD has joined Alabama Pain Physicians.

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UAB School of Nursing Earns National Honor

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing has been designated as a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, which recognizes schools that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and invested resources to distinguish themselves an area of nursing education.

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Alabama Hospital Association Elects Board Members and Officers

Several health care leaders from across the state were elected to serve on the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA) Board of Trustees during the Association's recent meeting.

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Fair Haven's Renovation Opens in fall 2017

Fair Haven's Renovation Opens in fall 2017

Over the last 18 months, the team at Fair Haven has been working to complete a $42M renovation and construction project.

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BBH New Sports Medicine Practice

Brookwood Baptist Health's Specialty Care Network has opened a new sports medicine practice at Princeton Baptist Medical Center with Robert Agee, Jr., MD as the principal provider.

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