Research Leads to Better Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis      

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common chronic inflammatory, pruritic skin disease. It causes intense itching and scratching which leads to a severe rash.  ...Read More

 



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Surviving The Shifting Reimbursement Landscape | Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act; MACRA; Medicare Physician Fee Schedule; Alternative Payment Model; Merit-based Incentive Payment System; Physician Quality Reporting System; Value-based Payment Modifier; Quality Resource Use Report; meaningful use;
Surviving The Shifting Reimbursement Landscape
When you live in a seismic zone, you don’t wait for the ground to start shaking to prepare.  You build your home from the ground up with strength and flexibility engineered to help you survive, and you stock up on resources you may need to ride out the aftershocks.
 
Health Empowerment - There’s an App for That | Arthritis Power, Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute PCORI,  Global Healthy Living Foundation, Creakybones.org. UAB, James H. Willig MD, Patient Powered Research Network
Health Empowerment - There’s an App for That
When you’re living with a chronic disease like arthritis, there are times when even the best efforts to keep a positive attitude bog down into a feeling of helplessness.
 
X-ray Reimbursements Will Bring an End to Analog and CR | x-ray, digital imaging, CMS, digital radiography, DR, computed radiography, CR, x-ray machines, Capital X-Ray, Terry Stiff, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
X-ray Reimbursements Will Bring an End to Analog and CR
Medicare has begun the push toward purely digital radiography (DR). Starting next year, reimbursements for exams preformed on film-based x-ray machines will radically decline. The following year, reimbursements involving computed radiography (CR) equipment will get hit.
 
ASTHAMA/ALLERGY FOCUS

Research Leads to Better Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis | Atopic dermatitis; eczema; atopic dermatitis and related allergies; Dupilumab
Research Leads to Better Understanding of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is the most common chronic inflammatory, pruritic skin disease. It causes intense itching and scratching which leads to a severe rash.
 
10 Things to Know About Allergies
  1. Systemic steroids are overused. Physicians often give steroid shots or oral bursts for sinusitis, bronchitis, URI’s, asthma, joint inflammation, skin conditions or other reasons.

 
Antifungal Treatment: A New Approach to Asthma Care?
Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine have found that patients with asthma or chronic sinusitis benefited from antifungal therapies – even in patients who weren’t particularly sensitive or allergic to fungi.
 
MENTAL HEALTH FOCUS

Heroin and Birmingham’s Medical Community | heroin in Birmingham, heroin, painkillers, role of prescriptions in heroin addiction, pill mills, doc shopping, teens on pain killers, Addiction Prevention Coalition, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Heroin and Birmingham’s Medical Community
“Through my entire career,” says Clay Morris, special agent with the Birmingham Office of the DEA, “I’ve never spoken to a heroin addict who didn’t have a prescription drug addiction.”
 
To Be, Or Not To Be
To Be, Or Not To Be

Suicide Biomarkers and Ketamine Rescue 

Our fate may not be written in the stars, but our risk of suicidal depression could be written in microRNA (miRNA) that affects neurotransmitters including serotonin and dopamine.


 
UAB Study Finds Relationship between Marijuana Use and Loss of Verbal Memory

Marijuana is the most frequently used illicit drug in the United States, according to a recent survey from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and new data suggest that marijuana use now could pose a serious cognitive function risk later in life.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Great Outdoors Calls to Mark Williams, MD
Great Outdoors Calls to Mark Williams, MD
Take a moment to open Google Maps, and zoom in on the northwestern corner of the United State where you’ll find a thin blue line wending its way through central Idaho.
 
Guest Writers

Protect Your Practice from Ransomeware
noun: ransomware: a type of malicious malware/software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
 
More Medicare Provider and Supplier Revalidation: Just what the Doctor Ordered
Just when Medicare providers thought the revalidation process was over, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added another set of requirements. As of March 1, 2016, CMS has instituted Cycle 2 with an easier and gentler approach at provider number revalidation.
 
Ex-Husband's Revenge Leads to HHS Trophy
Patient care is not confined to a single office or exam room, or a single physician or other provider.
 
Alabama Hospital Association Response to Medicaid Budget
 “The General Fund Budget passed by the legislature and recently vetoed by Gov. Bentley is $85 million short of the money needed to fund the current Medicaid program, a program that provides health care to almost 25 percent of the state’s population,” said Danne Howard, executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Alabama Hospital Association.
 
The Literary Examiner

“I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the Andes Inspired My Calling to Save Lives”

by Dr. Roberto Canessa and Pablo Vierci

c.2016, Atria Books; $26.00 / $35.00 Canada; 291 pages


 
Grand Rounds

April 2016 Grand Rounds
 


Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study
Title: Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Why Labradors Often Get Fat
Title: Why Labradors Often Get Fat
Category: Health News
Created: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Trim Daily Calories
Title: Health Tip: Trim Daily Calories
Category: Health News
Created: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds
Title: Many Heart Bypass Patients Don't Take Needed Meds
Category: Health News
Created: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries
Title: Emergency Surgery Risky Business in Poor Countries
Category: Health News
Created: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Could Infant Colds, Other Infections Raise Type 1 Diabetes Risk?
Title: Could Infant Colds, Other Infections Raise Type 1 Diabetes Risk?
Category: Health News
Created: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00 am CDT


The Latest: Expert questions doctor's handling of Prince - WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

The Latest: Expert questions doctor's handling of Prince
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com
Attorney William Mauzy told the Minneapolis Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1q0bEM1 ) that Prince representatives called Dr. Howard Kornfeld on April 20, the day before Prince died. Mauzy says he is representing the Kornfeld family. Mauzy says Kornfeld ...

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Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2:49 pm CDT

Bail bondsman arrested, charged with theft & harassment - WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com

Bail bondsman arrested, charged with theft & harassment
WBRC FOX6 News - WBRC.com
They flipped mattresses, went though dress drawers, medicine cabinets, the mail on my kitchen counter -- just everything," said woman. "My kids were in here and were terrified. I just feel like they violated me and my family." She says after McNeil and ...

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Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2016 9:53 pm CDT

Alabama governor signs medical marijuana oil bill into law - KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)

Alabama governor signs medical marijuana oil bill into law
KSNT (press release) (registration) (blog)
The legislation, nicknamed Leni's Law, follows a similar bill in 2014 that established a CBD oil medical study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. ... Many potential candidates were denied access, leaving their families struggling for relief ...

Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:58 pm CDT