Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S.      

“It’s getting old,” says Donald J. Jones, FACHE, administrator for Fayette Medical Center, about the looming Medicaid shortfall recently decided by the Alabama legislature.  ...Read More

 



Current Birmingham Medical News

Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S. | Medicaid, rural hospitals, RCOs, regional care organizations, Alabama Medicaid, Fayette Medical Center, Donald Jones, Alabama Hospital Association, Rosemary Blackmon, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S.

“It’s getting old,” says Donald J. Jones, FACHE, administrator for Fayette Medical Center, about the looming Medicaid shortfall recently decided by the Alabama legislature. Every year the cycle repeats, he says, and every year, the state finds a way. “But it feels different this year. I’m concerned.”


 
Pediatrics Office Will Not Open Due to Medicaid Cuts
Pediatrics Office Will Not Open Due to Medicaid Cuts
The Legislature was warned. It was warned that underfunding Medicaid would result in the loss of both access to care and jobs. The first casualty of the General Fund budget has already occurred, and it took less than a week.
 
UAB Case Competition Helps Students Prepare for Real-World Healthcare Challenges
UAB Case Competition Helps Students Prepare for Real-World Healthcare Challenges
A group of people sit around an office table with folders of data in front of them, brainstorming ideas to meet the new challenges faced by their organization. It's a common sight at hospitals everywhere.
 
WOMEN'S HEALTH FOCUS

Pelvic Pain Specialist Helps Restore Women’s Lives
Pelvic Pain Specialist Helps Restore Women’s Lives
Many women live with chronic pelvic pain, one of the most common and disabling medical problems. Because so many of these women have complex issues that require ongoing treatment, Alex Childs, MD, decided to become a pelvic pain specialist.
 
Urogynecology Specialty Focuses on Female Pelvic Floor Disorders
 
Ovarian Cancer Patients Do Not Benefit from Dose-Dense Chemotherapy  | ovarian cancer chemotherapy; GOG 252; UAB clinical trial for ovarian cancer; paclitaxel and bevacizumab
Ovarian Cancer Patients Do Not Benefit from Dose-Dense Chemotherapy
Ovarian cancer is responsible for about 14,000 deaths in the United States every year. A better understanding of treatments for this lethal cancer is leading researchers to further investigate the outcomes of some studies that may be raising as many questions as answers.
 
BIOTECH FOCUS

Unlocking the Promise | human induced pluripotent stem cells, HiPSCs, UAB Stem Cell Institute, Kejin Hu PHD, spinal cord injuries, neurodegenerative diseases
Unlocking the Promise
UAB Team Increases Stem Cell Reprogramming 20-Fold

The possibilities are tantalizingly close, and almost--but not quite--within our grasp.


 
The Guesswork Is Almost Over | iCubate, iC-GPC assay, Jian Han MD PHD, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, gram positive bacteria, MRSA, staph
The Guesswork Is Almost Over

Instead of waiting for cultures and plate counts, soon iCubate DNA assays could be telling you exactly what gram positive bacteria you are fighting.


 
The Search for New Antibiotics | Antibiotic, Metagenome, iXpressGenes,  HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, A J Singhal, Chemical and Biological Defense Division, Department of Defense, Shawn Levy, PHD, Mark Liles, PHD, resistant bacteria, anthrax, permafrost, sea vent
The Search for New Antibiotics
A humble bread mold launched the age of antibiotics, proving itself a powerful weapon against infection on the battlefields of World War II. Now, less than a century later, there are growing fears that we could be approaching the end of that age all too soon.
 
Healthcare Spotlight

Heslin Shapes Cancer Care Teams
Heslin Shapes Cancer Care Teams
Martin Heslin, MD has accrued an impressive list of accomplishments in his life. Named chief of the medical staff at UAB Health System in 2014, he added a new accolade, executive vice chair of the department of surgery, this year.
 
Guest Writers

CMS Releases New Stark Exceptions for Timeshare Arrangements and Assistance to Recruit Non-Physician Practitioners
In its Final Rule addressing changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and Part B payments for CY 2016, CMS also buried two new exceptions to the physician self-referral law. The Final Rule took effect January 1, 2016 (the “Final Rule”).
 
Don’t Fall Victim to Cyber-Security Disasters
Every day, the news is filled with more reports of cyber-security attacks. Unfortunately, the healthcare community is considered a prime target for hackers who want to gain access to confidential information. Stolen medical records can be valued at up to 10 or 20 times that of a credit card number.
 
New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"), greatly expanding who will be considered a fiduciary when providing "investment advice" to retirement plans.
 
New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"), greatly expanding who will be considered a fiduciary when providing "investment advice" to retirement plans.
 
New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"), greatly expanding who will be considered a fiduciary when providing "investment advice" to retirement plans.
 
Grand Rounds

May 2016 Grand Rounds
 


Knee Replacement Patients May Be Able to Hit the Shower Sooner
Title: Knee Replacement Patients May Be Able to Hit the Shower Sooner
Category: Health News
Created: 5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Probuphine Implant Approved for Opioid Dependence
Title: Probuphine Implant Approved for Opioid Dependence
Category: Health News
Created: 5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Using Aspirin Therapy
Title: Health Tip: Using Aspirin Therapy
Category: Health News
Created: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Health Tip: Breathe Healthier Air at Home
Title: Health Tip: Breathe Healthier Air at Home
Category: Health News
Created: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children
Title: Fewer Inhaled Steroids May Be OK for Asthmatic Children
Category: Health News
Created: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Lifestyle Change May Cut Risk for Women With Breast Cancer Genes
Title: Lifestyle Change May Cut Risk for Women With Breast Cancer Genes
Category: Health News
Created: 5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:00 am CDT


Community gardens grow in popularity in Siouxland - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Community gardens grow in popularity in Siouxland
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The pastor puts on a pair of brown leather work boots and goes out to the garden. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the perennial onions are in bloom. The bulbous purple flowers are easy to pick out among the barren, raised garden beds ...

and more »
Posted Sunday, May 29, 2016 1:11 pm CDT

ECU Notes: FoodMASTER program marks 10 years - Greenville Daily Reflector

ECU Notes: FoodMASTER program marks 10 years
Greenville Daily Reflector
The FoodMASTER program has a number of partners including ECU Family Medicine and the Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic, the College of Education's Center for STEM Education, Boys & Girls Clubs, museums and camps. Nutrition science students who ... “We ...

Posted Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:19 pm CDT

Fire ant attack adds new death to family's sorrow - CBS News

CBS News

Fire ant attack adds new death to family's sorrow
CBS News
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- An Alabama woman standing atop a hay bale was attacked by fire ants and died of an apparent allergic reaction the day after her mother died, authorities and a relative said Friday. A joint funeral was held Thursday in Selma for the ...

and more »
Posted Friday, May 27, 2016 2:27 pm CDT