UAB Clinical Trial Underway for COVID-19 Treatment

UAB is looking for Covid-positive individuals for an outpatient study that examines the effect of a common drug on inhibiting the progression of the disease, especially in people with comorbidities.

Alabama Nurses Miss Out on CARES Act Funding

In September 2020, the state of Alabama was awarded $1.8 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act money to support health care organizations and providers, communities, and businesses impacted by...

Business

HHS Issues Fraud Alert on Remuneration with Healthcare Companies Speaker Programs

HHS Issues Fraud Alert on Remuneration with Healthcare Companies Speaker Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Special Fraud Alert from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) highlighting the fraud and abuse risks associated with the offer, payment, solicitation, or receipt of remuneration related to speaker programs sponsored by healthcare companies.

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Alabama Nurses Miss Out on CARES Act Funding

Alabama Nurses Miss Out on CARES Act Funding

In September 2020, the state of Alabama was awarded $1.8 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act money to support health care organizations and providers, communities, and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PATHS Offers Rural Providers Access to Pediatric Mental Health Training

PATHS Offers Rural Providers Access to Pediatric Mental Health Training

Children's of Alabama, in partnership with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, has found a way to help physicians facing the shortage of pediatric mental health providers in rural Alabama.

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$20 Billion- Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding Now Available / PBL Zoom Meeting October 21



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HudsonAlpha Health Alliance Makes Clinical Use of Genomic Tools Widely Accessible

HudsonAlpha Health Alliance Makes Clinical Use of Genomic Tools Widely Accessible

Known for its contributions in research and basic science, HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology in Huntsville also has a mission to bring that new knowledge to patient care.

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2020 Alabama Health Care Year in Review

Prior to COVID-19, most healthcare providers were benefiting from a strong economy, low unemployment and increased patient insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act (but unfortunately not Alabama, which continues to refuse to expand Medicaid). Then, everything changed. The COVID-19 pandemic.

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Feature Profiles

Prescott Atkinson, MD, PhD Honored as Avocational Paleontologist

Prescott Atkinson, MD, PhD Honored as Avocational Paleontologist

T. Prescott Atkinson, MD, PhD has a lifelong love of biology, a passion that led him to his career as a pediatric allergist at Children's of Alabama, and kindled his avocation in paleontology.

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Research

Andrew Smith, MD Develops Groundbreaking AI for Radiology

Andrew Smith, MD Develops Groundbreaking AI for Radiology

Andrew Smith MD, PhD, doesn't refer to the AI he helped to develop as artificial intelligence.

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Addressing the Growing Issue of Firearm Injuries

Addressing the Growing Issue of Firearm Injuries

It's hard to stop what you don't understand. The American College of Surgeons has secured a grant to identify individual & community risk factors for non-lethal firearm injuries.

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Broken Heart Syndrome

We use the term 'broken heart' to describe someone suffering emotional distress, but not experiencing an actual medical condition. In cardiovascular medicine, however, this phrase is no longer strictly symbolic. Medical professionals now understand that there is a direct link between severe emotional and a serious cardiac condition.

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All of Us Looks to Improve Care for Each of Us

All of Us Looks to Improve Care for Each of Us

The innovative All of Us initiative from the NIH provides researchers with a rich source of data to speed discoveries in both precision medicine and population health.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Hospital Price Transparency Rule - January 1, 2021 Effective Date

Hospital Price Transparency Rule - January 1, 2021 Effective Date

As if hospitals don't have enough challenges with the fallout from COVID-19, they also need to comply with the new Hospital Price Transparency Rule (See 45 C.F.R. Part 180) which is effective January 1, 2021.

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HIPAA Patient Rights

Although HIPAA is probably best known for its privacy and security provisions, it also affords certain essential rights to ensure that individuals have access to their medical records.

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Evaluating ADA Issues Through the COVID-19 Lens

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are taking a second look at even the most routine of workplace situations. Where multi-employee Monday morning watercooler gatherings once took place, empty spaces with social distancing reminders have appeared.

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Non-Discrimination during COVID-19 Pandemic

There have been a number of recent enforcement actions announced by the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") regarding alleged discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Clinical

UAB Clinical Trial Underway for COVID-19 Treatment

UAB Clinical Trial Underway for COVID-19 Treatment

UAB is looking for Covid-positive individuals for an outpatient study that examines the effect of a common drug on inhibiting the progression of the disease, especially in people with comorbidities.

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COVID Vaccine Tested Pre-clinically at UAB Nears Phase 1 Clinical Trials

COVID Vaccine Tested Pre-clinically at UAB Nears Phase 1 Clinical Trials

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate that underwent extensive preclinical testing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham this spring and summer is poised for clinical testing to begin in December.

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Inhaled Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Shows Efficacy

Inhaled Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19 Shows Efficacy

While COVID-19 vaccines are dominating coronavirus news, researchers are still working on treatments for the virus as well, and progress in that regard is being made by a team led by UAB scientists.

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When a Birmingham Physician Suffered from Early Onset Dementia

When a Birmingham Physician Suffered from Early Onset Dementia

Imagine suddenly learning you have to give up a career you love--a profession you have spent a lifetime building that has become a major part of your identity. Not in a few years or months or even days, but right now, this moment, someone else has to cover your appointments for the rest of the day, and forever

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Two Alabama Hospitals Recognized Nationally for Maternity Outcomes

Two Alabama Hospitals Recognized Nationally for Maternity Outcomes

"We're thrilled. I knew we had good quality outcomes and I knew this was something we focused on, but I had no idea how well we stacked up against other hospitals in the nation," says Jesanna Cooper, MD, OBGYN and chair of the Women and Infants Department at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

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UAB Opens Uterine Transplant Program First in Southeast, Fourth In United States

UAB Opens Uterine Transplant Program First in Southeast, Fourth In United States

Infertility can be emotionally challenging for anyone. For women born without a uterus or who lose theirs' to illness and surgery, it can be devastating, with a finality that until now has ended their hope of ever bearing a child.

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UAB Opens a Post-COVID Treatment Program for Patients with Longer-Term Symptoms

UAB Opens a Post-COVID Treatment Program for Patients with Longer-Term Symptoms

One of the most frightening aspects of COVID-19 is the fact that some patients struggle with symptoms for months after their recovery from the disease.

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Grand Rounds

NIH Grant to UAB to Improve COVID Testing in Underserved Populations

NIH Grant to UAB to Improve COVID Testing in Underserved Populations

Through funding from the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative (RADx), the University of Alabama at Birmingham will launch a community-based testing model in Jefferson County as part of an effort to improve access, uptake and follow-up to COVID-19 testing in underserved populations.

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Harris Elected President of Alabama State Nurses Association

Harris Elected President of Alabama State Nurses Association

The Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) has chosen Lindsey Harris, DNP, FNP-BC to be the organization's president, making her the first person of color to hold the position since ASNA formed 107 year ago.

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Rowe Joins Chilton Medical Associates

Rowe Joins Chilton Medical Associates

Chilton Medical Associates has named Barry Rowe as the Practice Administrator. With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Rowe joins the practice after serving as Director of Operations for American Family Care Urgent Care.

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Grandview Selected as One of 10 Nationwide Recipients

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FCC Awards UAB $1 Million for COVID Telehealth

FCC Awards UAB $1 Million for COVID Telehealth

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Hindman Joins Brookwood as Chief Nursing Officer

Hindman Joins Brookwood as Chief Nursing Officer

Robbie Hindman has joined Brookwood Baptist Medical Center as chief nursing officer (CNO) while continuing her role as CNO of the Brookwood Baptist Health System.

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Leadership Changes at Grandview

Leadership Changes at Grandview

Keith Granger has announced his retirement from his role as CHSPSC President of Region 1, which includes hospitals in Alabama, Georgia and the Florida panhandle, at the end of 2020. Prior to this position, Granger served as CEO of Flowers Hospital in Dothan and Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.

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Shaughnessy Named Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Shaughnessy Named Director of Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Erin Shaughnessy, MD has been named director of the division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children's of Alabama where she succeeds former division director Robert Pass, MD.

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Jason Biddy Elected President of Alabama MGMA

Jason Biddy Elected President of Alabama MGMA

Jason Biddy, MBA, CMPE, the CEO of Urology Centers of Alabama, has been elected to serve as President of Alabama Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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Parker Elected President of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

Parker Elected President of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

Mark Parker, MD, FACS has been elected to serve as President of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

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Beau Grantier, MD Joins Southlake Orthopaedics

Beau Grantier, MD Joins Southlake Orthopaedics

Beau Grantier, MD has joined Southlake Orthopaedics and is seeing patients at the Grandview office. Grantier specializes in Sports Medicine non-surgical and is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

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Adamsville Family Medicine Joins Complete Health

Adamsville Family Medicine has joined the Complete Health family of primary care practices, making it the second Complete Health practice in the Birmingham area, along with Birmingham Internal Medicine Associates.

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