Birmingham Laboratory in Forefront of COVID-19 Battle

Birmingham-based Assurance Scientific Laboratories was one of the first commercial labs in the United States to receive FDA clearance to test for COVID-19.

Princeton is First to Use Pressure-Volume Loop System for Cardiac Patients in Alabama

Princeton Baptist Medical Center's cardiovascular program has undergone a major transformation, hiring an additional cardiologist, structural heart physician, and two cardiovascular surgeons as well as launching a number of m...

Business

FDA Approves the First Peanut Allergy Pill

FDA Approves the First Peanut Allergy Pill

Peanut allergies are the second most common food allergy in children, occurring in about one in 50 kids. "There is no cure for peanut allergies other than avoidance, so families naturally have a lot of concern about accidental contact," says Weily Soong, MD, who practices with Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center.

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2020 Chronic Care Management Additions

Several years ago, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released Chronic Care Management (CCM) to assist in improving the quality of chronic illness care which should result in better patient outcomes.

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HIPAA Relaxation during COVID-19

Over the past several months, the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR"), the entity responsible for compliance with and enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA"), has issued several notices (and hosted a few webinars/conference calls) regarding HIPAA enforcement in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Medical Practices Adapt to COVID-19 Shutdown

Medical Practices Adapt to COVID-19 Shutdown

With the spreading COVID-19 disease disrupting life, causing businesses to close temporarily, putting people out of work while most stay home, many Alabama medical practices are struggling with the challenges of managing a plunge in revenue and the need to safely care for patients.

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A Survival Guide for your Practice: Remote Workplace, Telemedicine, and Virtual Consults

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MediSYS Offers Telehealth Tools

In light of the challenges for medical practices, many carriers including BlueCross of Alabama have expanded coverage to make telehealth easier to access and are reimbursing clinics for certain types of visits.

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Feature Profiles

Diversion from Life's Path Leads Physicians on a New Journey

Diversion from Life's Path Leads Physicians on a New Journey

UAB emergency room physician Julian Maha, MD and his wife, UAB Pediatric Critical Care physician Michele Kong, MD were living their dream as successful physicians starting a family with endless opportunities ahead on the path of life.

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Reseach

Meal Timing Strategies Appear to Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Meal Timing Strategies Appear to Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Researchers at UAB have discovered that meal timing strategies -- like intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the daytime -- appear to help people lose weight.

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New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

A new clinical trial led by the National Institutes of Health will evaluate the effectiveness of a long-acting antiretroviral therapy, or ART, combined with conditional economic incentives for patients living with HIV who have had a history of non-adherence to daily oral medication and treatment.

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Using Bag-Mask Ventilation During Intubation Improves Outcomes

Using Bag-Mask Ventilation During Intubation Improves Outcomes

New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that using bag-mask ventilation during intubation improves outcomes and could potentially change the standard of care.

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Study: Low-carb Diet Provides Relief from Knee Osteoarthritis

Study: Low-carb Diet Provides Relief from Knee Osteoarthritis

A study conducted at UAB, published in Pain Medicine, shows a low-carbohydrate diet was more effective in reducing pain intensity than a low-fat diet in adults ages 65-75 suffering from osteoarthritis.

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Regulatory/Compliance

HHS Moves Forward with Prescription Drug Import Plan

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule that would allow states to pursue pilot programs to import drugs from Canada and a draft guidance that would allow drugmakers to import their own products and sell them under different drug codes.

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Proposed Stark Law Changes May Impact Physician Compensation Models

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") proposed sweeping changes to the federal Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly referred to as the Stark Law.

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Discussions among Physician Groups - Avoiding Antitrust Issues

Driven by Federal Health Care Reform and a desire to remain independent of hospitals and health care systems, physician groups are actively exploring different collaborative and alignment options, including the formation of independent practice associations (IPAs), integrated care networks (ICNs), and participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Conscience Protections

On May 21, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final regulations referred to as the Federal conscience and anti-discrimination laws.

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Clinical

Princeton is First to Use Pressure-Volume Loop System for Cardiac Patients in Alabama

Princeton is First to Use Pressure-Volume Loop System for Cardiac Patients in Alabama

Princeton Baptist Medical Center's cardiovascular program has undergone a major transformation, hiring an additional cardiologist, structural heart physician, and two cardiovascular surgeons as well as launching a number of major capital projects.

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UAB Leads Team Researching COVID-19 Cure

UAB Leads Team Researching COVID-19 Cure

While most Americans never gave any thought to the possibility of a pandemic until now, a group of researchers and virologists has been working to develop therapies for emerging uncontrolled infections long before COVID-19 came to dominate the headlines.

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The Use of Biologic Injections in Orthopedics

The Use of Biologic Injections in Orthopedics

The current hot topic within the field of orthopedics is biologic injections (i.e, PRP, stem cells). There is a great amount of research and marketing behind such injections, especially given the potential to help treat joint disease and tendinopathies.

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CMS Steps to Provide More Access by Telehealth

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken steps to make healthcare services more accessible through telehealth, particularly for those who are at high-risk of complications from the virus.

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UAB Opens COVID-19 Clinic

UAB Opens COVID-19 Clinic

When COVID-19 began to emerge as an urgent healthcare issue in Birmingham, UAB physicians from several specialties, including infectious diseases, internal medicine, and family and community medicine, began to discuss the idea of opening a specialized clinic for COVID-19 patients.

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Self Care on the Front Lines of Coronavirus

Self Care on the Front Lines of Coronavirus

Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and the full complement of support staff at hospitals and clinics are battling coronavirus on the front lines. When caring for others, it's all too easy to forget to take care of yourself.

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Birmingham Laboratory in Forefront of COVID-19 Battle

Birmingham Laboratory in Forefront of COVID-19 Battle

Birmingham-based Assurance Scientific Laboratories was one of the first commercial labs in the United States to receive FDA clearance to test for COVID-19.

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Grand Rounds

Honeycutt Named CEO of Innovation Depot

Honeycutt Named CEO of Innovation Depot

Drew Honeycutt, who has started and built multiple businesses in industries including software, real estate, and construction, is the new chief executive officer for Innovation Depot.

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Encompass Health to Award Frontline Employees

Encompass Health Corp will award frontline employees in its 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations and 83 hospice locations with additional paid time off in recognition of their outstanding efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Lee Burnett, MD Joins UCA Van Scott Cancer Center Team

Lee Burnett, MD Joins UCA Van Scott Cancer Center Team

Lee Burnett, MD has joined Urology Centers of Alabama. Barnett has been board-certified in Radiation Oncology since 2010 and holds committee appointments with the American Board of Radiology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the American College of Radiation Oncology.

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Southern AIDS Coalition Holds Lifting the Veil on HIV Summit

Southern AIDS Coalition Holds Lifting the Veil on HIV Summit

The South has a deep relationship with medical mistrust. In 1932, Macon County, Alabama, became home to the "U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee" which is known as the Syphilis Experiment.

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Citizens Baptist Celebrates 50 Years

On March 12th, Citizens Baptist Hospital held a celebration to commemorate its 50th year serving Talladega area patients.

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Lahti and Pozzo-Miller Selected as Co-Directors

Adrienne Lahti, MD, the F. Cleveland Kinney Endowed Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology, has been selected as the director of the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC).

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Hans Noffsinger, MD Joins Cullman Regional Medical Group

Hans Noffsinger, MD Joins Cullman Regional Medical Group

Board-certified Internal Medicine Physician Hans Noffsinger, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Group - Family Care. Noffsinger completed his medical degree at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine and completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

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$2 Million Gift to UAB Division of Nephrology

The Charles and Hilda Anderson family has made a $2 million gift to the UAB Division of Nephrology.

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Krell Honored by National Psoriasis Foundation

Krell Honored by National Psoriasis Foundation

James Krell, MD has been chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Health Professional Volunteer of the Year by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF).

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Princeton Baptist Performs its First Rental Cryoablation

Princeton Baptist Medical Center recently performed its first renal cryoablation, a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment that destroys tumors through freezing to less than -40 degrees Celsius, resulting in cell death.

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UAB School of Nursing Recognized for Promoting Men in Nursing

UAB School of Nursing Recognized for Promoting Men in Nursing

The number of men who choose to enter the nursing profession continues to increase in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the School of Nursing at UAB was recognized for its efforts in promoting male nursing students when it was named one of the 2019 Best Schools for Men in Nursing by the American Association for Men in Nursing.

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Jeff Kerby Named First State Trauma Consultant

Jeff Kerby Named First State Trauma Consultant

Jeff Kerby, MD, PhD has been named the first state of Alabama trauma consultant by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Kerby is a trauma surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

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