New Prostate Procedure Provides Less Invasive Treatment Option

More than 500 million men worldwide suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate.

Life-saving Battlefield Tourniquet Approved for Use by Alabama First-Responders

The Abdominal Aortic Junctional Tourniquetâ„¢ (AAJT) that treats both pelvic hemorrhage and severe bilateral lower junctional hemorrhage has been approved for use by paramedics and other first-responders in Alabama.

Business

OIG Reminds Healthcare Providers of Fraud Risk Factors When Deciding whether to Exclude a Healthcare Provider

With the continued proliferation of qui tam False Claims cases showing no signs of slowing down, not only must providers consider the amount of any monetary settlements, they must also consider whether the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health & Human Services ("OIG") will require a corporate integrity agreement ("CIA").

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Alabama Hospital Association Campaigns to Expand Medicaid in Alabama

Alabama Hospital Association Campaigns to Expand Medicaid in Alabama

The Alabama Hospital Association has launched the ALhealthmatters campaign, highlighting the importance of expanding Medicaid in Alabama.

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Feature Profiles

Morgan Perseveres Through Challenges

Morgan Perseveres Through Challenges

Micah Morgan, CRNP has never shied away from a challenge. After earning her nursing degree from UAB in 2011, Morgan began working at the UAB Medical Intensive Care Unit and quickly developed a passion for caring for the critically ill.

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Regulatory/Compliance

The Stark Law: A Reminder and Request

If you ask a healthcare provider to state the healthcare laws and regulations that give them a headache, you are likely to receive a range of responses.

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Alabama's New Data Breach Law

Alabama's New Data Breach Law

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DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

We recently reported that Michael Granston, Director of the Civil Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ), made comments during a November 2017 healthcare compliance conference suggesting that in cases where the DOJ has determined allegations in a qui tam (or "whistleblower") lawsuit lack merit, the government may more aggressively exercise its statutory authority - rarely used in the past - to dismiss such cases.

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The Battle over 340B

The Battle over 340B

The battle over 340B continues as hospitals serving some of the nation's most vulnerable patients worry what will happen if $1.6 billion in cuts go through.

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Reseach

New Drug Should Benefit Majority of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

A triple-combination drug has been shown to be effective in improving lung function for the majority of patients with cystic fibrosis. The new therapy should provide therapeutic benefits for 90 percent of all patients with the genetic disease.

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Some People are Resilient to Alzheimer's

Some People are Resilient to Alzheimer's

Researchers believe that some people -- perhaps 30 to 50 percent of the population -- are resilient to the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

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The Quest for Quality in Clinical Trials

The Quest for Quality in Clinical Trials

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals is focused on workforce training and development to ensure clinical trials are well designed, executed, and reported to move the science forward.

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New Breathing Tube for Cardiac Arrest Could Save Thousands

New Breathing Tube for Cardiac Arrest Could Save Thousands

A study comparing two breathing tubes used by paramedics during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest shows that the King laryngeal tube was superior to the more commonly used endotracheal tube.

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Clinical

Life-saving Battlefield Tourniquet Approved for Use by Alabama First-Responders

Life-saving Battlefield Tourniquet Approved for Use by Alabama First-Responders

The Abdominal Aortic Junctional Tourniquetâ„¢ (AAJT) that treats both pelvic hemorrhage and severe bilateral lower junctional hemorrhage has been approved for use by paramedics and other first-responders in Alabama.

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New Prostate Procedure Provides Less Invasive Treatment Option

New Prostate Procedure Provides Less Invasive Treatment Option

More than 500 million men worldwide suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate.

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House Calls

House Calls

Birmingham can be proud of having some of the most advanced health care resources on the planet. But for patients who are house-bound, those resources can be as inaccessible as if they were a world away.

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Sharing ACE Advances

Sharing ACE Advances

In improving cognition and functional outcomes in hospitalized geriatric patients, the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) model has proven its value. The difficulty is that there are so few ACE units and so many patients who could benefit but don't have access.

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One-and-Done Infusion Option for Cellulitis

One-and-Done Infusion Option for Cellulitis

When a patient presents to the emergency room with cellulitis--a soft tissue infection--they often end up admitted to the hospital for an average stay of around 3.8 days.

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Advancements in Imaging Improve Prostate Cancer Detection

Advancements in Imaging Improve Prostate Cancer Detection

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men outside of skin cancers and is the most common solid organ malignancy in American men. UAB Hospital has developed a program for personalized prostate care and advanced state-of-the-art imaging tools that is helping doctors detect and fight this disease.

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Who is Getting Healthcare Right?

Who is Getting Healthcare Right?

Knowledge is power ... Healthgrades has recently released the 20th annual hospital quality rankings and 2nd annual National Health Index, looking at the strengths and challenges city's face in creating a healthy community.

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Grand Rounds

UAB Study Aims to build Better Model for Brain Tumors

UAB Study Aims to build Better Model for Brain Tumors

A research team led by UAB is launching a study to find a better model for glioblastoma, a particularly devastating type of brain tumor, to help determine the most appropriate treatment modality.

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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Designated Birmingham's in Stroke Treatment

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has designated Brookwood Baptist Medical Center as the only Honor Roll Elite+ hospital in the Birmingham area in the treatment of stroke.

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Vernon Honored by Tenet

Vernon Honored by Tenet

Elizabeth Vernon, RN, who serves in Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Palliative & Supportive Care unit, has been inducted into the Tenet Heroes 2018 Hall of Fame, Tenet's highest honor for colleagues.

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Roberts Named ALSHP Technician of the Year

Roberts Named ALSHP Technician of the Year

Brandon Roberts, pharmacy inventory management specialist at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, was honored by the Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists (ALSHP) as Technician of the Year.

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James Evans, MD Joins Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center

James Evans, MD Joins Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center

James Evans, MD has joined the medical staff of the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center as a medical oncologist/hematologist.

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation Funds Two Projects

Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) has presented two awards for two-year collaborative breast cancer research projects in Alabama. One award went to David Schneider, MD of UAB and Corinne E. Augelli-Szafran, PhD of Southern Research.

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Callahan Joins Pearce Bevill

Callahan Joins Pearce Bevill

Jerry Callahan, Jr., CPA, PFS has joined Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore.

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Claire Roebuck Joins Healthcare Management Partners

Claire Roebuck Joins Healthcare Management Partners

Healthcare Management Partners (HMP), a turnaround and consulting firm specializing in supporting healthcare organizations facing financial challenges, has announced the addition of Claire Roebuck as Senior Associate.

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Rajini Murthy, MD Joins Total Skin & Beauty

Rajini Murthy, MD Joins Total Skin & Beauty

Rajini Murthy, MD has joined Total Skin & Beauty Dermatology.

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Mike Slive Foundation Partners with Urology Centers of Alabama

Mike Slive Foundation Partners with Urology Centers of Alabama

Urology Centers of Alabama and the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research have entered into a strategic partnership to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

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Pittler Receives Grant

Pittler Receives Grant

Steven Pittler, PhD, director of the UAB School of Optometry Vision Science Research Center, has been awarded an R01 grant to develop mouse model studies of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (arRP), a prevalent and progressive blinding disorder that currently has no treatment or preventive means.

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UAB Named One of Best Online Master of Public Health Programs

The School of Public Health at UAB has been listed as having one of the best online Master of Public Health programs in the nation.

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