Imaging Advances Improve Cancer Care

"We're particularly excited about Dototate, a peptide that binds to somatostatin receptors," said Jonathan McConathy, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics at UAB.

Collaboration between UAB and Harvard Results in New Non-Invasive Tool for CF

For the past decade, Steven M. Rowe, MD, director of the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and a professor of medicine at UAB, has been partnering with his collaborator at Harvard to develop a new, minimal...

Business

RiskView Can Improve Patient Care and Reduce Liability

RiskView Can Improve Patient Care and Reduce Liability

A new technology developed SVMIC, a medical malpractice insurance company in Tennessee, addresses the growing need for accessible options for navigating office-based care and the administrative responsibilities associated with running a medical practice.

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Federal Court Upholds Protection for Patient Safety Work Product by the PSQIA

A recent ruling in Rumsey v. Guthrie Med. provides positive support for those providing candid analysis of patient safety events without fear of discovery and all with the intent to improve patient safety and quality of healthcare.

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Healthcare Trends: Compensation Continues to Rise

Healthcare Trends: Compensation Continues to Rise

An aging population, sicker patients, move to new models of care, need for new technologies to increase efficiency and a shortage of skilled staff have helped drive provider and executive salaries up over the last few years.

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CMS and OIG Issue Proposed Changes to the Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute And Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty Law

On October 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued proposed changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) law.

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The Oncology Care Model Value Proposition

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EAMC Opens Spencer Cancer Center

EAMC Opens Spencer Cancer Center

When East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) in Opelika knew their cancer center was outgrowing its space, they turned to an architect who had worked with them for over 17 years to help design a state of the art facility with an emphasis on the best medical technology and healing arts.

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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

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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DOJ: EHR Companies Should Consider Themselves on Notice

Make no mistake, the federal government intends to hold health information technology ("HIT") companies accountable for failures to develop HIT in accordance with federal certification standards and compliance with federal fraud and abuse laws, including payments for customer referrals.

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HHS Publishes Guidelines on Cybersecurity

This December, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils issued voluntary guidelines to assist healthcare providers assess cybersecurity risks and suggestions for mitigating those risks.

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Clinical

ENT Associates Brings Clarifix to Alabama

ENT Associates Brings Clarifix to Alabama

This July, ENT Associates of Alabama introduced a new innovative procedure for the treatment of chronic rhinitis, a condition that affects up to 58 million people in the United States.

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Sleckman Named Director of O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sleckman Named Director of O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Imaging Advances Improve Cancer Care

Imaging Advances Improve Cancer Care

"We're particularly excited about Dototate, a peptide that binds to somatostatin receptors," said Jonathan McConathy, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics at UAB.

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Collaboration between UAB and Harvard Results in New Non-Invasive Tool for CF

Collaboration between UAB and Harvard Results in New Non-Invasive Tool for CF

For the past decade, Steven M. Rowe, MD, director of the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and a professor of medicine at UAB, has been partnering with his collaborator at Harvard to develop a new, minimally invasive tool that enables physicians to view nasal airways at a cellular level.

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Moving the Science Forward

Moving the Science Forward

Founded by nurses for nurses, IACRN supports clinical research nurses in their efforts to advocate for clinical trial participants and move medical science forward.

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How do We Reduce Violence against Nurses?

How do We Reduce Violence against Nurses?

Workplace safety is not a concern unique to healthcare institutions, but it is important. And as incidents of violence increase, it's most often nurses who are the victims.

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Exploring the Genescape of the Brain

Exploring the Genescape of the Brain

Of all the wonders in creation, perhaps the most amazing can be found in the beauty of a single thought. The ability of the brain to perceive, understand, feel, imagine and remember is as remarkable as it is complex and delicate.a

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Grand Rounds

Ashley Ketchum, DO Joins Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of Cullman

Ashley Ketchum, DO Joins Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of Cullman

Ashley A. Ketchum, DO has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Staff where she will practice with Internal Medicine & Pediatrics of Cullman.

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UAB Receives Grant to Address HIV Disparities

UAB Receives Grant to Address HIV Disparities

Researchers in the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases and the Research Informatics Service Center at the Center for AIDS Research have been chosen as the national program office for HIV Care Connect. The new $7 million, five-year initiative is funded by the Merck Foundation.

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Princeton Baptist Medical Center Marks 250th WATCHMAN™ Procedure

Princeton Baptist Medical Center Marks 250th WATCHMAN™ Procedure

The heart team at Princeton Baptist Medical Center recently completed their 250th WATCHMAN™ procedure.

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UAB opens Multidisciplinary Endocrine Tumor Clinic

UAB opens Multidisciplinary Endocrine Tumor Clinic

On October 1st, the University of Alabama at Birmingham opened its new Multidisciplinary Endocrine Tumor Clinic. Located on the third floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, the clinic is a one-stop shop for patients with thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas and adrenal tumors.

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Scott joins Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center

Scott joins Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center

Thomas Scott, MD has joined Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center. He comes to Alabama Allergy from Ascension Medical Group in Wichita, Kansas where he served as the Medical Director.

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Princeton Baptist Earns Certification

Princeton Baptist Medical Center has been granted a three-year certification for both cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs by the American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

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Cullman Regional Offers Newest Technoloby in Total Knee and Hip Replacement

Cullman Regional Offers Newest Technoloby in Total Knee and Hip Replacement

Cullman Regional is the first hospital in central Alabama to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee and total hip replacements with its Mako System.

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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Structural Heart Team Selected to Perform Live Cases

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Structural Heart Team Selected to Perform Live Cases

The Chicago Endovascular Conference (CVC) is one of the most important endovascular meetings in the U.S.

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Midtown Pediatrics Celebrates 20 Years

Midtown Pediatrics Celebrates 20 Years

Midtown Pediatrics is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of pediatric healthcare. Current staff, physicians, retired employees and administration attended an anniversary celebration on July 26.

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New Linear Accelerator at Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center

New Linear Accelerator at Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center

The Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center is now treating cancer patients using a new TrueBeam system from Varian Medical Systems.

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Medical West Hospital Approved to Build New Facility

Medical West Hospital Approved to Build New Facility

The State Health Planning and Development Agency has approved a Certificate of Need filed by Medical West Hospital to construct a replacement hospital in McCalla in Jefferson County.

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Children's of Alabama Named Accredited Center of Care by CCF

Children's of Alabama has been named an Accredited Center of Care by the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes for children with cardiomyopathy.

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