Cross-specialty Partnership Group Fights GERD

Recent studies have found that up to 28 percent of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

New Laser Surgery for Epilepsy

An epilepsy diagnosis will change a person's life.

Business

Analysts Outline Expectations for the Healthcare Industry

As President Joe Biden was taking the oath of office in Washington, D.C., healthcare financial analysts gathered via video to share their thoughts on what a new administration and ongoing pandemic might mean for various industry sectors in 2021.

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Medical Cannabis and Seniors

Medical Cannabis Appeared to Improve Neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's Patient

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Will Steineker
Will Steineker

Will Medical Cannabis Pass in Alabama?

In November, Mississippi voted to establish a medical cannabis program while New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana legalized cannabis for adults over 21, bringing the number of states with some degree of legalization to 35.

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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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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

ACC Releases Latest Information on Treating HFrEF

ACC Releases Latest Information on Treating HFrEF

Heart failure (HF) continues to rise alongside an aging population.

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What Does the Research Say About Medical Cannabis?

What Does the Research Say About Medical Cannabis?

In 1988 researchers discovered a collection of receptor sites in the brain that were activated by Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is one of 113 different cannabinoids that have been isolated from the Cannabis plant.

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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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Regulatory/Compliance

The Office for Civil Rights Announces Additional Help with Fighting COVID-19

The Office for Civil Rights Announces Additional Help with Fighting COVID-19

On January 19, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") announced that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for violations of the HIPAA Rules in connection with the good faith use of online or web-based scheduling applications (collectively, "WBSAs") when used for scheduling individual appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

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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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Clinical

Let's Use the Current State of SNF Therapy as a Springboard to More Positive Outcomes

Let's Use the Current State of SNF Therapy as a Springboard to More Positive Outcomes

Therapy today in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) looks vastly different than it did before the pandemic.

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New Laser Surgery for Epilepsy

New Laser Surgery for Epilepsy

An epilepsy diagnosis will change a person's life.

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Gastroenterologist Raj Parikh, MD, (left) of Birmingham Gastroenterology and Brookwood's general surgeon Brenden Haikes, MD, mesh their specialties on a new cross-pollination surgical approach to fight GERD.
Gastroenterologist Raj Parikh, MD, (left) of Birmingham Gastroenterology and Brookwood's general surgeon Brenden Haikes, MD, mesh their specialties on a new cross-pollination surgical approach to fight GERD.

Cross-specialty Partnership Group Fights GERD

Recent studies have found that up to 28 percent of Americans suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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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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Grand Rounds

Alabama Genomic Health Initiative Publishes First Major Data Set

Some of the first results from the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative (AGHI)were recently published in Genetics in Medicine.

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Callahan Clinic Opens in Trussville

The new UAB Callahan Eye Hospital Clinic opened in Trussville on January 19.

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Vaughan Retires

Vaughan Retires

After over 40 years in practice, Tom Vaughan, Jr., MD has retired from Children's of Alabama.

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Bradford Launches Medication-Assisted Clinics

Bradford Health Services is expanding of its services in Alabama with the launch of the Bradford Clinic, a new program with outpatient centers that combine Bradford's counseling with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).

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Jackson Thornton  Technologies Awarded  Blue Diamond Partnership

Jackson Thornton Technologies Awarded Blue Diamond Partnership

Jackson Thornton Technologies (JTT), a subsidiary of Jackson Thornton CPAs and Consultants have been named a Datto Blue Diamond Global Partner.

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Elie Named Chair of UAB Department of Emergency Medicine

Elie Named Chair of UAB Department of Emergency Medicine

Marie-Carmelle Elie, MD has been named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UAB School of Medicine

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Forbes Names Kassouf 2021 Top Firm

Forbes named Birmingham-based Kassouf & Co one of the top firms of 2021 in their annual America's Best Tax and Accounting firms list.

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Williams Joins  Urology Centers

Williams Joins Urology Centers

Heather Williams has the UCA Women's Center as a Board-Certified Adult-Gerontology and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner.

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Study of Genetic  Factors That Shape  Human Gut Microbiome

Study of Genetic Factors That Shape Human Gut Microbiome

Recently, an international study by the MiBioGen consortium, an international collaboration involving more than 20 labs across the world, analyzed the common genetic factors that influence the composition of the human gut microbiome in more than 18,000 people.

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Princeton Names  McGrue Chief  Nursing Officer

Princeton Names McGrue Chief Nursing Officer

Van McGrue, RN, MSN, PhD has been named chief nursing officer (CNO) at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Most recently, McGrue served as CNO of Citizens Baptist Medical Center.

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UAB Orthopaedics Launches Urgent Care Clinic

UAB has opened a new urgent care orthopaedic clinic, which is run by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and located at UAB Highlands Hospital.

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Bivins Named President of Urology Centers of Alabama

Bivins Named President of Urology Centers of Alabama

Urology Centers of Alabama has named V. Michael Bivin, MD as the new president.

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