Princeton Baptist Medical Center Repurposes ECMO for COVID Patients

Physicians at Princeton Medical Center have repurposed a therapy that has been used for years to support oxygen levels in patients with severe lung disease.

Help for a Previously Untreatable Disease

Amyloidosis is one of those conditions that tend to show up on medical board exams--intriguing, thought to be rare, and until recently, essentially untreatable.

Business

Princeton Baptist Medical Center Repurposes ECMO for COVID Patients

Princeton Baptist Medical Center Repurposes ECMO for COVID Patients

Physicians at Princeton Medical Center have repurposed a therapy that has been used for years to support oxygen levels in patients with severe lung disease.

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Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Continues Through the Pandemic

Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Continues Through the Pandemic

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting challenges facing health care providers, compliance with fraud and abuse laws has not been waived.

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MS Expands List of Approved Ambulatory Surgery Procedures

MS Expands List of Approved Ambulatory Surgery Procedures

While the healthcare environment has undergone dynamic change over the last 50 years, the demand for more affordable, accessible and higher-quality patient care services has remained constant.

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Cullman Regional Opens Alabama's First Health Park

Cullman Regional Opens Alabama's First Health Park

The first phase of a new health park will open this month in Hartselle. An outreach of Cullman Regional Medical Center, the park will be the first of its kind in Alabama.

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EAMC Opens New $33.7 Million Facility at Auburn

EAMC Opens New $33.7 Million Facility at Auburn

The Auburn Research Park covers more than 170 acres of lakes, meadows, forested areas and a wetland preserve adjacent to the Auburn University campus.

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Five Information Blocking Takeaways

Five Information Blocking Takeaways

On April 5th, the final information blocking rules issued by the Office of National Coordinator ("ONC") took effect, leaving providers with numerous questions regarding what information has to be released, to whom, and how quickly.

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Feature Profiles

What You Don't Know About Edward Logue, MD

What You Don't Know About Edward Logue, MD

Ed Logue, MD is a familiar name to most Alabama healthcare professionals. Logue, who at age 86 still goes into the office every day, has been practicing psychiatry in Birmingham for 50 years.

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Research

Help for a Previously Untreatable Disease

Help for a Previously Untreatable Disease

Amyloidosis is one of those conditions that tend to show up on medical board exams--intriguing, thought to be rare, and until recently, essentially untreatable.

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NCI Director Updates Cancer Progress

NCI Director Updates Cancer Progress

In April, National Cancer Institute Director Norman E. "Ned" Sharpless, MD, FAACR, addressed the virtual attendees of the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting to provide an update on where we stand in the ongoing fight against cancer.

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A Fireside Chat on  COVID & Health Equity

A Fireside Chat on COVID & Health Equity

Recently, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to President Joseph Biden, sat down for a virtual fireside chat with James Hildreth, PhD, MD, one of 12 national leaders tapped for the president's new COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and a member of the Food & Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

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UAB Named Exploratory Alzheimer's  Disease Research Center by NIH and NIA

UAB Named Exploratory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center by NIH and NIA

Just growing up in the South increases your risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.

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Regulatory/Compliance

The Biden Tax Plan

The Trump Era 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the tax code by reducing the income tax brackets of individuals and corporations.

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Healthcare Enforcement Actions

Healthcare Enforcement Actions

Healthcare enforcement actions take multiple forms.

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Three HIPAA  Increases Potentially on the Horizon

Three HIPAA Increases Potentially on the Horizon

On December 10, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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Alabama Enacts COVID-19 Liability Protections for Business and Healthcare Providers

Alabama Enacts COVID-19 Liability Protections for Business and Healthcare Providers

Like many states, the Alabama legislature passed, and Governor Ivey signed into law, a bill that provides civil liability protections to Alabama businesses and healthcare providers related to COVID-19.

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Clinical

Dapagliflozin Approved for Prevention of CKD Progression

Dapagliflozin Approved for Prevention of CKD Progression

Chronic kidney disease patients with protein in their urine have a higher risk of dying than the general population, and diabetes is currently the number one cause of the disease in the United States.

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Brain Health Starts Early

Brain Health Starts Early

What's good for the heart also tends to be good for the brain.

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The Brain After COVID-19

The Brain After COVID-19

Lingering Neurological Effects Common

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Expanding Evidence-Based Care for Dementia

Expanding Evidence-Based Care for Dementia

Alzheimer's Association Creates Training, Certification Program

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Tackling T-Cell Lymphomas

Tackling T-Cell Lymphomas

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is a rare idiopathic cancer that tends to occur later in life. It originates in the white blood cell subset of T-lymphocytes that normally help the immune system fight infections. Mutations in the T-cells' DNA cause the cells to develop abnormalities that push them to attack the skin.

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ACP Recommends Shorter Antibiotic Courses for Common Infections

ACP Recommends Shorter Antibiotic Courses for Common Infections

New guidelines, developed with the help of UAB physicians, that recommend shorter courses of antibiotics for four common infections are being welcomed by clinicians across Alabama and the U.S.

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New InterStim Micro Helps Battle Incontinence

New InterStim Micro Helps Battle Incontinence

More than 37 million American adults suffer from overactive bladder and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence.

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Grand Rounds

Kirksey named to ABPMR Board of Directors

Kirksey named to ABPMR Board of Directors

Keneshia McMullen Kirksey, MD, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Residency Program and professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been selected to serve on the Physician Board of Directors for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Birmingham Resident Selected as Advocate on Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Birmingham Resident Selected as Advocate on Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Birmingham resident, Dianne Riley, was selected by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

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ProxsysRx Partners with Talon Health Data Solutions

Birmingham-based ProxsysRx has entered into a partnership with Talon Health Data Solutions

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Asif Named Associate Dean Primary Care and Rural Health

Asif Named Associate Dean Primary Care and Rural Health

Irfan Asif, MD has been named associate dean for Primary Care and Rural Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Asif currently serves as chair of the UAB Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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Cullman Regional Medical Group Welcomes Richard Gonzales, MD

Cullman Regional Medical Group Welcomes Richard Gonzales, MD

Family Physician Richard Gonzales, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Group.

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Tita Replaces Retiring Saag as Associate Dean for Global and Women's Health

Alan Tita, MD, PhD has been named associate dean for Global and Women's Health at UAB.

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Children's Honors Physician Board Members with Endowed Chairs

Children's of Alabama has honored four members of its Board of Trustees who each have over 20 years of service by establishing endowed chairs

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ProxsysRx Partners with Talon Health Data Solutions

Birmingham-based ProxsysRx has entered into a partnership with Talon Health Data Solutions aimed at reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions and improving patient satisfaction scores (HCAHPS) through their comprehensive omnichannel communication Pharmacy as a Service (PaaS) program.

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Princeton Awarded a Top Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Princeton Awarded a Top Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Princeton Baptist Medical Center was awarded an 'A' in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Princeton's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

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UAB Tops $300 Million in NIH Research Funding

UAB Tops $300 Million in NIH Research Funding

Research funding to UAB from the National Institutes of Health exceeded $325 million in 2020.

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Birmingham Resident Selected as Advocate on Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Birmingham Resident Selected as Advocate on Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Birmingham resident, Dianne Riley, was selected by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

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HudsonAlpha Teams with Auburn for Genomic Health Program

The HudsonAlpha Health Alliance and Auburn University have begun a new collaboration to provide genomic health screening to Auburn employees through the Auburn Pharmaceutical Care Center (AUPCC).

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