Business

More Hard Times for Hospitals

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:47 pm by kbarrettalley

By Tyler Layne and Jay Greathouse   Steep inflation, staffing shortages, supply chain disruption, the continuing impact of COVID-19 and other factors are putting financ.... Read More

Drs. Fulmer and Barlow Rock

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:27 pm by kbarrettalley

By Ansley Franco   Many in the Birmingham medical community know neurosurgeon Ben Fulmer, MD and anesthesiologist Michael Barlow, MD, as the pair that spends hours toge.... Read More

Boothe Strives to Represent Alabama Physicians Through the Medical Association

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:25 pm by kbarrettalley

By Marti Webb Slay   As president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, Julia L. Boothe, MD, MPH, FAAFP, wants to continue building an organization that r.... Read More

The Medical Assistant Dilemma

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:25 pm by kbarrettalley

By LYNNE JETER   Cone Medical Group reduced its turnover rate from 20 to 10 percent by starting its own program for certified medical assistants (CMAs). HealthPoint Med.... Read More

Brookwood Father/Daughter Team Delivers Healthy Babies Together

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:10 pm by kbarrettalley

By Marti Webb Slay   When ob/gyn Greg Banks, MD welcomed his newborn daughter, Amy, at Brookwood in 1990, he knew he’d be joining the staff the next day. What he.... Read More

Feature Profiles

Amanda Tapley McGriff, MD Has Always Found Creative Solutions

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:16 pm by kbarrettalley

By Laura Freeman   Throughout her life, when Amanda Tapley McGriff, MD has faced obstacles, she has come up with creative solutions, beginning with the use of her music.... Read More

Regulatory/Compliance

Proposed Rules Could Impact How Healthcare Providers Handle Medical Waste

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:43 pm by kbarrettalley

By: Angie Cameron Smith In August 2022, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) published proposed changes to its rules for public comment. Sp.... Read More

Questions to Ask When Considering Outsourcing Billing

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:27 pm by kbarrettalley

By Bill Cockrell   Having been involved in medical practice management for almost 40 years, I’ve seen the move from the old pegboard financial tracking system to.... Read More

Disposal of Medical Information—It’s More Than Just Shredding

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:24 pm by kbarrettalley

By Kelli Carpenter Fleming   Providers often ask how long they need to retain certain types of medical information. While there are some general rules regarding the tim.... Read More

Progress Slow with Hospital Price Transparency

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm by kbarrettalley

By Carrie Douglas and Zachary Trotter A patient rights organization recently reported that only 16 percent of the 2,000 U.S. hospitals it reviewed were in compliance with the.... Read More

Research

Breast Cancer Screening Update

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:28 pm by kbarrettalley

By Laura Freeman   Advances in breast cancer screening and treatment have made a tremendous difference in outcomes. Between1989 and 2020, death rates have gone down 43.... Read More

OrthoGrid Navigation System Offers a Clearer Picture of Hip Surgeries

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:12 pm by kbarrettalley

By Laura Freeman   Michael K. Ryan, MD of Andrews Sports Medicine is a rare orthopedic surgeon. In addition to the anterior approach hip replacements he performs at As.... Read More

An Alternative for Sleep Apnea Sufferers Who Can’t Use CPAP

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:09 pm by kbarrettalley

By Steve Spencer   The American Medical Association estimates that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects up to 30 million people. The condition, in which a person&rsquo.... Read More

Former College Football Player Returns to the Field to Help Younger Generations of Athletes

Sep 14, 2022 at 07:16 am by steve

Michael Patterson, MD has always had a passion for sports. He played four sports in high school but fell in love with football. After being off the field for years now, Patt.... Read More

Clinical

Rallying Around Clinical Trial Programs

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:41 pm by kbarrettalley

By LYNNE JETER   For the last three years, clinical trials have grown by 25 percent, yet participant pay remains arbitrary and inconsistent among studies.   &ldq.... Read More

Exercise and Nutrition for Breast Cancer Survivors

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:40 pm by kbarrettalley

by Jane Ehrhardt   About 30 percent of all cancer diagnoses in females are breast cancer. Of those 287,850 new cases of invasive breast cancer annually, according to th.... Read More

The Disparity Dilemma

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:30 pm by kbarrettalley

Why Are African American Women More Likely to Die from Breast Cancer? By Laura Freeman   According to American Cancer Society figures, African American women are sligh.... Read More

The Disparity Dilemma

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:30 pm by kbarrettalley

Why Are African American Women More Likely to Die from Breast Cancer? By Laura Freeman   According to American Cancer Society figures, African American women are sligh.... Read More

Cullman Regional Starts a Neuroscience Department

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:24 pm by kbarrettalley

By Jane Ehrhardt With the arrival of neurologist Muhammad Siddiqi, MD, on staff, Cullman Regional Medical Center has taken the first step toward creating their own neuroscien.... Read More

Research

Breast Cancer Screening Update

Nov 18, 2022 at 02:28 pm by kbarrettalley

By Laura Freeman   Advances in breast cancer screening and treatment have made a tremendous difference in outcomes. Between1989 and 2020, death rates have gone down 43.... Read More

OrthoGrid Navigation System Offers a Clearer Picture of Hip Surgeries

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:12 pm by kbarrettalley

By Laura Freeman   Michael K. Ryan, MD of Andrews Sports Medicine is a rare orthopedic surgeon. In addition to the anterior approach hip replacements he performs at As.... Read More

An Alternative for Sleep Apnea Sufferers Who Can’t Use CPAP

Oct 16, 2022 at 12:09 pm by kbarrettalley

By Steve Spencer   The American Medical Association estimates that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects up to 30 million people. The condition, in which a person&rsquo.... Read More

Former College Football Player Returns to the Field to Help Younger Generations of Athletes

Sep 14, 2022 at 07:16 am by steve

Michael Patterson, MD has always had a passion for sports. He played four sports in high school but fell in love with football. After being off the field for years now, Patt.... Read More

Brain Health Program Can Help Prevent Dementia

Aug 15, 2022 at 08:51 am by steve

An estimated one in five Americans 65 years or older has mild cognitive impairment, and one in seven has dementia. By 2050, the number of Americans with dementia is expected.... Read More

The Murky Waters of Long COVID

May 13, 2022 at 01:00 pm by steve

The suicide last May of Long COVID sufferer Heidi Ferrer rocked the COVID-19 world, lending a face to the debated diagnosis. A TV writer for Dawson's Creek and Wasteland, Fe.... Read More

Sickle Cell Gene Therapy

Apr 13, 2022 at 10:40 am by steve

For centuries, people with Sickle Cell Disease have suffered the excruciating pain of a crisis. The muscles and organs of their body are starving for oxygen because there are.... Read More

Breast Cancer Survivors May be at Greater Risk for Cardiovascular Problems

Feb 08, 2022 at 08:05 pm by steve

A recent peer-reviewed article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology is confirming suspected links between cancer treatment and cardiovascular risk. Leon Canniz.... Read More

All Epiphyseal Reconstruction for Pediatric ACL Tears

Jan 17, 2022 at 05:34 pm by steve

Kids love to run, jump, climb and dance. They love playing soccer, football, basketball, baseball and hockey. Unfortunately, when they twist or pivot the wrong way, they can t.... Read More

Tivity Health Keep Seniors Engaged and Connected

Dec 14, 2021 at 11:01 am by steve

Aging happens to us all with each passing day, month and year. Aging actively is an entirely different proposition. It's a dedication to the latter that drives Tivity Health.... Read More

November 2022

Nov 18, 2022 at 03:06 pm by steve

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