What's Missing in Emergency Disaster Plans

Emergencies don't always come from disasters or cyberattacks. "One company I knew had clinics in strip malls," says Jeff Dance, MBA, executive director of Kassouf Healthcare Solutions that manages 16 healthcare locations.

Rewriting The Future of Cystic Fibrosis

UAB Researched Drugs That Changed CF Outlook

Business

Retirement Plan Issues  When a Doctor Leaves the Practice

Retirement Plan Issues When a Doctor Leaves the Practice

It is always important for medical practices to be aware of the issues that need to be considered with the retirement plan when a physician leaves the group.

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PRF Reporting and Avoiding Audits

PRF Reporting and Avoiding Audits

The first Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting deadline of September 30 has come and gone.

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Tuscaloosa Changes Hospitalist Care

Tuscaloosa Changes Hospitalist Care

Starting November 1, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa will change their hospitalist care to coincide with their sister hospital Northport Medical Center, whose changeover began October 1. Both facilities will now be served by Capstone Health Services Foundation and IN Compass Health.

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What's Missing in  Emergency Disaster Plans

What's Missing in Emergency Disaster Plans

Emergencies don't always come from disasters or cyberattacks. "One company I knew had clinics in strip malls," says Jeff Dance, MBA, executive director of Kassouf Healthcare Solutions that manages 16 healthcare locations.

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(left to right) Bariatric dietitian Molly Neill, RD, RDN, MS with program director Aimee Rothe, BSN, RN
(left to right) Bariatric dietitian Molly Neill, RD, RDN, MS with program director Aimee Rothe, BSN, RN

St. Vincent's Bariatric Surgery Center Helps Patients Achieve a Healthier Life

Which procedure is lower risk--gallbladder surgery or a gastric sleeve? "Even physicians are often surprised when I tell them a bariatric sleeve procedure is lower risk the way we do it today," Ascension St. Vincent's surgeon Katie Novitski, MD said

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New Technologies Bring National Standard Spine Care to Birmingham

New Technologies Bring National Standard Spine Care to Birmingham

A procedure for relief of severe back and leg pain is improving outcomes for patients.

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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

UAB Lays Groundwork for NIH Genomic Risk Assessment Project

UAB Lays Groundwork for NIH Genomic Risk Assessment Project

A year ago, UAB was selected as one of the top national research centers invited to join an NIH consortium in a five-year program to create a tool that will help physicians quickly assess and better manage their patients' genomic risk for developing common diseases.

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Evidence on Shinrin-yoku and the Therapeutic Benefits of Nature

Evidence on Shinrin-yoku and the Therapeutic Benefits of Nature

Imagine a gently winding forest path stretching out before you, in sight of a place that feels friendly and familiar. Subtle sounds provide the soundtrack as you take slow, steady steps through the path's vibrant color, light and shadow, followed by a deep inhale.

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Weightlifting Could Improve Cognition

Weightlifting Could Improve Cognition

Resistance exercise, such as weightlifting, benefits cognitive abilities like attention, reasoning and memory, according to a new study from UAB.

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COVID Trauma Could  Result in PTSD for Nurses

COVID Trauma Could Result in PTSD for Nurses

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating, and after the daily stress and trauma of caring for critically ill COVID patients, nurses and healthcare providers need to be aware of that this may affect them.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Stark law Changes May Require Groups to Change How they Pay Physicians

Stark law Changes May Require Groups to Change How they Pay Physicians

Physician groups should check their income distribution plans to make sure they comply with new Stark changes that will go into effect January 1, 2022.

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J-1 Waivers and the Employment of  Foreign Physicians in Alabama

J-1 Waivers and the Employment of Foreign Physicians in Alabama

Health care providers across the United States continue to face an acute shortage of physicians particularly in Medically Unserved Areas ("MUAs") and Health Professional Shortage Areas ("HPSAs"), which areas are determined by the United Stated Public Health Service and which include certain areas in and around Alabama.

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CMS Proposes  Reversing Trump Administration  Decision

CMS Proposes Reversing Trump Administration Decision

In yet another reversal by the Biden Administration of a Trump-era policy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule reversing the Trump Administration's decision to eliminate the inpatient-only service list (IPO List) over a three-year period.

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Bipartisan Legislation to Support ACOs and Fix Rural Glitch

Bipartisan Legislation to Support ACOs and Fix Rural Glitch

In July, major healthcare organizations signed a letter of support for the recent reintroduction of a bipartisan bill to support accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other alternative payment models (APMs), while also addressing an unintended consequence of the ACO formulary, known as the 'rural glitch,' that punishes rural hospitals even when they achieve savings.

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Clinical

Total Wrist System Reduces Pain, Restores Function

Total Wrist System Reduces Pain, Restores Function

A new minimally invasive treatment for wrist replacement offers pain relief and the restoration of function.

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Rewriting The Future of Cystic Fibrosis

Rewriting The Future of Cystic Fibrosis

UAB Researched Drugs That Changed CF Outlook

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Back to School with COVID

Back to School with COVID

As summer break began, it seemed like the worst of the pandemic was behind us.

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Pediatric Kidney Stone Prevention Clinic

Pediatric Kidney Stone Prevention Clinic

Kidney stones are on the rise in children, especially ages 12 to 18.

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What Physicians are Seeing in Children's of Alabama Emergency Department

What Physicians are Seeing in Children's of Alabama Emergency Department

When asked what conditions she encounters most, Alicia Webb, MD, a Pediatric Emergency Physician at Children's of Alabama, says "we are still seeing too many serious injuries from children riding ATVs.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's

"It's hard to do the elevator pitch for this specialty," says Drew Davis, MD, one of the three physicians in Children's Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM). "We're the function people," adds Cynthia Wozow, DO, another member of the PRM team.

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Tracking Instances and Impact of  COVID-19 Among Pediatric Cancer Patients

Tracking Instances and Impact of COVID-19 Among Pediatric Cancer Patients

A pediatric oncologist colleague of ours from Cornell Medical Center in New York posted a question to Facebook on March 23, 2020: How would the new COVID-19 pandemic impact the pediatric cancer population?

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Grand Rounds

Opioid Prescriptions Down 38 Percent in Alabama Since 2011

Opioid Prescriptions Down 38 Percent in Alabama Since 2011

A new national report shows actions by Alabama physicians are advancing the fight against the opioid crisis. Since 2011, Alabama physicians have reduced the number of opioid prescriptions in the state by 38 percent, the American Medical Association reported today.

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Clark Joins Neurosurgical Associates

Clark Joins Neurosurgical Associates

Paul Clark, MD has joined Neurosurgical Associates.

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Hyde Joins OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports

Hyde Joins OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports

Zane Hyde, MD has joined OrthoAlabama Spine & Sports. Hyde, who is a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, specializes in ankle, hip, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy as well as ACL reconstruction, partial and total knee replacement, shoulder replacement, and ultrasound-guided injections.

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$100 Million Gift Will Transform UAB School of Medicine

$100 Million Gift Will Transform UAB School of Medicine

Dr. Marnix and Mary Heersink have donated $95 million to the UAB School of Medicine. When combined with a $5 million from Triton Health Systems, the total support to the school is $100 million.

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Oliver Speaks to Birmingham MGMA About Glenwood

Oliver Speaks to Birmingham MGMA About Glenwood

In September, Ken Oliver with Glenwood spoke to a meeting of the Birmingham MGMA about Glenwood's mission to provide treatment, education, and research in the area of children's mental health.

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BBH Names New CEO

BBH Names New CEO

Brookwood Baptist Health and Brookwood Baptist Medical Center has named Jeremy Clark as chief executive officer.

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CU²RE Program Awarded $5.2 million

The Department of Family and Community Medicine's Comprehensive Urban Underserved and Rural Experience program (CU²RE) at UAB has received a supplemental award from the Health Resources and Services Administration for $5.2 million.

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$20M Awarded for Research in Preventing Hypertension

$20M Awarded for Research in Preventing Hypertension

The American Heart Association, has awarded $20 million in grants to five research teams, including researchers at the UAB Schools of Medicine and Public Health, to find new solutions for preventing high blood pressure.

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Southern Research Lab Wins $3.9 Million Grants

A Southern Research neuroscience lab has received new federal grants totaling almost $3.9 million to advance its study of Parkinson's Disease and other neurological diseases.

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Alabama State Nurses Association Statement on Nurse Staffing Crisis

Through membership surveys, the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) members report that our healthcare system's staffing challenges are perilously high.

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Bariatric Surgeon Joins Cullman Regional Medical Group

Bariatric Surgeon Joins Cullman Regional Medical Group

Venkat Kanthimathinathan, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Group.

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Karl Schroeder, MD Joins Norwood

Karl Schroeder, MD Joins Norwood

Pulmonologist Karl Schroeder, MD has joined the Norwood Clinic.

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