Alabama Faces High Maternal Mortality Rate

In addition to having one of the highest rates of death in the nation from complications with pregnancy or childbirth, Alabama has a serious problem with mothers who die within the first year after giving birth.

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.

Business

Reimbursement Focus: Integrated Merchant Services for Medical Practices

Reimbursement Focus: Integrated Merchant Services for Medical Practices

Beware of the enticement to switch merchant services to a financial institution with lower fees on credit card transactions.

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Reimbursement focus: The Positives of Outsourced Revenue Cycle Management

Reimbursement focus: The Positives of Outsourced Revenue Cycle Management

"No one is going to care about collecting your money as much as you will, so normally I'm not a proponent of outsourcing," says Tammie Lunceford, CMPE, CPC

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Reimbursement focus: HFMA Offers Best Practices for Fair Debt Resolution

Reimbursement focus: HFMA Offers Best Practices for Fair Debt Resolution

Communication is key when it comes to addressing a patient's financial responsibility for medical bills.

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IT Focus: Cybersecurity Insurance

IT Focus: Cybersecurity Insurance

"I sell more cyber insurance than malpractice at this point," says Kay Brasfield with Mag Mutual, a medical liability provider.

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IT Focus: Cybersecurity for Remote Workstations

IT Focus: Cybersecurity for Remote Workstations

The number of ransomware attacks worldwide has climbed 20 percent in the last two months, and 93 percent in the past year, according to a June release from Check Point Research.

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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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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

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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Alabama Faces High Maternal Mortality Rate

Alabama Faces High Maternal Mortality Rate

In addition to having one of the highest rates of death in the nation from complications with pregnancy or childbirth, Alabama has a serious problem with mothers who die within the first year after giving birth.

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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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Regulatory/Compliance

Medical Marijuana in Alabama - What You Need to Know

Medical Marijuana in Alabama - What You Need to Know

On May 17, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Darren Wesley 'Ato' Hall Compassion Act (the "Medical Marijuana Law")

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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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Clinical

David Geldmacher, MD  Answers Questions on New Alzheimer's Drug

David Geldmacher, MD Answers Questions on New Alzheimer's Drug

On June 7th, the FDA approved Biogen's Aduhelm (aducanumab)

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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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Grand Rounds

UAB's School of Public Health Sees Record Enrollment During Pandemic

UAB's School of Public Health Sees Record Enrollment During Pandemic

"It is no surprise that a worldwide pandemic created interest in the field of public health,"

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New EAMC-Lanier Ambulatory Surgery Center Receives AAAHC Accreditation

New EAMC-Lanier Ambulatory Surgery Center Receives AAAHC Accreditation

EAMC-Lanier Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), which opened in late April, has received accreditation from the American Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), which means EAMC-Lanier ASC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC.

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UAB and ADPH Launch Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control

UAB and ADPH Launch Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control

The Alabama Department of Public Health has awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham nearly $2 million to support the establishment of the Alabama Regional Center for Infection Prevention and Control (ARC IPC).

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Caroline Studdard, MD Joins Cullman Regional Medical Group

Caroline Studdard, MD Joins Cullman Regional Medical Group

Internal Medicine Physician Caroline Studdard, MD has joined the Cullman Regional Medical Group.

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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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