New 3D Surgical Microscope at Princeton Baptist

The next breakthrough in surgical imaging has arrived in Birmingham at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

Where Alabama Fares in America's Health Rankings for Women and Children

For three decades, United Health Foundation has worked to quantify areas of challenge and opportunity for states in addressing health outcomes through America's Health RankingsĀ®.

Business

Interaction of HIPAA and Employer Vaccine Mandates

As we approach various deadlines for COVID-19 vaccine mandates, both in the private and the public sector, there appears to be confusion over when vaccine information may be shared with employers and what obligations employers have, if any, under The Health Information Portability and Accounting Act ("HIPAA") to protect such information once obtained.

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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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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

Can Personalized Screening with Genetic Testing Improve Mammogram Efficacy?

Can Personalized Screening with Genetic Testing Improve Mammogram Efficacy?

For decades, a routine annual mammogram has been the gold standard in breast cancer screening.

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Working to Achieve Diversity in Clinical Research

The human body is an amazing organism, and in the millions of years since we became distinct from our nearest mammalian ancestors, we've adapted in many different directions.

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Cancer Screening Delays During the Pandemic Cause Concern for Oncologists

Cancer Screening Delays During the Pandemic Cause Concern for Oncologists

During the early days and the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals across the country were limiting elective procedures and tests that fell in the category of cancer screenings, and patients themselves were cancelling primary care appointments out of fear of COVID.

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Why Are African American Men Less Likely to Get a Prostate Screening?

Why Are African American Men Less Likely to Get a Prostate Screening?

And What Can be Done to Change This?

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Regulatory/Compliance

Dispute Resolution Provisions of the No Surprises Act Outlined by Agencies

In October, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, the "Departments") and the Office of Personnel Management jointly released rules that implement the dispute resolution provisions of the No Surprises Act (the "Act").

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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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Clinical

New 3D Surgical Microscope at Princeton Baptist

New 3D Surgical Microscope at Princeton Baptist

The next breakthrough in surgical imaging has arrived in Birmingham at Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

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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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Grand Rounds

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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Clark Joins Neurosurgical Associates

Clark Joins Neurosurgical Associates

Paul Clark, MD has joined Neurosurgical Associates.

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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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Christensen Named Director of Emergency Medicine at Cullman Regional

Christensen Named Director of Emergency Medicine at Cullman Regional

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UAB Physician Assistant Program Receives $1.4 Million Grant

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Welden Joins Gastro Health

Welden Joins Gastro Health

Charles Welden IV, MD, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, has joined Gastro Health and is practicing in the St. Vincent's East and Pell City care centers.

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Bradford Health Services Acquires Cornerstone of Recovery

Birmingham-based Bradford Health Services, the southeast's largest provider of addiction treatment programs, has acquired Cornerstone of Recovery, a Tennessee-based substance use disorder treatment provider.

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Evers Named Executive Director of EyeSight Foundation of Alabama

Evers Named Executive Director of EyeSight Foundation of Alabama

Barbara Evers is now serving as the new executive director of the EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (EFA) where she succeeds Torrey DeKeyser, who has retired after holding the post for 22 years.

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UAB to Study Device That Monitors Traumatic Brain Injury

UAB to Study Device That Monitors Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will investigate the usefulness of a new non-invasive method to measure the expansion of hematomas in the brain.

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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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