AMA Issues New Privacy Principles

From a fitness tracker to healthy eating app, data is everywhere ... but it isn't all protected by HIPAA. The AMA has created a set of privacy principles that put patients in charge of their information.

Updating IT Policies for Work-from-Home Users

About half of American workers have been forced to work from home by Covid-19, and it appears the shift may become the new norm. In April, nearly one in five CFOs surveyed by the Brookings Institution planned to keep at least...

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Updating IT Policies for Work-from-Home Users

Updating IT Policies for Work-from-Home Users

About half of American workers have been forced to work from home by Covid-19, and it appears the shift may become the new norm. In April, nearly one in five CFOs surveyed by the Brookings Institution planned to keep at least 20 percent of their workforce working remotely.

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AMA Issues New Privacy Principles

AMA Issues New Privacy Principles

From a fitness tracker to healthy eating app, data is everywhere ... but it isn't all protected by HIPAA. The AMA has created a set of privacy principles that put patients in charge of their information.

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How Practices Manage Business through the Pan-demic

How Practices Manage Business through the Pan-demic

Don't underestimate the value of 2020 hindsight. Looking back and evaluating how your practice or health services business fared in the first half of a difficult year could help you better prepare for whatever lies ahead.

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Keeping Current with Covid-19 Support

Keeping Current with Covid-19 Support

With the damage the coronavirus shut-down has done to businesses, including health care practices, the government has stepped in to create an economic lifeline. However, with the uncertainty of the rapidly changing situation, it is important to stay up to date on the available resources and requirements.

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New Payroll Protection Program Guidance Relaxes Requirements for Loan Forgiveness

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More Flexible Telemedicine Guidelines Boost Cash Flow during Covid-19

More Flexible Telemedicine Guidelines Boost Cash Flow during Covid-19

As bad as the COVID 19 pandemic has been, it has led to some positive changes, including expanded insurance coverage for patient care by telemedicine.

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Feature Profiles

Diversion from Life's Path Leads Physicians on a New Journey

Diversion from Life's Path Leads Physicians on a New Journey

UAB emergency room physician Julian Maha, MD and his wife, UAB Pediatric Critical Care physician Michele Kong, MD were living their dream as successful physicians starting a family with endless opportunities ahead on the path of life.

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Reseach

Broken Heart Syndrome

We use the term 'broken heart' to describe someone suffering emotional distress, but not experiencing an actual medical condition. In cardiovascular medicine, however, this phrase is no longer strictly symbolic. Medical professionals now understand that there is a direct link between severe emotional and a serious cardiac condition.

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All of Us Looks to Improve Care for Each of Us

All of Us Looks to Improve Care for Each of Us

The innovative All of Us initiative from the NIH provides researchers with a rich source of data to speed discoveries in both precision medicine and population health.

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Meal Timing Strategies Appear to Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Meal Timing Strategies Appear to Lower Appetite, Improve Fat Burning

Researchers at UAB have discovered that meal timing strategies -- like intermittent fasting or eating earlier in the daytime -- appear to help people lose weight.

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New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

New Trial of Long-Acting HIV Medication

A new clinical trial led by the National Institutes of Health will evaluate the effectiveness of a long-acting antiretroviral therapy, or ART, combined with conditional economic incentives for patients living with HIV who have had a history of non-adherence to daily oral medication and treatment.

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Regulatory/Compliance

HHS Moves Forward with Prescription Drug Import Plan

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule that would allow states to pursue pilot programs to import drugs from Canada and a draft guidance that would allow drugmakers to import their own products and sell them under different drug codes.

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Proposed Stark Law Changes May Impact Physician Compensation Models

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") proposed sweeping changes to the federal Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly referred to as the Stark Law.

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Discussions among Physician Groups - Avoiding Antitrust Issues

Driven by Federal Health Care Reform and a desire to remain independent of hospitals and health care systems, physician groups are actively exploring different collaborative and alignment options, including the formation of independent practice associations (IPAs), integrated care networks (ICNs), and participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Conscience Protections

On May 21, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final regulations referred to as the Federal conscience and anti-discrimination laws.

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Clinical

AARDA: Addressing Autoimmune Disorders through Awareness, Advocacy & Action

AARDA: Addressing Autoimmune Disorders through Awareness, Advocacy & Action

Autoimmune disease impacts 50 million Americans. AARDA is using a collective voice to raise awareness, advocate for patients and researchers and take action to ensure access to care.

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UAB Inflammation Study Investigates Links to Food and Lifestyle

UAB Inflammation Study Investigates Links to Food and Lifestyle

Inflammation is the body's first line of defense for a scratch or a scrape. But when that defense mistakes the body for the enemy, it can launch devastating attacks against tissue, causing damage that can be a factor in conditions like arthritis and diabetes, as well as potentially deadly diseases like cancer and heart disease.

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Many Patients Mistakenly Believe They Have Penicillin Allergy

Many Patients Mistakenly Believe They Have Penicillin Allergy

Around 10 percent of Americans believe they have an allergy to penicillin which is unfortunate because penicillin and its related β-Lactam antibiotics are among the safest and most effective antibiotics available.

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Endocrine Society Celebrates Progress from Bench to Bedside

Endocrine Society Celebrates Progress from Bench to Bedside

Endocrine Society Chief Professional & Clinical Affairs Officer Robert Lash, MD, discusses the field, annual meeting, road shows and more.

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340B Program has Uncertain Future

340B Program has Uncertain Future

NeuroSigma recently received FDA clearance for the first device to treat pediatric ADHD, offering providers, patients and parents a new alternative to medication.

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Genetic Aspects of Pregnancy

Genetic Aspects of Pregnancy

Merry Lynn Mann, MD, who practices reproductive medicine at ART Fertility Program, is uniquely credentialed with a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility combined with board certification in genetics.

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New Study Looks at Cost Impact of OTC Birth Control

New Study Looks at Cost Impact of OTC Birth Control

A new study explores the impact on unintended pregnancies, consistent use of progestin-only OTC birth control pills at various price points.

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Grand Rounds

Princeton Baptist Medical Center Recognized with National Award

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) announced the 2020 winners of the MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle.

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UAB, Jefferson County & NHS Form COVID Unit at Aspire

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Jefferson County Commission, in conjunction with NHS Management, will establish a special 25-bed unit to treat patients from nursing home facilities who have COVID-19.

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Encompass Chief Medical Officer Charbonneau named to 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

Encompass Chief Medical Officer Charbonneau named to 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

Elissa Charbonneau, DO, MS, who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Encompass Health, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year's 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives.

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Abercrombie Named CFO at Shelby Baptist

Abercrombie Named CFO at Shelby Baptist

Zach Abercrombie has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Shelby Baptist Medical Center with additional responsibility for Citizens Baptist Medical Center.

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Lanning Kline, MD Named Chair of American Board of Ophthalmology

Lanning Kline, MD Named Chair of American Board of Ophthalmology

The American Board of Ophthalmology has appointed Lanning Kline, MD as chair for 2020.

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Executives Join Inspirien

Executives Join Inspirien

Inspirien, a family of companies that includes management of a leading medical malpractice insurer and one of the strongest workers' compensation funds in Alabama, has added two executives to its new operation's leadership team.

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Walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic Opening in Hoover

The first OS1 Sports Injury Clinic is opening in Hoover on June 15 in The Village at Brock's Gap retail development.

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Adam Carroll, MD Joins Grandview

Adam Carroll, MD Joins Grandview

Adam Carroll, MD, who is board certified in family medicine, has joined the Grandview Medical Group Primary Care practice at Lee Branch.

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Andrews Sports Medicine Relocates Gardendale Clinic to Larger Location

Andrews Sports Medicine Relocates Gardendale Clinic to Larger Location

As of June 1, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center has relocated their Gardendale clinic to 323 Fieldstown Road.

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Assurance Scientific Laboratories Authorized to Test COVID-19 At-home Specimens

Assurance Scientific Laboratories has been approved by the FDA as one of two laboratories to test specimens from Everlywell COVID-19 at-home test collection kits.

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Honeycutt Named CEO of Innovation Depot

Honeycutt Named CEO of Innovation Depot

Drew Honeycutt, who has started and built multiple businesses in industries including software, real estate, and construction, is the new chief executive officer for Innovation Depot.

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Encompass Health to Award Frontline Employees

Encompass Health Corp will award frontline employees in its 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations and 83 hospice locations with additional paid time off in recognition of their outstanding efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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