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Understanding the New National Practitioner Data Bank Reporting Requirements

Since its establishment in 1986, the National Practitioner Data Bank ("NPDB") has served as a nationwide clearinghouse for information about matters relating to the professional competence of physicians and other practitioners.

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340B Program has Uncertain Future
340B Program has Uncertain Future

The government's 340B drug discount program, which was begun in 1992, has been under the scrutiny of the Administration and Congress for the past two years with ill effects for participating hospitals and the potential for more reform on the horizon.

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Alabama Hospitals May See Wage Index Increase this Fall
Alabama Hospitals May See Wage Index Increase this Fall

"I hate to say it, but anything is better than nothing. We're getting slaughtered," says David McCormack, about the potential hospital wage index (area wage index - AWI) increase in Medicare reimbursements.

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What Have You Done for Me Lately?

What have you done for me lately? Now that the tune is stuck in your head, specifically, have you recently conducted a thorough and up to date risk assessment in accordance with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA")?

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Hot Topics in Healthcare Law
Hot Topics in Healthcare Law

Never a dull moment ... the highly regulated nature of the healthcare industry keeps America's health lawyers hopping.

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Integrating AI in Healthcare
Integrating AI in Healthcare

Technology has advanced to a point where AI in healthcare is increasingly common. Now the challenge is utilizing data in a way that is not only predictive but also prescriptive to improve health and outcomes.

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IT Improvements in Cybersecurity and Patient Flow
IT Improvements in Cybersecurity and Patient Flow

The cost for the software and tech systems vary by company.

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IT Incident Response
IT Incident Response

The worst thing healthcare organizations can do when an IT incident occurs is downplay it.

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Taking a Deep Dive
Taking a Deep Dive

MGMA collects and publishes actionable data to help practices stay competitive and grow.

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Three Strategies to Protect Your Bottom Line
Three Strategies to Protect Your Bottom Line

Between new rules for reimbursement and uncertainty about what will happen next in health care legislation, it is a good time for providers to review their plans for maintaining short term financial stability and profitability in the years ahead.

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Optimizing Value-Based Reimbursement
Optimizing Value-Based Reimbursement

Now that we're into the third year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), how are Alabama providers doing in making the changes necessary to succeed in the new environment?

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The Shift from Hospital Based Practices to Retail Locations
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Brookwood Baptist to Spend $12 Million on Cardiac Unit
Brookwood Baptist to Spend $12 Million on Cardiac Unit

"In Alabama, we have what I like to call Alabama Barbecue Disease. We have a lot of folks with calcified, challenging arteries," says Dave A. Cox, MD, interventional cardiologist and director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center.

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Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

Lawmakers in both the United States House and Senate are considering two proposals to address unexpected, patient medical bills from out-of-network providers.

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Important Issues for 2019 Tax Planning

As the tax filing season under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) comes to a close and extensions are being addressed, many tax advisors and financial planners have had the opportunity to address common concerns with their clients over the last six months.

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Lease, Build, Buy, Sell: Finding the Best Fit for Each Medical Practice
Lease, Build, Buy, Sell: Finding the Best Fit for Each Medical Practice

When it comes to medical real estate, there is no one 'right' answer for every practice. Instead, experts say it's important to understand all the options before making a decision that impacts individual physicians, the practice ... and ultimately, patients.

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Are You Paying Too Little in Rent?

Conventional wisdom says that spending less money is the most effective way to save money. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.

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Post-Breach: Preparing for a HIPAA Investigation
Post-Breach: Preparing for a HIPAA Investigation

The Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") is the federal agency that oversees compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and its implementing regulations ("HIPAA").

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CEO Tim Puthoff Joins Brookwood and Tenet Operations
CEO Tim Puthoff Joins Brookwood and Tenet Operations

Tim Puthoff returned to Alabama in January to serve as Chief Executive Officer for Brookwood Baptist Medical Center and Tenet's Alabama and Tennessee Group.

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Multistate Nursing License A New Option for Alabama?
Multistate Nursing License A New Option for Alabama?

Soon Alabama nurses will likely be able to choose one medical license that will allow them to practice in more than 30 states.

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North Alabama Medical Center Grows into its New Home
North Alabama Medical Center Grows into its New Home

As the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918 swept through Alabama's Tri-Cities, young Eliza Coffee was one of the many who were lost. The area's hospital was named in her memory.

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Clinical Labs Beware: Review Your Marketing Arrangements

On October 24, 2018, Congress enacted the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA). EKRA is part of the "Support for Patients and Communities Act," comprehensive legislation designed to address the opioid crisis.

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Alabama Health Plan Updates Underway
Alabama Health Plan Updates Underway

Managing change is not a simple task. In addition to the pace of advances in health care, there is the continually shifting uncertainty of what will happen next in coverage.

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Strategic Planning--Now More than Ever

Healthcare practices focus on providing quality care to the patients they serve, utilizing the resources, techniques and expertise available.

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Considerations Upon Joining a Physician Practice
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