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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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St. Vincent's Bariatric Surgery Center Helps Patients Achieve a Healthier Life
(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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CVA & BBH Help Organize International Conference with Effective Online Format
CVA & BBH Help Organize International Conference with Effective Online Format

Viewership Increased Across the World as Word Spread

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Training Against Cyber-Attacks
Training Against Cyber-Attacks

The COVID-19 pandemic over the past 18 months has impacted almost every area of our pre-COVID, "normal'' lives---working from home, a demand on toilet paper, and a decline in the workforce, just to name a few. Almost no industry has been spared when it comes to the impact of the pandemic.

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Professional Liability Factors That Affect Your Malpractice Insurance Rates
Professional Liability Factors That Affect Your Malpractice Insurance Rates

When physicians are looking into a malpractice insurance policy to purchase, there are several factors to consider that are as important as price.

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Christ Health Center Services People in Need
Christ Health Center Services People in Need

Some people spend decades searching for their purpose in life. For Robert Record, MD, that sense of purpose came at the age of 17, walking across the farm fields of Louisiana.

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We Will Always Need Nurses
We Will Always Need Nurses

Healthcare facilities exist to deliver care, but without an adequate supply of healthcare professionals, the system cannot function. Currently, the United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage, and Alabama has been affected.

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2021 Med-Mal Market:
2021 Med-Mal Market: "Crisis" or "Realities"

If you are a physician, administrator, or hospital executive, and if you have been paying attention to the current state of Medical Professional Liability (MPL), commonly referred to as Medical Malpractice or Med-Mal, then you are aware that the Med-Mal world has entered a challenging time.

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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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Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Continues Through the Pandemic
Fraud and Abuse Enforcement Continues Through the Pandemic

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting challenges facing health care providers, compliance with fraud and abuse laws has not been waived.

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CMS Expands List of Approved Ambulatory Surgery Procedures
CMS Expands List of Approved Ambulatory Surgery Procedures

While the healthcare environment has undergone dynamic change over the last 50 years, the demand for more affordable, accessible and higher-quality patient care services has remained constant.

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Cullman Regional Opens Alabama's First Health Park
Cullman Regional Opens Alabama's First Health Park

The first phase of a new health park will open this month in Hartselle. An outreach of Cullman Regional Medical Center, the park will be the first of its kind in Alabama.

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EAMC Opens New $33.7 Million Facility at Auburn
EAMC Opens New $33.7 Million Facility at Auburn

The Auburn Research Park covers more than 170 acres of lakes, meadows, forested areas and a wetland preserve adjacent to the Auburn University campus.

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Five Information Blocking Takeaways
Five Information Blocking Takeaways

On April 5th, the final information blocking rules issued by the Office of National Coordinator ("ONC") took effect, leaving providers with numerous questions regarding what information has to be released, to whom, and how quickly.

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Kenneth Sigman, MD  Performs Alabama's First ERCP With Single-Use Duodenoscope
Kenneth Sigman, MD Performs Alabama's First ERCP With Single-Use Duodenoscope

The invention of the flexible fiberoptic endoscope by Basil Hirschowitz, MD, who founded UAB's Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was one of the great leaps forward in modern medicine.

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