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Hospital Price Transparency Rule
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Co-management Agreements
Co-management Agreements

The absorption of physician practices by hospitals and health systems has soared the past decade. According to the Physicians Advocacy Institute, hospital acquisition of practices has increased 128 percent since 2012, jumping from 35,700 to 80,000 practices over five years.

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Retroactive DIR Fees Threaten Pharmacy Survival
Retroactive DIR Fees Threaten Pharmacy Survival

Page Dunlop enjoyed owning Fowler Pharmacy in Hartselle. Her customers were her neighbors. They trusted her, and they knew that she was happy to take the time to answer any questions they might have.

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AI's Future Potential Hinges on Consensus: NAM Report

The role of artificial intelligence, or machine learning, will be pivotal as the healthcare industry wrestles with a gargantuan amount of data that could improve - or muddle - health and cost priorities, according to a National Academy of Medicine Special Publication on the use of AI in healthcare.

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AMA Issues Checklist for the Transition to E/M Office Visit Changes

The American Medical Association is helping physician practices integrate fundamental changes to the coding and documentation of evaluation and management (E/M) office visit services that account for nearly $23 billion in Medicare spending.

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UAB Academy Aims to Reinvigorate Educational Curriculum through Mentorship
UAB Academy Aims to Reinvigorate Educational Curriculum through Mentorship

In September, the UAB School of Medicine opened the UAB Healthcare Educators Academy.

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RiskView Can Improve Patient Care and Reduce Liability
RiskView Can Improve Patient Care and Reduce Liability

A new technology developed SVMIC, a medical malpractice insurance company in Tennessee, addresses the growing need for accessible options for navigating office-based care and the administrative responsibilities associated with running a medical practice.

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Federal Court Upholds Protection for Patient Safety Work Product by the PSQIA

A recent ruling in Rumsey v. Guthrie Med. provides positive support for those providing candid analysis of patient safety events without fear of discovery and all with the intent to improve patient safety and quality of healthcare.

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Healthcare Trends: Compensation Continues to Rise
Healthcare Trends: Compensation Continues to Rise

An aging population, sicker patients, move to new models of care, need for new technologies to increase efficiency and a shortage of skilled staff have helped drive provider and executive salaries up over the last few years.

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CMS and OIG Issue Proposed Changes to the Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute And Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty Law

On October 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) issued proposed changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Beneficiary Inducement Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) law.

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The Oncology Care Model Value Proposition
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EAMC Opens Spencer Cancer Center
EAMC Opens Spencer Cancer Center

When East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) in Opelika knew their cancer center was outgrowing its space, they turned to an architect who had worked with them for over 17 years to help design a state of the art facility with an emphasis on the best medical technology and healing arts.

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Overcoming Barriers to Better, Less Expensive Cancer Care
Overcoming Barriers to Better, Less Expensive Cancer Care
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Final Rule Updates CMS PACE Program
Final Rule Updates CMS PACE Program

CMS recently updated regulations for Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to strengthen protections for participants and allow more operational flexibility for providers.

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CMS Is Adding to Its Enforcement Toolbox

A well-equipped toolbox can be an asset when it comes to demolishing an outdated room in your home in order to allow for a better, newly-improved room to take shape.

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Compact License Legislation Opens Alabama to Nurses from Other States
Compact License Legislation Opens Alabama to Nurses from Other States

With a stated mission to promote excellence in nursing, the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA), seeks to affect policy and promote legislation that will benefit nurses.

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Alabama Healthcare Fraud Summit
Alabama Healthcare Fraud Summit

In September, the FBI, US Attorney's Office, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, and several local law firms participated in a full day educational summit focused on healthcare fraud.

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Considerable Surprises May Lurk in "No Surprises" Legislation

The term "surprise billing" is used to describe the situation when a patient receives a bill for the difference between the out-of-network provider's fee and the amount covered by the patient's health insurance, after co-pays and deductible.

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Shelby Baptist Celebrates 60 Years with New Facilities and Enhanced Services
Shelby Baptist Celebrates 60 Years with New Facilities and Enhanced Services

Cities in Shelby County are among the fastest growing in Alabama. In conjunction with the expanding population, Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster has undergone upgrades and renovations within the hospital as part of a $10 million capital project which was completed in September in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the hospital.

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Private Equity in Medical Practices
Private Equity in Medical Practices

In the eighteen months leading up to January 2018, hospitals bought 8,000 medical practices, reports Avalere Health and the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI).

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Hiring a Practice Administration Consultant
Hiring a Practice Administration Consultant

Practice administrators hesitate to seek the help of healthcare consultants out of fear more than a lack of usefulness.

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The Amazon-ification of Healthcare

Yesterday, I received a text from my eye doctor informing me that I have not scheduled my yearly exam and need to make an appointment.

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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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