Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba

"We don't consider those who come here for rehabilitation as residents or patients, they're guests and we call them guests," says Landie Acker-Langley, admissions coordinator at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba R...

Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange

Insurers have jumped ship on the health insurance marketplace in Alabama. Started in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the exchange has offered options by insurance carriers to all individuals and small businesses wit...

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Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange

Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange

Insurers have jumped ship on the health insurance marketplace in Alabama. Started in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the exchange has offered options by insurance carriers to all individuals and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

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2016 Health Care Year in Review

2016 Health Care Year in Review

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes - a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for-service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the health care system; provider consolidation; Alabama Medicaid's ongoing struggle to cover the cost of health care for our most needy citizens; and increased regulations for the health care industry.

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade

Long before the concept of 'patient engagement' became a rallying cry for the healthcare industry, Healthgrades was at work connecting the public to relevant information on providers and facilities in an effort to help patients make more informed decisions about care.

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Where did all the "S" Corporations come from?

You just formed your medical practice in Alabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a "PC") or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you get to choose between an "S" corporation ("S corp") or a "C" corporation ("C corp") for federal and state tax purposes, both named after the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") Subchapter that governs their taxation.

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Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

HIPAA and the fees for reproducing an individual's medical records may seem like old news but as recently as May 23rd, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added clarification on this very topic.

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Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama's (MASA) health insurance for members will rise 15 percent next year. "We didn't like 15 percent," says Mark Jackson, executive director. "But don't get me wrong, we felt fortunate that we were able to keep it at 15 percent."

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Feature Profiles

Pediatric Residents Bounce Back to Longtime Love of Music

Pediatric Residents Bounce Back to Longtime Love of Music

In the field of medicine, a Bounce Back, a patient discharged from the hospital and readmitted soon after, is to be avoided. On the local music scene, it's just the opposite as a trio of residents defies the stereotype of perpetually exhausted young doctors.

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Reseach

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Physicians at UAB and colleagues have discovered that administering the antibiotic azithromycin alongside the standard recommended antibiotic regimen, cefazolin, reduces infection rates by 50 percent for women who have a non-elective cesarean delivery.

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UAB Team Identify Protein that plays Key Role in Brain Cancer Stem Cell Growth

UAB Team Identify Protein that plays Key Role in Brain Cancer Stem Cell Growth

A team of physicians and scientists at UAB discovered that a kinase protein, mixed lineage kinase 4, also known as MLK4, plays a crucial role in survival of patient-derived brain cancer stem cells in pre-clinical animal models. The findings suggest that MLK4 could potentially be a useful target for cancer treatment.

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Researchers Develop a Test for Early Stage Ovarian Cancer

With funding providing by the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Institute, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a method to detect ovarian cancer that is highly accurate in patients with Stage 1 disease.

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UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

"The challenge of this is not only building the center, but attracting users across the national community and for them to become aware of what we have to offer," says Marcas Bamman, PhD, director of the new REACT Center and MR3 Network Coordinating Center at UAB.

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Clinical

Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba

Luxury Rehab Facility Opens in Cahaba

"We don't consider those who come here for rehabilitation as residents or patients, they're guests and we call them guests," says Landie Acker-Langley, admissions coordinator at the Aspire Physical Recovery Center at Cahaba River, a new short-term rehabilitation facility in Vestavia Hills.

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Stroke Risk Prevention Should Continue Through Senior Years

Stroke Risk Prevention Should Continue Through Senior Years

Anyone can have a stroke--thousands of people in the U.S. die or suffer a disabling brain injury from stroke every year. The odds of whether you will be one of them increase dramatically if you have hypertension, diabetes or smoke.

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Preventing Hospital-Induced Delirium

Preventing Hospital-Induced Delirium

Have you ever dreamed of walking in a fog, unsure of where you are and what those strange sights and sounds at the edge of your awareness might be? It's frightening. It's also similar to what some patients--especially those who are elderly or very ill--may experience when they are hospitalized.

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Children's Dr. Robert Russell Creates Appendicitis Algorithm

Children's Dr. Robert Russell Creates Appendicitis Algorithm

When a parent brings a child into the ER with a fever and stomachache, one possible diagnosis is appendicitis. Given the possible need for emergency surgery, it is important to quickly get an accurate diagnosis.

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Reinventing Med Ed by Adding a Third Pillar

Reinventing Med Ed by Adding a Third Pillar

Last month, leadership of the American Medical Association, in conjunction with representatives from medical schools in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, unveiled the latest innovation in the quest to improve physician training to meet the demands of practicing medicine in the 21st century.

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Regulatory/Compliance

OIG Authorizes Per-Dispense Fee for Vaccination Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

OIG Authorizes Per-Dispense Fee for Vaccination Refrigeration Systems in Physician Offices

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector (OIG ) recently issued an advisory opinion that determined that a vaccine storage and dispensing system with a per-dispense fee did not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute.

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Significant Stark Physician Compensation Settlements Continue in the South

Significant Stark Physician Compensation Settlements Continue in the South

Unfortunately for most healthcare providers, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health & Human Services (OIG) continues to demand and receive large settlements under the Physician Self-Referral Law found at 42 US Code Section 1395nnn (Stark Act).

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Grand Rounds

St. Vincent's East Installs TrueBeam

St. Vincent's East Installs TrueBeam

The St. Vincent's East Cancer Treatment recently installed the new Varian TrueBeamTM Radiotherapy System, which is the latest cancer-fighting technology available.

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Medical Students Receive Scholarship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has selected nine medical students to receive a Blue Cross-funded scholarship to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, Alabama.

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Cullman Regional among Highest Performing in Heart Failure

Cullman Regional has been recognized as a High-Performing Hospital in Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report.

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Trussville Rehab Center Holds Grand Opening

After the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered Golden Living to close their Trussville location at the end of 2015, ProHealth Group assumed control of the facility and renamed it Trussville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicare Advantage Plan Receives Four-Star Rating

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama's Blue Advantage PPO Plan, a Medicare Advantage Plan, is still the only statewide plan in Alabama to receive a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the second consecutive year Blue Cross has received this recognition.

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Doug Brewer Named Citizens Baptist Medical CEO

Doug Brewer Named Citizens Baptist Medical CEO

Citizens Baptist Medical Center has appointed Doug Brewer as the new chief executive officer (CEO).

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Urological Surgeon Joins Children's

Urological Surgeon Joins Children's

Pankaj Dangle, MD has joined Children's of Alabama as a pediatric urologist and has recently performed the first robotic pediatric urologic surgery in the state.

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MASA Joins AMA for Opioid Education and Resource Toolbox

The Medical Association of Alabama and the American Medical Association partnered in the development and release of a toolbox of data, education and other resources to aid physicians in their fight against Alabama's epidemic of prescription drug misuse. This toolbox is part of the MASA's continuing efforts to reverse this epidemic.

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