Researching Therapeutics to Prevent Alzheimer's

Today, 89,000 people in Alabama suffer the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to triple by 2050 unless medical science can find an effective way to stop it.

AL MGMA Conference Focuses on Healthcare in Flux

In March, the Alabama Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) held their winter conference at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

Business

What was in the GOP Bill and Why Did it Fail?

What was in the GOP Bill and Why Did it Fail?

After House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill, there are questions as to whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will ever be repealed or reformed.

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Literary Examiner

Literary Examiner

Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem

by Stephanie Bearce

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AL MGMA Conference Focuses on Healthcare in Flux

AL MGMA Conference Focuses on Healthcare in Flux

In March, the Alabama Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) held their winter conference at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.

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Medical Clinics Lead Retail Growth in Grandview Area

Medical Clinics Lead Retail Growth in Grandview Area

Growth in the Grandview area of the U.S. 280 corridor in Birmingham continues to increase as medical and retail businesses, restaurants and multi-family developments are locating throughout the area.

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Succession and talent management

Many of us have a great opportunity each day to serve. We do this by listening, problem solving, and performing our daily responsibilities to the best of our ability. When we do what we love, we inspire the hearts of others.

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Practice Building

Practice Building

A generation ago, every city had a daily newspaper. Everybody watched network TV. Every home was hard wired with a phone and had a copy of the yellow pages.

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Feature Profiles

Physician Sets Sail for Adventure

Physician Sets Sail for Adventure

As spring settles in Alabama amid dogwoods and azaleas, locum tenens physician Robert Cosby, MD is enjoying the balmy Caribbean as part of a unique fraternity of maritime medicine. This April, Cosby is traveling to various ports of call, including the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Belize.

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Reseach

Researching Therapeutics to Prevent Alzheimer's

Researching Therapeutics to Prevent Alzheimer's

Today, 89,000 people in Alabama suffer the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to triple by 2050 unless medical science can find an effective way to stop it.

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UAB Opens State-of-Art Facility for Clinical Trials of Exercise Medicine

UAB Opens State-of-Art Facility for Clinical Trials of Exercise Medicine

The Center for Exercise Medicine at UAB opened its state-of-the-art exercise facility in February. The Exercise Clinical Trial Facility provides equipment and staff for research projects looking at the role of exercise as medicine.

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UAB Developing New Peptide to Combat Familial Hypercholesterolemia

UAB Developing New Peptide to Combat Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Researchers at UAB are testing a new peptide that they hope will lead to better treatment options for familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).

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HudsonAlpha Discovers New Gene Signature for Breast Cancer

HudsonAlpha Discovers New Gene Signature for Breast Cancer

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology along with collaborators from UAB and the Huntsman Cancer Institute have discovered a new gene signature regulated by a specific transcription factor - proteins that switch genes on and off - that is involved in regulating processes active in triple negative breast cancer.

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Clinical

New Guidelines Help with Control of Peanut Allergy

New Guidelines Help with Control of Peanut Allergy

In January, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published an addendum to 2010 guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States. The addendum is specific to U.S. guidelines for preventing peanut allergy.

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New Therapy for Peanut Allergy Gives Hope to Children and Families

New Therapy for Peanut Allergy Gives Hope to Children and Families

Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and fatal outcomes from food reactions in children. A new oral immunotherapy (OIT) treatment is proving to be a safe and effective way to eliminate the effects of the allergen in many sufferers through controlled exposure to peanuts.

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The Early Stage of Understanding Alzheimer's

The Early Stage of Understanding Alzheimer's

"It's an exciting time. There has been a great deal of recent progress in understanding the mechanisms involved in the development of Alzheimer's," neurologist and neuroscientist Erik Roberson, MD, PhD, and UAB associate professor of neurology said.

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Study Finds Injuries Related to Extreme Conditioning on Par with Other Exercises

Study Finds Injuries Related to Extreme Conditioning on Par with Other Exercises

With the increased popularity of extreme conditioning programs (ECPs), a group of Birmingham physicians noticed an increase in the rate of injury among participants of these programs.

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JCMS Project Access

JCMS Project Access

Say that you have patients who don't have health insurance. They're not eligible for Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, the Veterans Administration, Medicaid/Medicare, or for a subsidy through the Affordable Care Act.

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Regulatory/Compliance

False Claims Retaliatory Discharge Claims

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Enforcement Trends: Five Lessons from Recent OCR Resolution Agreements

Since January 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into two Resolution Agreements for HIPAA violations, one Resolution Agreement for failure to timely report a breach, and one of only three Civil Money Penalties (CMP) imposed for HIPAA violations since 2009.

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Prescriber Beware: Federal Enforcement Focuses on Drug Treatment Clinics

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Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

Reinventing the State's Malpractice System

During last year's Alabama legislative session, Senator Trip Pittman introduced a proposal to rein in the costs of malpractice suits. Senate Bill 413 would have replaced the trial-based system with a no-blame, administrative one.

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Grand Rounds

Greg Brown Named Administrator of St. Vincent's Blount

Greg Brown Named Administrator of St. Vincent's Blount

Greg Brown, MS has joined St. Vincent's Health System (STVHS) as administrator of St. Vincent's Blount, a 25-bed hospital located in Oneonta.

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New CEOs Named at Shelby Baptist and Walker Baptist Medical Centers

New CEOs Named at Shelby Baptist and Walker Baptist Medical Centers

Mike Rickman has been named chief executive officer at Shelby Baptist Medical Center where he succeeds Bob Phillips, who recently returned as chief executive officer at Walker Baptist Medical Center.

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Beth Dorsett, CMPE Joins Pearce Bevill

Beth Dorsett, CMPE Joins Pearce Bevill

Beth Dorsett, CMPE has joined Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg, Moore (PBLM) as a healthcare advisor.

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Freeman Earns Designation

Freeman Earns Designation

Brent Freeman, corporate director of internal audit and compliance for the DCH Health System, has earned the designation Certified in Healthcare Compliance.

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New Cavity Treatment Offers No Drilling

A new clinical trial at the UAB School of Dentistry is offering patients with cavities in-between teeth a new, less painful treatment option.

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UAB Medicine Again Named Great Place to Work in Health Care

UAB Medicine has been named one of the "150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare" by Becker's Hospital Review for the fourth year in a row, the only Alabama-based health care entity to be so honored.

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Tour de Blue Benefits Prostate Screening

Tour de Blue Benefits Prostate Screening

The 10th annual Tour de Blue century ride will be held on April 29. The ride, which starts and finishes in Moody, has several distance options (101, 76 & 50 miles).

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Alabama Most Stressed State in US

Despite our warm climate and rural areas, Alabama is one of the more stressed states in the US according to a survey conducted by personal-finance website WalletHub. Alabama's overall score made it the most stressed state in America.

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