Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls

On the Health and Human Services website, a section posts every healthcare organization since 2009 whose patient data covering 500 or more individuals has been breached. Each page of this “Wall of Shame” lists 100 organizations. As of June 15, the list runs 1,249 pages long.  ...Read More

 



Current Birmingham Medical News

Mendelsohn Performs Nation’s First Vessix™ Renal Denervation for Hypertension | Boston Scientific , Vessix™ Renal Denervation System, Vessix Vascular Inc, hypertension, Farrell Mendelsohn MD, Cardiology PC, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Raymond Cohen, Minnow Medical, Rothchild, Boston Scientific Corporation, REDUCE-HTN: REINFORCE trial, Michael Wilensky M.D
Mendelsohn Performs Nation’s First Vessix™ Renal Denervation for Hypertension

When two good ideas cross paths by chance, sometimes something wonderful happens. When Farrell Mendelsohn MD, an interventional cardiologist with Cardiology PC at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, was at a medical conference in Las Vegas, he happened to meet Raymond Cohen, who is CEO of Minnow Medical, a small biotech company that had developed a balloon catheter device designed for leg procedures. 


 
UAB Lab Studies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome		 | chronic fatigue syndrome, ME/CFS, systemic exertion intolerance disease, leptin, myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME/CFS, SEID, Jared Younger, UAB, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
UAB Lab Studies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Institute of Medicine Announces New Name for CFS

 

In California, patients wait up to five years for initial appointments at a Stanford clinic that caters to chronic fatigue syndrome. “That’s how little supply there is for the demand,” says Jarred Younger, PhD, head of the new Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Lab at UAB. “No specialty has taken it on.”


 
The Home Advantage | Hospitalist, Brookwood Medical Center, Anesthesia Services of Birmingham PC, Matt Sherrer MD, Stirling Shirah MD, multimodal anesthesia
The Home Advantage

Brookwood’s New Locally-Based Hospitalist Group Brings a Win/Win Strategy to Inpatient Care

 

In his eight years with Brookwood Medical Center along with his work as chairman of Anesthesia Services of Birmingham PC, Matt Sherrer, MD, has seen the value of teamwork. Shared experiences over time build professional relationships and continuity, helping medical teams work together more seamlessly to enhance quality of care.


 
Baptist Health System and Tenet Create New Healthcare Network

 Baptist Health System and Tenet Healthcare Corporation have signed a definitive agreement to create a joint venture that will operate a healthcare network serving Birmingham and central Alabama. The new network will include all Baptist Health System hospitals, Tenet’s Brookwood Medical Center and each organization’s related businesses. Under the joint venture arrangement, Tenet will be the majority partner and will manage the network’s operations.


 
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls | hardware firewalls, healthcare IT, HIPAA, HITECH, healthcare breaches, Integrated Solutions, Dataperk, Kassouf, Kassouf & Co, VentureNet, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Preventing Breaches with Hardware Firewalls

On the Health and Human Services website, a section posts every healthcare organization since 2009 whose patient data covering 500 or more individuals has been breached. Each page of this “Wall of Shame” lists 100 organizations. As of June 15, the list runs 1,249 pages long.


 
Transitioning to a New EHR | EHR, EMR, transitioning EHRs, new EHRs, transitioning EMRs, FlexMedical, Oceris, MediSYS, new EHR problems, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt, Birmingham Alabama
Transitioning to a New EHR
“I don’t know that sales people are really mentioning this problem upfront,” says Ryan McGinty with Oceris, makers of FlexMedical electronic health record (EHR) system. “But each time a practice transitions to a new EHR, a complete data conversion is almost never possible.”
 
Easy Ways to Violate HIPAA | HIPAA, HITECH, HIPAA violations, HITECH violations, medical practice data security, Keep IT Simple, Teklinks, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Easy Ways to Violate HIPAA
 “Compliance with HIPAA and HITECH is not about whether your IT is working, but if your patient data is at risk. It’s kind of an invisible issue,” says Blake Perry with Keep IT Simple. “Unless you know what you’re looking for, you could be non-compliant.”
 
DERMATOLOGY FOCUS

Healthcare Spotlight

Dr. Jack Dabbs at 81: "Medicine Has Been Good to Me" | Jack Dabbs, ENT, cancer, larynx, laryngectomy, stenosis, football, University of Vanderbilt
Dr. Jack Dabbs at 81: "Medicine Has Been Good to Me"
On a recent weekday morning, a lot more people than usual were passing through the offices of Dr. Jack Dabbs, an ENT whose building is on Lomb Avenue near Princeton Baptist Medical Center.
 
Guest Writers

Summary of Alabama's Medicaid Care Management Programs

Alabama recently passed into law two separate bills to develop at-risk provider-driven Medicaid care management programs. The first bill, passed in 2013, created the Regional Care Organization (RCO) system. See Alabama Code § 22-6-150 et seq. This legislation was developed upon the recommendation of the Medicaid Study Commission, which was created by the Governor who appointed members representing a range of providers, insurers, consumer advocacy groups, and state government officials.


 
ACA Impact on the Healthcare Industry
While most companies are struggling to ensure that they have everything in order to comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), few people outside of the healthcare industry have considered the impact this sweeping legislation will have on this industry.
 
Regional Care Organizations on Track to Take Over Medicaid | Medicaid, Alabama Medicaid, CMS, Robin Rawls, Viva Health, Anna Velasco, Regional Care Organizations, Accountable Care Organizations, RCO, ACO, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Regional Care Organizations on Track to Take Over Medicaid
In January, Alabama Medicaid named eleven organizations as probationary Regional Care Organizations (RCOs). By October of next year, the plan is for these nonprofit RCOs to manage the care of just over 600,000 qualifying Medicaid patients in the state.
 
The Literary Examiner
This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

by Patrick Di Justo

c.2015, Three Rivers Press; $15.00 / $18.00 Canada; 255 pages


 
Grand Rounds

July 2015

Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.


 


Knee Replacement May Ease Pain for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Title: Knee Replacement May Ease Pain for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Category: Health News
Created: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Job Stress Might Make You Sick, Study Says
Title: Job Stress Might Make You Sick, Study Says
Category: Health News
Created: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Drones Might Fly Blood Samples to Clinics, Study Finds
Title: Drones Might Fly Blood Samples to Clinics, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Targeted Workouts May Strengthen Men's Bones in Middle Age
Title: Targeted Workouts May Strengthen Men's Bones in Middle Age
Category: Health News
Created: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 am CDT

New Stem Cell Tactic Shows Promise for Heart Failure
Title: New Stem Cell Tactic Shows Promise for Heart Failure
Category: Health News
Created: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 am CDT

Too Few U.S. Teens Getting HPV Vaccine: CDC
Title: Too Few U.S. Teens Getting HPV Vaccine: CDC
Category: Health News
Created: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 am CDT


Stay safe when temperatures rise - FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com

FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com

Stay safe when temperatures rise
FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com
FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely hot weather can be deadly if you don't take the proper precautions, an expert warns. There were 123 heat-related deaths in the United States in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. "People ...

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Posted Friday, July 31, 2015 9:05 am CDT

Good Day Alabama: July 29, 2015 - FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com

Good Day Alabama: July 29, 2015
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... Sports Medicine Institute - ASMI. Dr. Ortega discussed sudden cardiac arrest and how three Birmingham-area organizations - Lord Wedgwood Charity, American Sports Medicine Institute & Andrews Sports Medicine- have joined forces to help keep student ...

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Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:42 am CDT

The Sanders Trust gives $8.4M for South Carolina medical office building - Birmingham Business Journal

Birmingham Business Journal

The Sanders Trust gives $8.4M for South Carolina medical office building
Birmingham Business Journal
The freestanding building is around 42,000 square feet and has a mixed-use component with a multi-tenant outpatient facility that provides a family practice, neurology, pediatrics, occupational medicine and diagnostic imaging. “Tower Pointe Medical ...

Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:29 am CDT