UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers o...

UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers o...

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UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers of the heart, usually closes during infancy.

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Feature Profiles

Monheit Establishes Legacy in Dermatologic Surgery

Monheit Establishes Legacy in Dermatologic Surgery

Gary Monheit, MD learned from the best. And that impetus to achieve high standards has driven his surgical dermatology practice for 40 years.

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Reseach

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

UAB Study Shows Link Between Microbiome in the Gut and Parkinson's

There is growing evidence showing a connection between Parkinson's disease and the composition of the microbiome of the gut.

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Preterm Babies Benefit from Moms' Receiving Steroids Prior to Delivery

A new study from UAB suggests that women at risk of preterm delivery should receive corticosteroids due to strong associations with a lower rate of death and serious illness for their babies. The study says that very premature babies seem to benefit the most from the steroids, even those born at 23 weeks of gestation.

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Findings Suggest Underdiagnoses of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Findings Suggest Underdiagnoses of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Approximately 25 percent of eyes deemed to be normal based on dilated eye examination by a primary eye care ophthalmologist or optometrist had macular characteristics that indicated age-related macular degeneration, according to a study published by JAMA Ophthalmology.

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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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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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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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End in Sight for Medicare ALJ Backlog?

As providers who are currently undergoing a Medicare claims appeal know, there is a lengthy delay to having an appeal actually heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Some estimates indicate that it will currently take over 10 years to have an appeal heard.

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Clinical

UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

UAB first in Alabama to Use FDA-Approved PFO Occluder

Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers of the heart, usually closes during infancy.

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Birth Hour Is Important Time for Mother and Baby

Birth Hour Is Important Time for Mother and Baby

Scientists who have studied the birth process have deemed the first hour after birth a momentous time for baby and parents. Staff at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center have recognized the importance of this bonding time and have developed clinical best practices for newborns delivered in their hospital.

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Fighting Breast Cancer with New Research, New Tools

Fighting Breast Cancer with New Research, New Tools

New research, new tools bring new hope when it comes to preventing and treating breast cancer.

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Diseases of Despair

Diseases of Despair

"Death of hope" may not be listed on many coroners' reports, but if you are trying to identify the killer causing an alarming increase in mortality and morbidity in middle-aged white Americans with a high school education or less, it's a prime suspect.

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Study Highlights Higher Death Rate for Young People Experiencing an Incident Episode of Psychosis

Study Highlights Higher Death Rate for Young People Experiencing an Incident Episode of Psychosis

A new study of all cause death in the 12 months following the first incidence of psychosis found a much higher than anticipated death rate in those ages 16-30.

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Grand Rounds

UAB Named Center of Comprehensive MS Care

UAB Named Center of Comprehensive MS Care

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Center has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This is the highest designation in the system developed by the NMSS.

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Children's Names Dimmitt as David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Children's Names Dimmitt as David E. Dixon Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology

David E. Dixon, a long-time member of the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees, has been honored for his service with the establishment of an endowed chair in his name.

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Grandview Medical Center's Inpatient Rehab Unit Ranks in Top 10 Percent

Grandview Medical Center's Inpatient Rehab Unit, known as Easy Street, has been recognized as one of the top 10 percent of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the United States.

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American Sports Medicine Institute to Host Sports Medicine Conference for Sports Agents

American Sports Medicine Institute to Host Sports Medicine Conference for Sports Agents

The American Sports Medicine Institute and Chairman, Dr. James Andrews, have announced ASMI's Inaugural Sports Medicine for Sports Agents Conference, which will be held June 9th and 10th at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.

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Urology Centers Hosts CME Conference

The Urology Centers of Alabama CME conference "But I'm Not a Urologist! Urology for the PCP" was held in April at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. Dr. Mark DeGuenther, Dr. Brian Christine, Jason Biddy and Marcie Prescott served as the conference planning committee.

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Princeton Baptist First in Southeast to Offer New Technology in Treatment of Severe Aortic Stenosis

Princeton Baptist First in Southeast to Offer New Technology in Treatment of Severe Aortic Stenosis

The Structural Heart Program at Princeton Baptist Medical Center became the first center in the southeast to implant the newly FDA approved CoreValve™ Evolut™ PRO TAVR for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis for symptomatic patients who are at high risk for open heart surgery.

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Prameela D. Goli, MD Joins Grandview

Prameela D. Goli, MD, FACR has joined the Grandview Medical Center medical staff. Goli specializes in Rheumatology and has joined Grandview Medical Group. She is Board Certified in Rheumatology.

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CVA University Community Education

CVA is hosting a series of community educational forums on a variety of topics related to cardiovascular health.

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Princeton Baptist Neuroscience Technologist Honored

Carrie Ford, neuroscience technologist at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, has been inducted into the Tenet Heroes Hall of Fame, Tenet Healthcare Corporation's highest honor for employees.

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RTMD of Birmingham to Partner with Emory

Emory University School of Medicine has entered into an agreement with RealTime Medicare Data, LLC (RTMD), a Birmingham-based healthcare analytics company that specializes in Medicare Fee-for-Service paid claims data.

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UAB Expands Cancer Navigation Program Nationally

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Guideway Care have announced a partnership to expand the reach of UAB's cancer navigation program, Patient Care Connect, to patients nationally.

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TekLinks Named No. 1 Healthcare MSP

ChannelE2E.com's Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list has ranked TekLinks the world's No. 1 managed services provider (MSP) for the healthcare industry. Overall, TekLinks ranked No. 2 on the Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list for the second consecutive year.

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