M-Power Bridges the Gap for Those in Need

Health care insurance is a hotly contested political issue, but the true cost is felt by individuals unable to pay for medical care. Without help, many become seriously ill or live with chronic, often debilitating conditions ...

New Supercomputer Revolutionizes UAB Research

"Teraflop" is not a word you're likely to hear at your local computer store. It's a measure of processing power that allows calculations at a rate of a trillion per second with nine floating decimal points.

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M-Power Bridges the Gap for Those in Need

M-Power Bridges the Gap for Those in Need

Health care insurance is a hotly contested political issue, but the true cost is felt by individuals unable to pay for medical care. Without help, many become seriously ill or live with chronic, often debilitating conditions that prevent the uninsured from maintaining steady employment.

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Affordable Care Update

At the core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the three-legged stool: (1) insurance reforms; (2) the individual mandate; and (3) premium and cost-sharing subsidies. Removal of any one of these legs could destabilize the ACA.

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Feature Profiles

Breathing Easier with Amy CaJacob, MD

Breathing Easier with Amy CaJacob, MD

The most recent data finds one in every 10 Alabama adults suffer from asthma. The data also show more than 12 percent of Alabama children are living with the chronic respiratory disease at some point in their lives.

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Regulatory/Compliance

DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

DOJ Formalizes New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

We recently reported that Michael Granston, Director of the Civil Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ), made comments during a November 2017 healthcare compliance conference suggesting that in cases where the DOJ has determined allegations in a qui tam (or "whistleblower") lawsuit lack merit, the government may more aggressively exercise its statutory authority - rarely used in the past - to dismiss such cases.

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The Battle over 340B

The Battle over 340B

The battle over 340B continues as hospitals serving some of the nation's most vulnerable patients worry what will happen if $1.6 billion in cuts go through.

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Healthcare Collaboration

Not every major action takes an act of legislation.

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DOJ's New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

DOJ's New Approach to Frivolous Qui Tam Actions

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made a surprising announcement that it may begin seeking dismissal of meritless qui tam cases brought under the False Claims Act.

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Reseach

Improving Sleep Quality for Breast Cancer Survivors

Improving Sleep Quality for Breast Cancer Survivors

A study by researchers at the UAB School of Health Professions published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, connects aerobic physical activity -- like walking -- to better sleep for post-primary treatment breast cancer survivors.

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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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Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Brookwood Baptist Cardiovascular Research Takes a Leading Role in Two International Trials

Can stem cells mend a broken heart? Which approach to managing carotid stenosis is the best option to help which patients avoid a stroke?

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HudsonAlpha Rearchers Identify Genetic Variants That Cause Intellectual Delay

Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, along with an international team of collaborators from six countries, have identified a new genetic disorder that causes intellectual and developmental delay in children.

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Clinical

New Supercomputer Revolutionizes UAB Research

New Supercomputer Revolutionizes UAB Research

"Teraflop" is not a word you're likely to hear at your local computer store. It's a measure of processing power that allows calculations at a rate of a trillion per second with nine floating decimal points.

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Managing the Big Picture

Managing the Big Picture

On one hand, we're on the threshold of an incredible era in personalized medicine with scientific breakthroughs making possible highly individualized care that could advance both quality and years of life.

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Biologics for Treating Severe Asthma

Biologics for Treating Severe Asthma

"Biologics are wonderful for treating a specific patient," says Carol Smith, MD with Birmingham Allergy & Asthma Specialists.

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Addressing Physician Burnout

Addressing Physician Burnout

In recognition that physician burnout is increasing, the AMA and other companies and organizations have begun tackling the critical issue from a variety of vantage points

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Asthma APGAR Tool Improves Management in Primary Care Setting

Asthma APGAR Tool Improves Management in Primary Care Setting

Many patients with persistent asthma have a difficult time achieving control. Results of a new pragmatic study found applying APGAR tools significantly reduced ED, urgent care and hospital admissions while improving patient control and practice adherence to guidelines.

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Computer Simulation Can Improve Patient Flow

Computer Simulation Can Improve Patient Flow

When Deborah Flint, director of Performance Engineering at the Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, tackles a project to shorten wait times, streamline a process or improve clinic flow, she and her team have a number of tools they can use for maximum effectiveness.

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Treating Samter's Triad with Aspirin Desensitization

Treating Samter's Triad with Aspirin Desensitization

Those who face aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)--also known as Samter's Triad or aspirin sensitive asthma--may not know it for possibly decades, if ever.

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Grand Rounds

UAB Medical Students Celebrate Successful Match Day

UAB Medical Students Celebrate Successful Match Day

The 2018 graduating class of the UAB School of Medicine celebrated another successful Match Day on Friday, March 16. With 98 percent of students' matching into residency positions, UAB students will continue their medical educations at 74 institutions in 27 states across the country.

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Six UAB School of Nursing Programs Among Top 15 in the USA

The Graduate and Professional programs within the UAB schools of Nursing, Medicine, Engineering and Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences rank among the nation's best, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Rankings.

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UAB, Children's of Alabama Name Fargason Director of Neurodevelopmental Initiatives

UAB, Children's of Alabama Name Fargason Director of Neurodevelopmental Initiatives

Crayton "Tony" Fargason, MD has been named Director of Neurodevelopmental Initiatives, a key coordinating role between the UAB School of Medicine, the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children's of Alabama.

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Powel Named Chair at UAB

Powel Named Chair at UAB

Craig Powell, MD, PhD has been named chair of the Department of Neurobiology at the UCB School of Medicine and director of the Civitan International Research Center.

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Southeast Gastro Conducts Free Screening

Southeast Gastro Conducts Free Screening
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Encompass Holds Brand Launch Celebration

Encompass Holds Brand Launch Celebration

Encompass Health, formerly known as HealthSouth, held a brand launch celebration in February with more than 550 Encompass Health employees and guests in attendance.

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UAB Topped $238 million in NIH Funding for 2016

The University of Alabama at Birmingham had $538 million in research expenditures in 2016, and ranked No. 15 nationally among public universities and No. 31 overall in federally funded research in 2016, according to National Science Foundation data.

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UAB Opens Colorectal Cancer Clinic

UAB Opens Colorectal Cancer Clinic

The UAB Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Clinic has opened, providing a one-stop shop for cancer care.

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Kenneth Aldridge, MD Receives Award

Kenneth Aldridge, MD, a urologist and vice president for medical affairs for the DCH Health System, recently received the Garber Galbraith Medical-Political Award from the Medical Alumni Association of the UAB School of Medicine.

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CoreLife Opens in Birmingham

CoreLife, a weight loss clinic based in Maryland, plans to open eight new locations in the Birmingham area this year, including Vestavia, Mountain Brook, Alabaster and Hoover.

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Shelby Baptist Offers 3D mammography

Shelby Baptist Offers 3D mammography

Shelby Baptist Medical Center is now offering 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening.

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Betz Named COO of DCH

Betz Named COO of DCH

Paul Betz, FACHE, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the DCH Health System.

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