New Procedure for Breast Surgeries

Many surgeons may not yet be aware of a new technique for breast cancer surgery that has recently emerged. The name - Hidden Scar surgery - describes the purpose.

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.

Business

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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The Agility to Adapt

The Agility to Adapt

Predicting what is going to happen next in Washington would put even the shiniest crystal ball into meltdown mode. Even without uncertainties about the ACA and how future changes may affect insurance--or potential shifts in policy related to the FDA and Department of Health--physicians and practice managers have plenty of strategic thinking to do these days

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Employing Value-Added Design to Improve Performance

Employing Value-Added Design to Improve Performance

Gresham Smith and Partners has enhanced the value proposition by creating a holistic framework that considers much more than traditional form and function.

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Collaborative Practice Agreements

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Feature Profiles

The Ministry of Rural Medicine

The Ministry of Rural Medicine

The town of Pine Apple lies about 20 minutes off I-65 South tucked in the southeast corner of Wilcox County along Alabama's Black Belt. Driving through this farming community, you notice the picturesque countryside dotted with the occasional farm house and antebellum home.

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Reseach

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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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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Clinical

New Procedure for Breast Surgeries

New Procedure for Breast Surgeries

Many surgeons may not yet be aware of a new technique for breast cancer surgery that has recently emerged. The name - Hidden Scar surgery - describes the purpose.

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Kidneys from Genetically Engineered Pigs Are on the Horizon

Kidneys from Genetically Engineered Pigs Are on the Horizon

Within four years, pigs could be providing kidneys to humans in need, thanks to the revolutionary Xenotransplantation Program at UAB.

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Dentists, dental hygienists, pediatricians, family practitioners and other primary care providers play an important role in the early detection of oral cavity cancers, and ... equally importantly ... in fostering prevention by providing education on key risk factors.

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New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health

New UAB Clinic Addresses Women's Heart Health

A new UAB Women's Heart Health Clinic has opened at The Kirklin Clinic to address the concerns of women who face cardiac issues. Directed by UAB Cardiologist Salpy Pamboukian, MD, MSPH, the clinic will evaluate and manage women with an array of cardiac issues, while attending to treatment specifics that are more germane to women.

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New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients

New Breakthrough Helps High-cholesterol Patients

30 years ago, the introduction of statins proved to be a major breakthrough in cardiovascular care. The cholesterol-lowering medicines became the best-selling drugs in pharmaceutical history.

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Regulatory/Compliance

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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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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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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Grand Rounds

CVA Honors Moraski

CVA Honors Moraski

CVA was founded in 1946 by Dr. John B. Burrett who was the first cardiologist to practice in the state of Alabama. As a tribute to Dr. Burrett, each year CVA honors an outstanding individual who has contributed to the advancement of cardiovascular healthcare in Alabama with the John Burrett, MD Award.

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MediSYS Leverages Alpha II Registry to Improve Quality Measure Reporting

MediSYS has signed an agreement with Alpha II, LLC to offer its Alpha II Registry to collect and report Quality Payment Program (QPP) data - as outlined by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - on behalf of MediSYS clients.

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Former White House Strategist to Lead UAB's Personalized Medicine Institute

Former White House Strategist to Lead UAB's Personalized Medicine Institute

Matthew Might, PhD, a renowned computer scientist and strategic leader appointed to the White House Precision Medicine Initiative by former President Barack Obama, has been named the inaugural director of the Hugh Kaul Personalized Medicine Institute at the UAB School of Medicine.

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Children's Names Blount Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Children's Names Blount Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Children's of Alabama has named Jeffrey P. Blount, MD as director of pediatric neurosurgery. Blount earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed the neurosurgery residency program at the University of Minnesota.

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Green Named Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

Green Named Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners

Norris Green was recently named executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. Green originally joined the ALBME in July 2015 as the associate executive director and was officially named director following the retirement of Larry Dixon in December.

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Cullman Regional CEO Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

Cullman Regional CEO Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

James Clements, FACHE, CEO at Cullman Regional, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

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DCH Awards Shirley

DCH Awards Shirley

James Shirley recently received the DCH Excellence Award.

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Nurse Practitioners Join Southeast Gastro

Nurse Practitioners Join Southeast Gastro

Two nurse practitioners have joined Southeast Gastro.

Micah Morgan, CRNP, AGNP-C has joined the practice at the St. Vincent's East office. She is in collaborative practice with Rohit Malik, MD.

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