ACA Grace Period Rule Could Pose Financial Risks for Providers

A provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a 90-day grace period that goes into effect before insurance policies can be cancelled for non-payment. ...Read More

 



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ACA Grace Period Rule Could Pose Financial Risks for Providers
ACA Grace Period Rule Could Pose Financial Risks for Providers
Jim Stroud (left), Mary Elliott and Maddox Casey of Warren Averett are advising clients on managing the 90-day grace period required by the ACA.
ACA Grace Period Rule Could Pose Financial Risks for Providers

A provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a 90-day grace period that goes into effect before insurance policies can be cancelled for non-payment.


 
Mismatch in Medical School Enrollment and Residencies May Increase Physician Shortage
Mismatch in Medical School Enrollment and Residencies May Increase Physician Shortage

The United States faces a massive physician shortage that should reach serious proportions by 2025 as the aging population grows while health care reform increases the need for more doctors.


 
Training Health Information Technology Workers Where They Are Needed Most | HITECH act, electronic health records, EHR, Alabama, rural health care, health IT, Mickey Trimm, Mike Bice, Eta Berner, Regional Healthcare Network, Gadsden State Community College, Central Alabama Community College
Training Health Information Technology Workers Where They Are Needed Most

A partnership between the Regional Healthcare Network and UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration creates a program to solve one of the many problems of rural health-care providers.


 
Robotic Whipple Pancreas Cancer Surgery
Robotic Whipple Pancreas Cancer Surgery

For pancreatic cancer patients, the robotic technique of the Whipple surgery can mean shaving three weeks off their recuperation. “And the sooner a patient can move on to chemo, the better,” says Stan Hewlett, MD, a gastrointestinal (GI) surgeon with Princeton Surgical Specialists.


 
Miniature, Implantable Device Helps UAB Physicians Head off Seizures | Epilepsy, Responsive Neurostimulation, Seizures, Neuroscience, Neurology, brain activity, UAB Epilepsy Center
Miniature, Implantable Device Helps UAB Physicians Head off Seizures

A computer flash drive that can reprogram a person's brain to avoid epileptic seizures?


 
PEDIATRICS FOCUS

The Rhythm of Life | Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Pediatric Cardiovascular Program, Yung Lau, MD, Joseph Bruno Pediatric Heart Center, Melody valve, Berlin Heart
The Rhythm of Life

Children’s Heart Program Brings Young Patients New Possibilities

When children are born, the future stretches before them, full of infinite possibilities. Perhaps she will grow up to pilot a mission to Mars, or he will be a marine biologist venturing into unexplored worlds beneath the sea.

 


 
Pediatric Allergies | Prescott Atkinson, MD, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, pediatric allergies, anaphylaxis, IgE, immune system, Vitamin D, T-cell, Lone Star tick, hygiene hypothesis
Pediatric Allergies

The War Within

If you’ve ever experienced the infernal itch of poison oak or sneezed your way through hay fever season, you know allergies can make life miserable.

 


 
More Than Just A Pretty Face | Peter D. Ray, MD, John Grant, MD, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, craniosynostosis, cleft palate, cleft lip, facial trauma, facial burns, pediatric plastic surgery,
More Than Just A Pretty Face

Pediatric Plastic Surgeons Reshape Lives

When you think of plastic surgery, nips and tucks to hide the sags and wrinkles of aging faces may be the first thought that comes to mind.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Experience with HIV Patients Illustrates Shortfalls in U.S. Health Care System
Experience with HIV Patients Illustrates Shortfalls in U.S. Health Care System

Michael Saag, MD came to Birmingham in 1981 to begin his residency in internal medicine at UAB with plans become a cardiologist.


 
Guest Writers

Does Bird’s Eye View Render Executive Non-Compete Unenforceable?

So here’s a good one for healthcare employers to ponder. Let’s say you have an executive subject to a valid and seemingly enforceable non-compete agreement. 


 
Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin

Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin

c.2014, HCI; $15.95 / $19.95 Canada ; 278 pages

 

Up and down. Up and down.


 
Early Detection and Prevention of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Over the last few decades, the field of gastroenterology has been transformed. Much has been learned about the history and precursors of gastrointestinal cancers, particularly those of the esophagus, pancreas and colorectum.


 
W56.22, Struck by Orca

ICD-10 Illustrated

Edited By Niko Skievaski

c.2014, ICD-10 Illustrated, LLC; $20.00

Wisconsin, 72 pages


 
Grand Rounds

August 2014
 


Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds
Title: Donated Livers Not Harmed by Travel Distances, Study Finds
Category: Health News
Created: 8/28/2014 2:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Your Family's Germs May Move With You
Title: Your Family's Germs May Move With You
Category: Health News
Created: 8/28/2014 2:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Gene Research Yields Insights Into Ebola Virus
Title: Gene Research Yields Insights Into Ebola Virus
Category: Health News
Created: 8/28/2014 2:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study
Title: Electrical Pulses to Scalp May Boost Memory: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 8/28/2014 2:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
Title: Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21
Category: Health News
Created: 8/28/2014 4:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Most U.S. Babies Get Their Vaccines: CDC
Title: Most U.S. Babies Get Their Vaccines: CDC
Category: Health News
Created: 8/28/2014 4:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 am CDT


UAB Medicine hires consultant to review operating expenses - Birmingham Business Journal

UAB Medicine hires consultant to review operating expenses
Birmingham Business Journal
"UAB Medicine is conducting a comprehensive review of all entities within the organization to increase alignment, optimize efficiency, and emphasize quality outcomes and the patient and family experience. This review includes growth strategies, expense ...

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Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:53 am CDT

UAB Medicine working with consultant on comprehensive review - AL.com

UAB Medicine working with consultant on comprehensive review
AL.com
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- UAB Medicine is working with a consultant as it conducts a comprehensive review to reduce expenses in the light of changes in the healthcare industry. Despite rumors of impending layoffs, there is no timetable for any decisions ...

and more »
Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:06 am CDT

5 for Friday Tommy John 40 years after the surgery that saved his career - FOXSports.com

5 for Friday Tommy John 40 years after the surgery that saved his career
FOXSports.com
And so I need as much medical help as I can get." And when he told me that, I knew right then that he was the ... Dixie Walker comes down and in his high-pitched, Birmingham-ese, Alabaman accent, he says, "Boy, you better get a little more velocity on ...

Posted Friday, August 29, 2014 11:41 am CDT