Not Doing IT Risk Assessments Can Mean Repaying Incentives

“The government has taken back incentive money,” says Nic Cofield with Jackson Thornton Technologies. ...Read More

 



Current Birmingham Medical News

Pacemakers and MRI, Together At Last
Pacemakers and MRI, Together At Last

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first pacemaker that can be used with an MRI scan, making these two potentially lifesaving technologies compatible for the first time.


 
Sharing Medical Images Helps Patients and Saves Money
Sharing Medical Images Helps Patients and Saves Money

A Huntsville radiological technology company, FINAO, has digitally connected Radiology of Huntsville (ROH) with more than 30 medical facilities in North Alabama, including Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center.


 
IT FOCUS

Not Doing IT Risk Assessments Can Mean Repaying Incentives
Not Doing IT Risk Assessments Can Mean Repaying Incentives

“The government has taken back incentive money,” says Nic Cofield with Jackson Thornton Technologies.


 
EHRs and Meaningful Use Stage 2
EHRs and Meaningful Use Stage 2

The quest to prove meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) has moved into Stage 2 this year.


 
Moving In-House EHRs to the Cloud
Moving In-House EHRs to the Cloud

Practices with Electronic Medical Record software (EHR) stored on in-house servers may regret not being hosted in the cloud.


 
Healthcare Spotlight

Ryan Pflugner: Field Goals, Surgery Helped Kick Off Medical Career | Ryan Pflugner, Orthopaedics, Alabama Orthopaedic Surgeons, sports medicine, Alabama football, college football, field goal records, biologics, Tommy John surgery
Ryan Pflugner: Field Goals, Surgery Helped Kick Off Medical Career

When Alabama's kicking unit took the field against Arkansas, fans weren't expecting much. The Crimson Tide was on the never-land of the 45 yard line.


 
Guest Writers

No Downturn in Federal Health Care Fraud Enforcement

On May 27, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) announced recoveries of approximately $3.1 billion from the federal health care programs for the first six months of fiscal year 2014, according to the agency's Semiannual Report to Congress (“Report”).


 
Alabama Medicaid: Changes to the RCO

On May 17, 2013, Governor Bentley signed into law Act 2013-261, Ala. Code § 22-6-150 et. seq. which changed the Alabama Medicaid program from a fee-for-service program to a managed care program creating Regional Care Organizations ("RCOs") to serve as the conduit for care to Medicaid beneficiaries.


 
The Literary Examiner

Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift the Lid

by Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra

c.2014, Citadel Press $15.95 / $17.95 Canada 256 pages

 


 
Grand Rounds

July 2014
 


It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says
Title: It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA Says
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study
Title: Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2014 12:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study
Title: Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations
Title: Wider Face May Give You an Edge in Negotiations
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2014 2:35:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods
Title: Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2014 4:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes
Title: Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes
Category: Health News
Created: 7/29/2014 4:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am CDT


UAB med students to hold Heart + Sole 5K/Fun Run Sept. 6 to raise money for ... - al.com

UAB med students to hold Heart + Sole 5K/Fun Run Sept. 6 to raise money for ...
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Equal Access Birmingham (EAB), a student-run program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine designed to help reduce health disparities in the Magic City, will host its inaugural Heart + Sole 5K/Fun ...

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Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:11 am CDT

Elderly and frail patients should be allowed to die, says cardiologist - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Elderly and frail patients should be allowed to die, says cardiologist
Telegraph.co.uk
Dr Beattie, who works at at the East of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham, said the chance of an elderly person leaving hospital after being resuscitated is around five per cent. But he said the issue was a difficult one because people today ...

Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:40 am CDT

UAB engineering profs, Bessemer superintendent, to talk about STEM in forum ... - al.com

UAB engineering profs, Bessemer superintendent, to talk about STEM in forum ...
al.com
The other speakers will be four professors from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) – Murat Tanik, chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); Arie Nakhmani, an assistant professor in ECE; Abi Yildiorim, director ...

Posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:16 am CDT