New Procedure Shows Promise for Treatment of Enlarged Prostate

More than half of men 50 years of age and older, and up to 90 percent of men over 80 are affected by symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH, or enlarged prostate, which can significantly impact quality of life.

UAB Testing Robotic Platform for Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment

During a man's lifetime, odds are one in seven that he be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If it's a slower growing form detected in later years, he may live out a normal life span and die with it, but not from it.

Business

Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

Healthcare Insurance Rate Hikes

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama's (MASA) health insurance for members will rise 15 percent next year. "We didn't like 15 percent," says Mark Jackson, executive director. "But don't get me wrong, we felt fortunate that we were able to keep it at 15 percent."

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Where did all the "S" Corporations come from?

You just formed your medical practice in Alabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a "PC") or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you get to choose between an "S" corporation ("S corp") or a "C" corporation ("C corp") for federal and state tax purposes, both named after the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") Subchapter that governs their taxation.

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Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

Covered Entities Being Bullied Over Fees for Medical Record Requests

HIPAA and the fees for reproducing an individual's medical records may seem like old news but as recently as May 23rd, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added clarification on this very topic.

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Are Your Management Contracts Still OK?

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44, which updates conditions under which a management contract will not result in private business use (or "bad use") of property financed with tax-exempt bonds. Compliance with the new safe harbor may be essential to the continued tax-exempt status of related bond issues. Revenue Procedure 2016-44 supersedes its well-known predecessor, Revenue Procedure 97-13.

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Urology Centers Hires Healthcare Reform Manager

Urology Centers Hires Healthcare Reform Manager

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) means that big changes are coming to healthcare reimbursement; changes that will result in some physicians earning less money and others more.

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MACRA Advances

MACRA Advances

Last year President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA implemented significant changes in how Medicare reimburses doctors.

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Feature Profiles

Jones Brings Philosophy of Teamwork from Swimming Success to Cancer Care

Jones Brings Philosophy of Teamwork from Swimming Success to Cancer Care

Only a few people can say they've competed with, or against, Olympic swimming phenom Michael Phelps. Benjamin Jones, MD, a specialist in medical oncology and hematology at Alabama Oncology at Grandview, is among them.

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Reseach

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Administering Additional Antibiotic Prior to C-section Reduces Infection Rates by 50 Percent

Physicians at UAB and colleagues have discovered that administering the antibiotic azithromycin alongside the standard recommended antibiotic regimen, cefazolin, reduces infection rates by 50 percent for women who have a non-elective cesarean delivery.

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UAB Team Identify Protein that plays Key Role in Brain Cancer Stem Cell Growth

UAB Team Identify Protein that plays Key Role in Brain Cancer Stem Cell Growth

A team of physicians and scientists at UAB discovered that a kinase protein, mixed lineage kinase 4, also known as MLK4, plays a crucial role in survival of patient-derived brain cancer stem cells in pre-clinical animal models. The findings suggest that MLK4 could potentially be a useful target for cancer treatment.

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Researchers Develop a Test for Early Stage Ovarian Cancer

With funding providing by the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Institute, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a method to detect ovarian cancer that is highly accurate in patients with Stage 1 disease.

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UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

UAB Heads Two New National Rehab Research Centers

"The challenge of this is not only building the center, but attracting users across the national community and for them to become aware of what we have to offer," says Marcas Bamman, PhD, director of the new REACT Center and MR3 Network Coordinating Center at UAB.

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Clinical

Smith Performs Zero Fluoroscopy Ablation

Smith Performs Zero Fluoroscopy Ablation

There's something missing in Dr. Macy Smith's cardiac operating room these days: the use of a bulky fluoroscope, and the collection of leaded aprons needed to protect doctors, staff, and patients from the machine's continuous X-rays.

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HIFU Offers Hope for Some Prostate Cancer Patients

HIFU Offers Hope for Some Prostate Cancer Patients

One in seven men in the United States will face prostate cancer at some time in their lives, making the disease the second leading cause of cancer death in America. For some of these patients, a new minimally invasive procedure can help them avoid surgery and the side effects that may follow.

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Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy

Using the Body's Own Defenses to Fight Cancer

This summer the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago named immunotherapy its Advance of the Year for 2016. This approach to treatment is being called possibly an even greater breakthrough than chemotherapy.

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Starve a Cancer, Feed a Patient

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Starve a Cancer, Feed a Patient

Starve a Cancer, Feed a Patient

A professor in the UAB School of Health Professions and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Barbara Gower, PhD, serves as director of the metabolism core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and is a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Regulatory/Compliance

Significant Stark Physician Compensation Settlements Continue in the South

Significant Stark Physician Compensation Settlements Continue in the South

Unfortunately for most healthcare providers, the Office of Inspector General of the US Department of Health & Human Services (OIG) continues to demand and receive large settlements under the Physician Self-Referral Law found at 42 US Code Section 1395nnn (Stark Act).

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Grand Rounds

Children's Honors Porter and McCrary

Children's Honors Porter and McCrary

Margaret M. Porter and Charles D. McCrary, two long-time members of the Children's of Alabama Board of Trustees, have been honored for their service to the state's only freestanding pediatric hospital with the establishment of endowed chairs in their names.

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Kassouf to Hold MACRA Workshop

On November 30th, Kassouf & Co. will hold a workshop to provide an overview of the newest release of the MACRA policies, as well as a deep dive into both the MIPS and APM options.

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Lemak Sports Medicine earns MRI accreditation by IAC

Lemak Sports Medicine located in Gardendale has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in MRI in the area of Musculoskeletal MRI.

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Phoenix to Begin Construction on Senior Living Communities

Phoenix Senior Living will break ground on two new senior living communities in Alabama - The Phoenix at Eagle Point in Birmingham and The Phoenix at Madison in Huntsville.

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Renowned Researcher Joins UAB

Renowned Researcher Joins UAB

James Bibb, PhD has joined the UAB Department of Surgery as professor and vice chair of Basic Research. His research focuses on signal transduction as it pertains to cognition, neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, and cancer.

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