Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S.      

“It’s getting old,” says Donald J. Jones, FACHE, administrator for Fayette Medical Center, about the looming Medicaid shortfall recently decided by the Alabama legislature.  ...Read More

 



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Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S. | Medicaid, rural hospitals, RCOs, regional care organizations, Alabama Medicaid, Fayette Medical Center, Donald Jones, Alabama Hospital Association, Rosemary Blackmon, Birmingham Medical News, Jane Ehrhardt
Rural Communities Vulnerable to Upcoming Medicaid Cuts Alabama has Most Restrictive Eligibilities in the U.S.

“It’s getting old,” says Donald J. Jones, FACHE, administrator for Fayette Medical Center, about the looming Medicaid shortfall recently decided by the Alabama legislature. Every year the cycle repeats, he says, and every year, the state finds a way. “But it feels different this year. I’m concerned.”


 
Pediatrics Office Will Not Open Due to Medicaid Cuts
Pediatrics Office Will Not Open Due to Medicaid Cuts
The Legislature was warned. It was warned that underfunding Medicaid would result in the loss of both access to care and jobs. The first casualty of the General Fund budget has already occurred, and it took less than a week.
 
UAB Case Competition Helps Students Prepare for Real-World Healthcare Challenges
UAB Case Competition Helps Students Prepare for Real-World Healthcare Challenges
A group of people sit around an office table with folders of data in front of them, brainstorming ideas to meet the new challenges faced by their organization. It's a common sight at hospitals everywhere.
 
WOMEN'S HEALTH FOCUS

Pelvic Pain Specialist Helps Restore Women’s Lives
Pelvic Pain Specialist Helps Restore Women’s Lives
Many women live with chronic pelvic pain, one of the most common and disabling medical problems. Because so many of these women have complex issues that require ongoing treatment, Alex Childs, MD, decided to become a pelvic pain specialist.
 
Urogynecology Specialty Focuses on Female Pelvic Floor Disorders
 
Ovarian Cancer Patients Do Not Benefit from Dose-Dense Chemotherapy  | ovarian cancer chemotherapy; GOG 252; UAB clinical trial for ovarian cancer; paclitaxel and bevacizumab
Ovarian Cancer Patients Do Not Benefit from Dose-Dense Chemotherapy
Ovarian cancer is responsible for about 14,000 deaths in the United States every year. A better understanding of treatments for this lethal cancer is leading researchers to further investigate the outcomes of some studies that may be raising as many questions as answers.
 
BIOTECH FOCUS

Unlocking the Promise | human induced pluripotent stem cells, HiPSCs, UAB Stem Cell Institute, Kejin Hu PHD, spinal cord injuries, neurodegenerative diseases
Unlocking the Promise
UAB Team Increases Stem Cell Reprogramming 20-Fold

The possibilities are tantalizingly close, and almost--but not quite--within our grasp.


 
The Guesswork Is Almost Over | iCubate, iC-GPC assay, Jian Han MD PHD, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, gram positive bacteria, MRSA, staph
The Guesswork Is Almost Over

Instead of waiting for cultures and plate counts, soon iCubate DNA assays could be telling you exactly what gram positive bacteria you are fighting.


 
The Search for New Antibiotics | Antibiotic, Metagenome, iXpressGenes,  HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, A J Singhal, Chemical and Biological Defense Division, Department of Defense, Shawn Levy, PHD, Mark Liles, PHD, resistant bacteria, anthrax, permafrost, sea vent
The Search for New Antibiotics
A humble bread mold launched the age of antibiotics, proving itself a powerful weapon against infection on the battlefields of World War II. Now, less than a century later, there are growing fears that we could be approaching the end of that age all too soon.
 
Healthcare Spotlight

Heslin Shapes Cancer Care Teams
Heslin Shapes Cancer Care Teams
Martin Heslin, MD has accrued an impressive list of accomplishments in his life. Named chief of the medical staff at UAB Health System in 2014, he added a new accolade, executive vice chair of the department of surgery, this year.
 
Guest Writers

CMS Releases New Stark Exceptions for Timeshare Arrangements and Assistance to Recruit Non-Physician Practitioners
In its Final Rule addressing changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and Part B payments for CY 2016, CMS also buried two new exceptions to the physician self-referral law. The Final Rule took effect January 1, 2016 (the “Final Rule”).
 
Don’t Fall Victim to Cyber-Security Disasters
Every day, the news is filled with more reports of cyber-security attacks. Unfortunately, the healthcare community is considered a prime target for hackers who want to gain access to confidential information. Stolen medical records can be valued at up to 10 or 20 times that of a credit card number.
 
New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"), greatly expanding who will be considered a fiduciary when providing "investment advice" to retirement plans.
 
New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"), greatly expanding who will be considered a fiduciary when providing "investment advice" to retirement plans.
 
New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans
On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"), greatly expanding who will be considered a fiduciary when providing "investment advice" to retirement plans.
 
Grand Rounds

May 2016 Grand Rounds
 


Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool
Title: Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool
Category: Health News
Created: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 am CDT

No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods
Title: No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in 'Walkable' Neighborhoods
Category: Health News
Created: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More
Title: Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More
Category: Health News
Created: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Title: Weight-Loss Surgery Helps Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Category: Health News
Created: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 am CDT

Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50
Title: Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50
Category: Health News
Created: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 am CDT

More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat
Title: More Evidence That Smog a Heart Threat
Category: Health News
Created: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 5/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:00 am CDT


Most Drugs Aren't Tested on Pregnant Women. This Anti-nausea Cure Shows Why That's a Problem - ProPublica

ProPublica

Most Drugs Aren't Tested on Pregnant Women. This Anti-nausea Cure Shows Why That's a Problem
ProPublica
Three days after her son, Zaidan, was born in April 2014, cardiologists at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham performed open-heart surgery, but a blood clot caused the baby to have a heart attack and his kidneys began to fail. .... Not so ...

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Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:05 am CDT

A family tradition - Times-Journal

Times-Journal

A family tradition
Times-Journal
On May 15, Eleanor Isbell Mathews and Jon Isbell secured a diploma from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. It is the same university every doctor in the family graduated from, and as Eleanor and Jon entered for their ceremony ...

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:37 pm CDT

The Detroit News' 2016 Outstanding Graduates - The Detroit News

The Detroit News

The Detroit News' 2016 Outstanding Graduates
The Detroit News
The following high school seniors, nominated by their schools, have been chosen as The Detroit News' Outstanding Graduates for 2016, a program that partners with CATCH, Sparky Anderson's Charity for Children. Students across Michigan were selected on ...

Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:32 am CDT