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Addressing Opioid Addiction in America
Addressing Opioid Addiction in America

Even as the AMA works with physicians and other providers to address opioid addiction, the national epidemic continues to evolve.

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The Rise of Prior Authorizations
The Rise of Prior Authorizations

There are better things we could do for patient care than spending hours chasing down a prior authorization," says Jennifer Neal, administrator with Pulmonary and Sleep Associates in Birmingham.

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Letter to the Editor

In the July edition of the Birmingham Medical News, an article titled RNs Seek Independence, Expanded Responsibility through Advanced Training, implied that nurse anesthetists working unsupervised provide care equivalent to, or even better than, the care they provide under the supervision of a physician. We disagree.

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Providing CME Requires Effort, Attention, and Patience
Providing CME Requires Effort, Attention, and Patience

Continuing medical education (CME) programs are important to healthcare professionals. Few of us realize how much work goes into producing a CME event that is meaningful and affordable while qualifying as AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

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Where Medical Data Meets Information Technology
Where Medical Data Meets Information Technology

A couple of generations ago, doctors made house calls equipped with only their skills, a trusty bag, and maybe a notebook. Today, it's a data driven world, and the flood of digital information that can affect treatment decisions, interactions with other health providers and reimbursement is overwhelming.

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Alabama Sports Medicine Imaging Fellowship
Alabama Sports Medicine Imaging Fellowship

It may not be Rembrandt. In fact, the images can sometimes look more like a Picasso. But there is an art to becoming a radiologist that comes only with practice.

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Engaging Patients through Information Technology May Reduce Health Care Costs
Engaging Patients through Information Technology May Reduce Health Care Costs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has determined that patient engagement is essential to solving the cost and quality crisis in the United States health care system.

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UAB Bolsters Percentages While Prepping for MIPS
UAB Bolsters Percentages While Prepping for MIPS

Though the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for Medicare physicians does not take effect until 2019, UAB Medicine has already executed several successful campaigns to improve processes that will raise their MIPS rating.

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Book Review
Book Review

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By J. D. Vance

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Who's Ready for MACRA?
Who's Ready for MACRA?

With the 2017 reporting window rapidly closing, a recent AMA/KPMG survey finds less than 25 percent of physician decision-makers feels 'well prepared' to meet requirements.

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Voluntary Benefits: Time For An ERISA Checkup

Multiple benefit consultants report that participation by employees in voluntary benefits is on the rise, in part due to increases in cost sharing under group major medical plans as a result of healthcare reform.

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Integrated Solutions Conference Features FBI Agent on Cyber Security
Integrated Solutions Conference Features FBI Agent on Cyber Security

Integrated Solutions, a division of IT 4 the Planet, recently hosted a lunch and learn conference at the Wynfrey where FBI Special Agent Darren Mott spoke on cyber security.

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PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION: Getting Your Legal Structure Right With Tax Reform
PHYSICIAN COMPENSATION: Getting Your Legal Structure Right With Tax Reform
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First Do No Harm: National Safety Efforts Paying Off
First Do No Harm: National Safety Efforts Paying Off

While the work isn't finished, the latest data shows efforts to improve inpatient safety by implementing best practices are really paying off.

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St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County
St Vincent's Opens Hospital in Chilton County

For three years, Chilton County has been without a hospital, which at times, has been challenging for the community. For instance, last year, when a school bus crashed in Clanton, the children had to be driven 30 miles away to Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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2017: A Year of Uncertainty ... and Opportunity

PwC's Health Research Institute looks at areas of interest to the industry in 2017 starting with the looming questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

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Through the Looking Glass/Medicare Under a New Trump Administration
Through the Looking Glass/Medicare Under a New Trump Administration

What will be next for health care in the United States? While there have been some successes associated with the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") such as health insurance coverage available for some Americans that had previously not had such access and increased emphasis on core quality standards such as avoidance of hospital acquired infections1, there are more critics than proponents.

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New Software Platform Potentially Generates More Revenue
New Software Platform Potentially Generates More Revenue

ARCpoint Health has unveiled a new software tool to enable primary care physicians to garner greater reimbursements and better manage labs.

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Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange
Upheaval in Alabama's Health Exchange

Insurers have jumped ship on the health insurance marketplace in Alabama. Started in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the exchange has offered options by insurance carriers to all individuals and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

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2016 Health Care Year in Review
2016 Health Care Year in Review

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes - a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for-service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the health care system; provider consolidation; Alabama Medicaid's ongoing struggle to cover the cost of health care for our most needy citizens; and increased regulations for the health care industry.

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Making the Grade
Making the Grade

Long before the concept of 'patient engagement' became a rallying cry for the healthcare industry, Healthgrades was at work connecting the public to relevant information on providers and facilities in an effort to help patients make more informed decisions about care.

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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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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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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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