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 Birmingham Archives 2010

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A Twist in the Traditional In-house Care Programs Keep Seniors in Their Homes
Seniors with dementia used to be shuttled to nursing homes at the first sign of frailty or faulty thoughts. But new care-taking options have evolved in Birmingham that now allow many to stay in their homes.
Jane Ehrhardt

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Dr. Richard Brown Finishes 38 Year Practice
Richard Brown, MD, knew early in his life that he wanted to help people.
Ann B. DeBellis

Grand Rounds October

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New Radiation System Treats Lumpectomy Patients with One Dose
Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham is the first hospital in Alabama to acquire a new radiation platform designed to replace as many as six and a half weeks of routine radiation therapy...
Ann B. DeBellis

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Nursing Now

New Strategies Take On Old Challenges—and Evolving Complications

When nurses discuss their profession, much of what they say would sound familiar to nurses a generation ago.
Laura Freeman

RAC Audits Start for Physician Practices

In the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Congress required a permanent and national Recovery Audit Contractor ("RAC") program to be in place by January 1, 2010.


Literary Examiner

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Nursing Horizons

Redefining The Future

Converging tides are fundamentally changing America’s health care system.
Laura Freeman

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The Montessori Treatment Approach to Dementia
"Before we implemented this program, we averaged 20 disruptive behaviors a month. Now we have about eight," says Liz Shoemate, MS CCC SLP, rehab director and speech language pathologist at Civic Center Health and Rehabilitation.
Jane Ehrhardt

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Geriatric Physician Adapts to Medicare Changes with Sideline Business
In the next few months, Medicare is rolling out Independence at Home, another program revolving around bundled reimbursements. This one aims to keep seniors in their home as long as possible for their comfort and to alleviate moves to more costly care-giving centers, like nursing homes.
Jane Ehrhardt

HHS Issues Final Plan to Ease Burdensome Regulations

Birmingham Medical News

As directed by President Obama in Executive Order 13563, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) has issued its final plan (the “Plan”) for reviewing and modifying burdensome regulations.
Jennifer Tyler

Nurse As Nexus

A More Effective Strategy For Managing Health Care Costs?

In talking with nurses, one of the most frequent concerns they voiced was the feeling of being in a double bind between doing what’s best for their patient and doing what third party payers require to approve reimbursement.
Laura Freeman