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Meet December's
Physician Giving Back
John Mark Vermillion, M.D.


BCBS Alabama
to No Longer
Cover OxyContin
Beginning in 2019


Can I Get a Witness?
Using Chaperones
in the Exam Room.


Lights, Camera…


REPORT: Nearly Half
of Resident Physicians
Report Burnout


Out of Chaos…Life…with John Mark Vermillion, M.D.

MONTGOMERY — The dictionary defines medical trauma as an injury to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent. However, Montgomery trauma specialist John Mark Vermillion, M.D., has his own personal definition. He’s worked since 2005 to build the River Region’s premiere trauma center, which is located at Baptist Medical Center South. This is Alabama’s fourth [...]

CMS Announces New Medicaid Opportunity to Expand Mental Health Treatment Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors outlining existing and new opportunities for states to design innovative service delivery systems for adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children with serious emotional disturbance (SED). The letter includes a new opportunity for states to receive authority to […]

BCBS Alabama to No Longer Cover OxyContin Beginning in 2019

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama will no longer cover OxyContin for members with the exception of Blue Advantage members. This is in response to concerns for members’ care and safety. Since 2015, opioid prescriptions in the U.S. and in Alabama have declined. Over the last two years, […]

Can I Get a Witness?: Chaperones in the Exam Room.

In 2018, the world of sports was rocked with the revelation that Larry Nassar, a physician for USA Gymnastics, used medical examinations as a pretext to molest nearly three hundred female gymnasts over a twenty-year period. Many of these young athletes were abused while their parents were in the examination room. News coverage of the […]

Largest Pediatric Study Shows Obesity Increases Asthma Risk in Children

ORLANDO – Ten percent of pediatric asthma cases could be avoided if childhood obesity were eliminated, according to research led by Nemours Children’s Health System. The research, published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, reported on the analysis of medical records of more than 500,000 children. The study is among the […]

Overshadowed by Opioids, Meth is Back and Hospitalizations Surge

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That […]