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Patients, Doctors Dissatisfied with Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records are intended to streamline and improve access to information — and have been shown to improve quality of care — but a new study shows they also leave both doctors and patients unsatisfied, even after full implementation. The study, by researchers at Lehigh University and the Lehigh Valley Health Network, surveyed physicians, mid-level providers and […]

FY 2019 ICD-10 Code Changes Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the fiscal year 2019 ICD-10-CM code changes, which become effective Oct. 1. The changes include 473 total new code changes with 279 new codes, 143 revised codes, 51 deactivated codes, and 39 additional changes added from a proposed rule list. There are changes to the International […]

Association Special Committee Looks at Solving Manpower Shortage

MONTGOMERY – Earlier this week, the Association’s Manpower Shortage Task Force met in person for the first time to begin addressing a resolution adopted by the House of Delegates at the 2018 Annual Meeting in April. The resolution, submitted by the Pickens County Medical Society, directs the Association’s new task force to develop and restore […]

Study: Doctors Reduced Opioid Prescriptions after Learning a Patient Overdosed

Will clinicians become more careful in prescribing opioids if they are made of aware of the risks of these drugs first-hand? That was one of the core questions researchers set out to explore in a new study published in the August 2018 issue of Science. In doing so, they found that many clinicians do not learn […]

CVS Health to Begin MinuteClinic Video Visits through App

CVS Health is rolling out a new virtual health care offering for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, skin conditions and other wellness needs through the company’s MinuteClinic section of the CVS app. MinuteClinic Video Visits, a telehealth offering via Teledoc, will provide patients with access to health care services 24 hours a day, seven […]

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Medicare Certification Extended

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, the second largest hospital in the metro Birmingham area, received an 11th-hour reprieve Thursday night with regulators from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accepted the facility’s action, thus allowing the hospital to continue its Medicare and Medicaid billing privileges. However, the facility is not out hot water just yet. […]