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Primary Care Providers:
Free Alcohol/Drug Conference
MAT Waiver Training
March 19-21





"Through with Chew Week"
Feb. 18-22
Get Help and
Kick the Habit


New Anti-Kickback Law
Targets Clinical Lab


New Statistics Show
Doctors Positively
Impacting Opioid Epidemic

Are You Interested in Becoming a DATA-Waived Physician?

Enhanced Payment Rates Available The Alabama Department of Mental Health is interested in partnering with physicians and other medical professionals who provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in the black belt counties and surrounding counties. As part of this initiative, ADMH is currently developing a Center of Excellence (COE) which will be located in one of these counties. […]

HHS Proposes New Rules to Improve Interoperability of EHI

Could new innovations in technology promote patient access and make no-cost health data exchange a reality for millions? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange and use of electronic health information. The rules, issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

Analysis: Pulling Back Curtain on Hospital Prices Adds New Wrinkle in Cost Control

As President Donald Trump was fighting with Congress over the shutdown and funding for a border wall, his administration implemented a new rule that could be a game changer for health care. Starting this month, hospitals must publicly reveal the contents of their master price lists — called “chargemasters” — online. These are the prices that most […]

‘Through With Chew Week’ Highlights Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco Use

Smokeless tobacco may not be getting as much press as e-cigarettes and vaping, but it is as addictive and has many harmful side effects. The Medical Association is joining with the Alabama Department of Public Health to encourage smokeless tobacco users to quit the spit during “Through With Chew Week,” Feb. 18-22. The education campaign […]

A New Anti-Kickback Law Targets Clinical Lab Marketing Arrangements

Some very important and potentially game-changing legislation was recently passed. On Oct. 24, 2018, Congress enacted the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (or EKRA) – a statute that potentially eliminates legal protections (i.e., “safe harbors”) used by clinical laboratories to market their services. EKRA is part of the “Support for Patients and Communities […]

Attention Primary Care Providers: Alcohol and Drug Conference is March 19-21

  See also: Are You Interested in Becoming a DATA-Waived Physician? Alabama Department of Mental Health has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health on a grant to increase awareness of substance use disorders among primary care professionals. This grant will allow ADMH to pay the registration fee only for any of the following to […]