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Ethical and Legal Considerations for Caring for Patients Under the Influence of Medical Marijuana

By: Jessie Bekker, Burr & Forman, LLP In 2021, Alabama became one of thirty-eight states to legalize the medicinal use of cannabis. Though Alabama has yet to license any providers to prescribe it, an interesting question is how the consumption of medical cannabis by a patient before an appointment could impact the ability to obtain […]

Mobile Physician Becomes New President of Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Dr. George Koulianos sworn in during Association’s annual meeting George Koulianos, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., of Mobile was sworn in as the new President of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama during the Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, April 29th in Huntsville. Dr. Koulianos is the founder and medical director of The Center for Reproductive […]

OIG Unveils Telehealth Toolkit to Analyze Program Integrity Risks

By: Jim Hoover, Burr & Forman, LLP Over the course of the last year, audits of telehealth services and the associated claims data has continued to increase.  As a result, it may be useful for physician practices to conduct a compliance review of the telehealth claims they submitted since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]

Physician Workforce Act Addresses Alabama’s Doctor Shortage So Patients Get the Care They Need

By Julia M. Boothe, M.D. If it seems you are having to to wait longer to get a doctor appointment than you used to, it’s not your imagination. Alabama is experiencing a physician shortage, and the results can be far worse than a mere inconvenience for your schedule. The physician shortage means patients are experiencing […]


by Lindsey Phillips, Burr & Forman, LLP The first quarter of a new year often brings new laws, rules, regulations, and updates that have significant impact on the remainder of the year, and the first quarter of 2023 was no different. This article will briefly outline three of the most impactful healthcare law updates from […]

New DEA Requirements for Prescribers of Controlled Substances

The DEA has announced a new one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all DEA-registered practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid/substance use disorder. This new requirement will go into effect with all DEA registrations or renewals occurring on or after June 27, 2023. Beginning on June 27, 2023, physicians will be required to […]

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