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Statement by the Medical Association of Alabama on the Recent Alabama Supreme Court Ruling on the Legal Status of Embryos

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama expresses concern over the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision regarding the legal status of embryos, as it relates to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures that may result in a woman becoming pregnant.  The significance of this decision impacts all Alabamians and will likely lead to fewer babies—children, grandchildren, […]

OCR Issues Guidance on Visitation Discrimination
in Hospitals and Long Term Care Facilities

By: Angie C. Smith, Burr & Forman LLP Visitation in long-term care facilities and hospitals received a lot of attention during COVIDbecause of facility closures that led to limited visitation, and it is now a topic of interest for theOffice of Civil Rights (OCR) due to discrimination concerns. On January 25, 2024, OCR issuedguidance to […]

Dr. Regina Benjamin: A Trailblazer in Medicine Honored with the Samuel Buford Word Award

In the realm of healthcare, the name Dr. Regina Benjamin resonates as a beacon of inspiration and change. As the first African American President of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and the 18th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Benjamin’s illustrious career is marked by a profound commitment to service, advocacy, […]

Cyber-attacks on the Rise (Once Again…)

By: Kelli C. Fleming, Esq., Burr & Forman Cyber-attacks within the healthcare industry are continuing to rise, despite increased awareness, security measures, and training. The attacks are not only becoming more far-reaching, with each attack impacting more and more patient data, but are also more prevalent as well. Threat actors do not discriminate against victims, […]

Updated: Remote Patient Monitoring

This article is an update to “Remote Patient Monitoring” published in the Fall 2023 editionof the Alabama Medicine Magazine. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Officeof the Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a Consumer Fraud Alert related to Remote PatientMonitoring (“RPM”) on November 21, 2023. This alert provided insight into RPM practicessubject to scrutiny […]

The Potential Dangers of Semaglutide for Prescribers

By Angie C. Smith, Burr & Forman Semagludtide, the drug contained in medications such as Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus, has received significant attention over the past few months as those medications have grown in popularity for weight loss.  Although most publicity and warnings of potential side effects are directed to those taking the medications, prescribers, […]

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