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America’s ‘Other’ Health Emergency Needs Attention Too

Drug overdose deaths could surpass 100,000 in the U.S. for the first time ever By John Meigs, Jr., MD For the past 12 months, the nation’s medical community correctly and understandably focused nearly all its attention on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now with millions being vaccinated, we are hopefully about to turn the corner and can […]

Partnering with ALAHA to Celebrate 2021 Doctors’ Day

Today is a day set aside nationwide to honor the physicians who care for us every day of the year.  Doctors’ Day was established on March 30 in 1934, and later in 1991, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed National Doctors’ Day as a time for the nation to celebrate the dedication and leadership of physicians.  […]

American Rescue Plan Offers $940 Million for Medicaid Expansion and Other Benefits for Healthcare

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed by President Biden on Thursday, includes a number of key provisions that strengthen both public and private health insurance coverage. Among its Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provisions, the American Rescue Plan encourages states to finally take up the Medicaid expansion by offering even […]

Stutts, Melson Defend “Physician-Led” ADPH in Committee Hearing

A bill (SB 240) by optometrist and Senate Health Committee Chairman Jim McClendon (R-Springville) to abolish the position of state health officer and overhaul the entire Alabama Department of Public Health and all county health departments in the state passed committee on an 8-3 vote this week.  The opposing votes came from Sens. Larry Stutts […]

Rep. Kirk Hatcher Wins the Special General Election for Senate District 26

Democratic Candidate, State Rep. Kirk Hatcher, won the special general election against Republican candidate, William Greene, for Senate District 26 seat on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The seat was previously held by David Burkette (D). According to the Alabama Political Reporter, Hatcher received 4,565 votes of the 5,827 votes, 78.3%. He vacated his House District […]

Are You Ready for Your PPP Loan Audit?

By: Jim Hoover, Burr & Forman PPP loans received by individuals and businesses under the CARES Act will be audited (“reviewed”) by the SBA.  PPP loans of $2 million or more will automatically be audited by the SBA.  Many PPP loans of less than $2 million will also be audited. Borrowers will often receive notification […]