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Major Changes Coming to 2021 E/M Coding

Considerable changes are being made to Medicare outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes. The transition will take effect on January 1, 2021 and will likely affect physicians across all specialties. The changes are currently restricted to new and established outpatient visits (CPT codes 99202-99205, 99211-99215) and will impact everyone who assigns codes, manages patient information, […]

Discussions with Decisionmakers: Finance Director Kelly Butler

About Kelly Butler: Kelly Butler was appointed as the Director of the Alabama Department of Finance by Governor Kay Ivey on December 1, 2018, after serving as acting State Finance Director since August 15, 2018. As the State’s chief financial officer, Butler serves as an advisor to the governor and the Legislature in all financial […]

Five Things to Consider When Selling Your Practice to a Private Equity Firm

By Howard Bogard, Burr Forman A growing number of physicians are selling their medical practices to private equity firms in order to “monetize” their practice, as well as to access capital and obtain operational efficiencies. In the Southeast, we are seeing consistent private equity activity in the specialties of anesthesiology, gastroenterology, dermatology, ophthalmology, oncology, ENT, […]

Physicians Perspective: Dr. Chris Adams Talks Telemedicine

Adversity and necessity mandate invention.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has been transformed almost overnight into a necessary medical tool for remaining connected to our patients.  Without warning, physicians suddenly found themselves in the position of adding communication technologies, learning regulatory requirements, and adapting to an entirely new way of interacting with patients, sometimes reinventing […]

Discussions with Decisionmakers: Senator Dan Roberts

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself – Primary occupation? Interests? Hobbies? Growing up, my family moved around a good bit, and we lived as far north as Buffalo, New York, and as far south as Mobile, Alabama. That said, I finished high school in Birmingham and went on to Auburn University where […]

Op-Ed: Alabama Medical Practices Hit Hard by COVID-19, Survey Finds

By:          John S. Meigs, Jr., MD, President Medical Association of the State of Alabama In a span of just a few months, the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we function as a society and has fundamentally altered our healthcare delivery system. It has exacerbated weaknesses in the infrastructure of health care and exposed […]