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Bogard to Chair Health Law Section of Alabama State Bar

Butler Named Dean of UAB School of Health Professions

Howard Bogard, a partner with Burr Forman, was recently appointed to serve as chair of the Alabama State Bar Association’s (ASB) Health Law Section. The Health Law Section of the ASB is open to members of the plaintiffs and defense bar who are involved in the health care Howard Bogard industry, including but not limited to various state and federal issues such as Medicare fraud and abuse, payment problems, merger and acquisition of health care entities, antitrust, fiscal management, peer review, provider malpractice, individual rights and Supreme Court actions. Bogard is the practice group leader of the Burr Forman Health Care Practice Group and also serves as the firm’s chief HIPPA compliance officer. His area of focus involves corporate and regulatory health care matters, including Stark and Anti-kickback and False Claims Act compliance, facility and professional licensure matters, HIPAA, physician practice formation, joint venture arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, certificate of need issues, Medicare and third-party audits and investigations, corporate compliance, and contract negotiations.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has named Andrew J. Butler, MPT, MBA, PhD, dean of the UAB School of Health Professions following a national search. Butler joins UAB from Georgia State University, where he is a professor of physical therapy Andrew J. Butler, MPT, MBA, PhD and associate dean for Research. Butler received his PhD in motor control from the University of Iowa. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Iowa, at Texas Women’s University in Houston and at Heinrich-Heine University in Germany. Prior to joining Georgia State in 2012, he was a faculty member in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

BCBS Promotes Williams Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has promoted Tyler Williams to Vice President, District and Consumer Sales. Williams has been with Blue Cross for 15 years. During his tenure, he has served as a Marketing Representative, Tyler Williams an Account Executive in Large Group Sales, District Sales Manager

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in the Montgomery District Office, and as Director of District and Consumer Sales. Williams has served on the boards of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the State of Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a 1994 graduate of The University of Auburn at Montgomery.

Grandview Names Employee of the Year Trussville resident Hai Nguyen was recently named Grandview Medical Center’s 2018 Employee of the Year. Mrs. Nguyen is a registered nurse. She has been employed by Grandview for three years and works in SurgiHai Nguyen cal Services. Prior to joining Grandview, she worked in geriatric care and also as a home health nurse.

Number of Premature Babies Born to Single Mothers Decreases Thanks to Partnership The number of premature births in Jefferson County has decreased thanks to the Nurse-Family Partnership, a program run by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing and the Jefferson County Department of Health. The program, which has been in the Birmingham area for a year, connects nurses who support pregnant mothers having their first baby. The nurses from the UAB School of Nursing provide weekly or biweekly home visits during pregnancy and throughout the first two years of the child’s life. The program is designed so the nurse and mother develop a strong relationship. The focus is on the first-time mother’s personal health, quality of caregiving and life course development — inspiring long-lasting change that benefits both the mother and child. It has been used around the country for nearly 40 years, including in Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, with great success. The program has grown to Walker County and will soon expand to Fayette County to provide care for mothers in rural areas. Interviews with the nurses and mothers are available with notice.

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FMC achieved a five-star rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. FMC is one of only of five hospitals in Alabama and one of 293 nationwide to receive this rating, placing FMC in the top 6.5 percent of the nation’s hospitals. The rating is based on mortality, readmissions, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. In addition, FMC Long Term Care ranked in the top six percent of similar facilities in the US for resident satisfaction based on a survey of residents.

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