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vor labFrom left: Mark Swanson, Katherine Weise, Jennifer Christy, Claudio Busettini in the VORLab.A new research laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the first of this kind in Alabama and one of only a few in America, could lead to a better understanding of the effects of concussions.

Story written by Bob Shepard, UAB News

lemak fee for serviceFee-for-value — a physician reimbursement model that maintains the traditional fee-for-service arrangement but includes quality and spending incentives — can reduce spending and improve quality in primary care, according to findings reported in the April issue of Health Affairs.

A new study, led by Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., the chair of the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Health Services Administration, suggests that it is possible to transform reimbursement within a fee-for-service framework to encourage and incentivize physicians to provide high-quality care, while also reducing costs.

*Editor's Note: Dhara Shah spoke of her dreams and the dreams of her family at the SHP Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, March 13, 2015. She was gracious enough to allow us to share her story and we thank her for her generosity.

Dhara Shaw at SHP Scholarship LuncheonDhara Shah at SHP Scholarship LuncheonWelcome to the SHP Scholarship luncheon! I stand before you because of the generosity of the family and friends of Ms. Shirley Shaddeau and the physical therapy alumni that chose to make a difference by donating to the Shirley Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship. I personally want to extend my gratitude to you. Also, thank you to the faculty and staff of the school of health professions and especially all the scholarship donors for dedicating your time to be with us this afternoon.

robert maldonadoRobert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D.Researchers from the University of Alabama at BirminghamSchool of Health Professions have been awarded $1.25 million by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to better understand the management and market factors associated with high performance among nursing homes that have a high proportion, 85 percent or greater, of Medicaid residents.