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If you’re trying to reach new clients with your case management, disease management, or preventive health services, Judy Diamond Associates has several directories that may help you target your marketing efforts more effectively.
The directories are available in book, diskette, or CD form. To order any of the directories described below, contact Judy Diamond Associates, 1900 L St., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Telephone: (202) 728-0840, or (800) 231-0669. Fax: (202) 728-0845. Web site: www.judydiamond.com.
• 2001 National Directory of Small Employers Cafeteria Plans. Directories are available for 130 geographical regions. Cost varies by region, but ranges from a low of $80 for a directory of Delaware with 510 entries to $395 for a directory of Northern Colorado with more than 3,400 entries.
• 2001 American Directory of Group Insurance Plans. Directories are available for 79 geographic regions. Cost varies by region, but ranges from $100 for Alaska with 153 entries to $495 for Minnesota with more than 4,500 entries.
• 2001 American Directory of Self-funded Group Plans. Directories are available for 64 geographic regions. Cost varies by region, but ranges from $100 for New Mexico with 262 entries to $495 for Massachusetts with more than 4,700 entries. These directories also identify companies with self-funded workers’ compensation plans.
Telephone interviewers contacted each plan or employer listed in the directories in the second or third quarter of 2000 to obtain the most updated marketing information possible, including:
• correct addresses;
• contact names and titles;
• telephone and fax numbers of decision makers.
Internet versions of these directories are also available by subscription. A free on-line demonstration of this service is available on the publisher’s Web site at www.judydiamond.com.
Have you ever been unsure whether a client qualified for Medicaid? Do you know how a reverse mortgage works? Do you know which assets are exempt from Medicaid transfer penalty rules?
National Information Services Corp. (NISC) in Baltimore recently released an updated version of the Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology, which answers the questions above and many others critical to geriatric care management. The reference contains overviews of 12 critical subjects in elder care, including Medicare, Medicaid, home care, and Social Security. In addition, it includes:
• definitions of more than 850 nonmedical terms commonly encountered in legislation, regulations, programs, and policies relating to elder care;
• a glossary of acronyms and abbreviations used in elder care vocabulary;
• a topical index providing quick reference to specific areas of interest to elder care professionals.
The Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology, Second Edition, costs $39.95 plus shipping and handling. In addition, residents of Maryland must add 5% sales tax. For more information or to order, contact NISC, Wyman Towers, 3100 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Telephone: (410) 243-0797. Fax: (410) 243-0982. E-mail: email@example.com. Information on this and other NISC resources is also available on the publisher’s Web site at www.nisc.com.
• March 19-21: "Care Management: A Collaboration of Disease and Case Management — the First National Conference of the Academy of Certified Case Managers" in combination with the National Managed Health Care Congress (NMHCC), held in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Sponsored by the Academy of Certified Case Managers in Green’s Farm, CT. Cost is $350 for ACCM members and $450 for nonmembers. Participants receive access to NMHCC keynote sessions and pre-conference URAC sessions, as well as the NMHCC exhibit hall. In addition, participants may receive access to all NMHCC sessions for an additional $595. To register, contact: ACCM, P.O. Box 210, Green’s Farm, CT 06436-0210. Telephone: (203) 259-9333. Fax: (203) 259-9311. To exercise the add-on option for access to NMHCC sessions, contact NMHCC directly at (888) 882-2500.
• March 28-30: "10th Anniversary Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Seminar" held at the Wyndham Emerald Plaza in San Diego. Sponsored by SEAK Legal and Medical Information Systems in Falmouth, MA. Cost is $595. In addition, two pre-conferences — "Delayed Recovery: What Works" and "Law School for Occupational Health Professionals"— are available for $295 each on March 27. To register, contact: SEAK, P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541. Telephone: (508) 457-1111. Fax: (508) 540-8304. Web site: www.seak.com.
Baxter Healthcare in Deerfield, IL, recently launched three Internet-based continuing educational programs for clinicians on nutritional issues. The programs are free to any clinician with access to the Internet at www.baxter.com/ce-program.
The programs are:
• "Initiation of Parenteral Nutrition in the Adult;"
• "Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition;"
• "Introduction to Home Parenteral Nutrition."
The programs are designed to support professionals in reducing the risk of clinical error. They provide immediate test results on-line and offer 1.2 contact hours for nurses and 1.0 contact hours for pharmacists of continuing education credit.
In addition, Baxter offers 10 other on-line educational programs for nurses, pharmacists, and dieticians. Those include:
• "The Basics of IV Therapy;"
• "Preventing Medical Errors;"
• "Basics of Pain Management for Adults."
The interactive programs provide health care professionals with convenient post-testing, immediate test results, and a completion certificate. Programs can be downloaded or printed for future reference.
The Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund in Torrance, CA, recently launched www.breastlink.com, which provides reviews of medical journal articles on breast cancer. Medical writers review scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals and publish an analysis in layman’s language. In addition, each review contains a commentary from a medical expert. Reviews are provided in both English and Spanish.
"Our site provides reliable, in-depth, unbiased analysis of leading-edge research and information regarding innovations in breast cancer treatment," notes John Link, MD, chairman and founder of the nonprofit organization.
Link notes that breastlink.com has no economic interest, but rather is supported totally by the nonprofit foundation. In addition, he says the site collects no user information and requires no registration to enter or navigate the site.