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There are several new seminars, conferences, books, and Web sites that can benefit your agency and keep you up-to-date on the latest issues and developments in the field. Here is a representative selection:
Education for all
Baxter Healthcare Corp. in Deerfield, IL, is launching three new Internet-based continuing education programs. These on-line home study programs provide nurses with 1.2 contact hours and pharmacists with 1 contact hour of continuing education credit and cover the following areas: Initiation of Parenteral Nutrition in the Adult; Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition and Hydration Therapies in Long-Term Care; and Introduction to Home Parenteral Nutrition. Baxter also offers courses in IV therapy, basic pain management, and preventing medication errors. Baxter’s courses are accredited by the American College of Pharmaceutical Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. (For more information, contact Baxter Healthcare Corp. at (847) 948-2000.)
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has unveiled its Spring 2001 seminar series. The 21-seminar series will focus on such topics as: Supervisory Management for Healthcare Financial Managers; Medicare Reimbursement Strategies for Healthcare Executives; Understanding and Evaluating Managed Care Contracts; Healthcare Compliance Plans; Preparing Financially for HIPAA; and Collections, Billing & Receivables Management. The courses will be offered in Chicago (March 19-22), Boston (March 26-27), Hilton Head, SC (April 2-5) and Las Vegas (May 7-10). (For more information on course offerings and prices, visit HFMA’s Web site at www.hfma.org.)
Need an interpreter?
In light of the 14 new "culturally and linguistically appropriate standards" for health care providers that was published by the Depart-ment of Health and Human Services in the Dec. 22, 2000 Federal Register, interpreters are going to be increasingly familiar faces in the home care world. (See LegalEase, in this issue.) You might want to check out the following Web sites as a starting point for making your facility culturally and linguistically compliant:
Books and manuscripts
• The Home Care Information Technology Council’s Fall 2000 Resource Guide is now available at no charge from Stony Hill. This guide covers a wealth of information on the prospective payment system (PPS) (1,000 pages in all), including the training manual and the more than 700 pages of the Health Care Financing Administration’s PPS resource site. Developed by 20 leading home care software vendors, the guide includes more than 4,500 pages of reference material, Medicare manuals, and instructions for the Outcomes and Assessment Information Set. To obtain a free CD, contact stony hill@ prodigy.net.
The Healthcare Intelligence Network has several publications geared to home care and the Internet:
• The 2000 Guide to Disease Management on the Internet provides readers with information about on-line organizations and disease management technologies. Among the features are: state of the art technology developments and what they mean for you; company profiles of organizations already utilizing the Internet for their disease management programs; the future of on-line disease management, and interviews with industry experts. Cost is $99.
• e-Healthcare: Harness the Power of Internet e-Commerce & e-Care gives home care professionals practical advice for planning and launching e-services. Covered in the book are topics such as Web services that can build consumer and patient relationships as well as time and money-saving options for home care agencies looking to offer more e-services. Cost is $85.72.
• e-Health Business Strategies, Second Edition, is filled with articles on health organizations’ Internet strategies, the ways in which health plans are using the Internet to save money and improve patient relationships, and how medical groups are using the Internet to improve relationships with not only their patients but their vendors as well. Cost is $50.
• e-Healthcare Market Reporter is a semimonthly, electronic newsletter that delivers news on the emerging trends that are taking place in the medical community with respect to the Internet. Subscribers also are given access to a free, key-word search of the newsletter’s archives. Cost is $477 for a year. (Choose between HTML or PDF formats.)
(To order, contact Healthcare Intelligence Network on-line at www.hin.com.)