Federal health reform is expected to increase the number of non-native English speakers with insurance. Refugees living in City Heights say they already need a more culturally competent health care experience. Plus, claims of coercion in recent drug smuggling across the US border could signal a new tactic being used by drug cartels.
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Tampa, FL and Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) December 07, 2012
Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions, the leading provider of online education, compliance training and record-keeping for the senior care industry, announced it was chosen by Jarlette Health Services, one of Ontarios premier providers of retirement and long-term care communities, to deliver online training and record-keeping to Jarlette Health Services more than 1,550 staff members across 12 long-term care communities and 5 retirement communities. Staff of Jarlette Health Services will have access to more than 500 courses to train both frontline and administrative staff running on the Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions industry-leading Learning and Performance Engine (LMS).
Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions brings a web-based platform with access to an extensive library of educational topics, allowing our staff to grow personally and professionally, while the tracking system provides a central repository to record and manage outstanding and completed course information, noted Julia King, Jarlette Health Services Director Long Term Care Operations.
Jarlette Health Services chose Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions as its sole online training partner in an effort to ensure the training and education they were providing was relevant, current, focused on emerging trends and industry issues, and based on best practices. They also recognized a need to empower each home to personalize and customize the training it provided while standardizing the delivery and trackingall of which was achievable with the Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions system.
With online training and record-keeping from Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions, staff of Jarlette Health Services will have the opportunity to complete education and training using a highly user-friendly online platform. Additionally, each long-term care community and retirement community can customize training for its homes and lodges, incorporating additional materials, policies and specific procedures.
We are excited about bringing Jarlette on to our ever growing roster of Canadian senior care providers. Our robust training library is specifically customized to the unique care demands in Canada and we continue to leverage the markets leading subject matter experts on care, regulatory and service issues to ensure that we are driving consistent and relevant content, noted Tamar Abell, President of Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions.
At Jarlette Health Services, we believe that our staff are our greatest asset and believe that our partnership with Care2Learn/Upstairs Solutions strengthens the education and development programs offered in each of our homes and lodges, creating efficiencies for our staff and managers while providing them with the most current and up-to-date education available, King mentioned. We look forward to our partnership and are confident that this initiative will continue to make an outstanding difference in the lives of our staff, while promoting the best quality care of our residents.
Care2Learn delivers superior online education and training for the senior care industry and holds more than 70 state and national accreditations. Through its award-winning healthcare Learning and Performance Engine, Care2Learn offers individual courses as well as large-scale provider training solutions for healthcare organizations featuring customizable and easily accessible online universities with a full range of tracking and reporting features. With an online library exceeding 500 courses authored by more than 150 subject matter experts, Care2Learn serves more than 4,000 healthcare organizations and more than 500,000 professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 2000, Care2Learn is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and is the recipient of numerous community honors and industry rewards. In 2012 Care2Learn merged with healthcare eLearning and record-keeping provider Upstairs Solutions to provide even more products and services for its online users. For further information, visit http://www.Care2Learn.com or http://www.Care2LearnEnterprise.com.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has recalled its generic version of Pfizer Inc’s cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor in the United States after certain batches were found to contain glass particles.
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Perrigo Co. has built competitive advantages and diversified its revenue sources to help sustain future growth, according to a Barrington Research analyst who upgraded the stock and issued a glowing review of prospects for the company, which makes store-brand over-the-counter drugs and infant formulas.
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(Reuters) – Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company’s Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.
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Los Angeles, CA / Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 28, 2012
Sensis and White Horse released the last of three reports on Hispanic retail mobile use, entitled, Hispanic In-Store Mobile Experience: The Role of Culture. Like the previous reports, Social Shopping and The Deals Ethic, The Role of Culture presents findings based on a study of Hispanic mobile use during shopping. By understanding the Hispanic culture and their mobile habits, brands and retailers can more effectively design in-store experiences that are further in line with user desires.
Where Social Shopping focused on the social nature of Hispanic shopping and The Deals Ethic examined the value proposition for Hispanic shoppers, The Role of Culture shows how retail marketing and promotions should reflect an understanding of Hispanic culture. Uncovering cultural insights is a necessary step to designing and executing the optimal digital experience.
Unfortunately, retailers dont demonstrate a cultural sensitivity toward Hispanics beyond using Spanish in their materials, Sensis President Jos
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
With HHS issuing a final rule that establishes October 2014 as the deadline for ICD-10 compliance, physicians and medical personnel are girding themselves for what many perceive to be a complex labyrinth of documentation.
ICD-10 is the acronym for the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). This diagnosis code set will replace ICD-9 and expand the number of codes from 17,000 to approximately 141,000.
In a recent survey of 480 physicians, administrators, office managers and billers, Attitudes Toward the Transition to ICD-10 and ANSI-5010, conducted by Nuesoft Technologies, 96 percent of the respondents reported that they are concerned about the potential impact of the transition to ICD-10. In fact, 60 percent of all respondents indicated that they are significantly or highly concerned.
By comparison, when asked about the impact of the January 2012 adoption of ANSI 5010, 64 percent indicated it had a negative impact on their practice. Three months later, 50 percent of the respondents indicated they were either not at all or only minimally upset. The other 50 percent responded that they were moderately, significantly or highly upset.
Respondents also expect that the ICD-10 transition will significantly affect their practice. More than 73 percent of the respondents anticipate the process will negatively impact their operations and finances, as well as their personal and staff state of mind.
Physicians continue to be unfairly burdened by the rising cost of the reimbursement process and interruptions to their workflow, said Massoud Alibakhsh, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nuesoft Technologies, Inc., a leader in the development of practice management, medical billing and EHR software.
The transition to ICD-10 will be one of the most significant changes the physician practice community has ever undertaken. The more detailed level of specificity required by ICD-10 will impact all practice management processes, including documentation, billing, workflow, and quality reporting. In addition, practice software systems will need to be upgraded, and physicians and responsible staff will need extensive training to successfully make the transition.
Most physicians are dreading the change to ICD-10 because the number of codes and level of specificity will increase exponentially, said Barbara Dunn, president of MedRecovery Solutions, Inc., a large billing firm that works with practices throughout the country to optimize operations through appropriate coding and billing.
Julie Nobles, president of Premiere Medical Billing, echoed Dunns concern. Most physicians I have spoken with are worried about the rollout of ICD-10 because they are not certain the increased costs and staff hours justify the change to a new and larger set of diagnostic codes.
Yet, for some physicians, the impending transition is being taken in stride. According to Robert Goldman, M.D., the founding physician of Georgia Hormones, We wanted to stay ahead of the curve so the transition to ICD-10 would be as streamlined as possible. Our practice coding specialist, as well as all of our physicians, finished a course this year all about ICD-10 and the new diagnosis codes. Even though the list of codes will be the size of ten Manhattan phone books, we are prepared. In fact, Europe has been using ICD-10 codes successfully since 2002.
AAPC, the nation’s largest training and credentialing organization for medical coding, auditing, compliance and practice management, offers several courses on ICD-10 implementation. According to Rhonda Buckholtz, the organizations vice president responsible for ICD-10 training and education, Most often the response we receive from attendees after completing the training is that they no longer fear ICD-10.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has stressed that ICD-10 will provide more specific data than ICD-9 and better reflect current medical practices. CMS, a division of Health and Human Services, indicated that the added detail embedded within ICD-10 codes will inform health care providers and health plans of patient incidence and history, which improves the effectiveness of case management and care coordination functions.
The ICD-10 transition is one example of the many challenges facing medical practices today. Others challenges expressed by physicians include:
Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
Schumacher Group, one of the nations fastest growing emergency medicine management companies, will be hosting a variety of events, sponsorships and speakers at the 2012 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Denver, Oct. 8-10.
Before the official start of the ACEP event, SG will be sponsoring, along with Blue Jay Consulting and MedicAlert, this years Urgent Matters conference a seminar that occurs in conjunction with the Scientific Assembly as a one day session on Oct. 7. The focus is on health care policies, the new era of health care reform, and how changes will affect emergency department patient flow across the U.S., with guest speakers including Mark McClelland, DNP, RN and Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University; Brent R. Asplin, MD, President of Fairview Clinics in Minnesota; Suzanne Stone-Griffith, RN, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA); Blue Jay Consultings Chief Nursing Executive Jim Hoelz, MS, MBA, RN, CEN, FAEN; and Jesse Pines, MD, MBA. (*Attendance information to follow in Editors Notes.)
Following Urgent Matters, Schumacher Group will be present at the following events:
EMRA (Emergency Medicine Residency Association) Luncheon
Monday, Oct. 8, (11:50am 1pm) Sheraton Hotel – Mile High Ballroom – 4A
FEATURED SPEAKER: Mark A. Mitchell, DO, FACOEP, President – Emergency Medicine Division, Schumacher Group
Presenting: Your First EM Job: What Are You Looking For?
EMRA Job Fair
Monday, Oct. 8 (5 7pm) Colorado Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom – 3
AAWEP (American Association of Women Emergency Physicians) Breakfast
Monday, Oct. 8 (7:30 – 10:30am) Sheraton Hotel – Governor’s Square 10, Concourse Level
FEATURED SPEAKER: Beverly Gladney, MD, FACEP, Regional Medical Officer, Schumacher Group
Topic: Be Heard! Get Elected! EM womens roles in politics, hospital committees, boards, and more.
Emergency Medicine and Health System Reform Panel: What is EM’s True Value?
Wednesday, October 10 (4 6pm) Colorado Convention Center, Room 405
FEATURED PANELIST: Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP, CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Schumacher Group
Co-Presenting: Delivery System Reform
ACEP is a remarkable champion, not only for emergency physician practices, but also for the healthcare delivery system as a whole, stated Randy Pilgrim, MD, FACEP, CEO & Chief Medical Officer of Schumacher Group. We are proud to support this years event in such a meaningful way.
For additional details regarding the ACEP Scientific Assembly, visit http://www.acep.org. For additional information about Schumacher Group, visit schumachergroup.com or follow SG on Facebook at facebook.com/Schumachergroupcareers.
Caring for some 4 million patients annually, Schumacher Group is one of the largest emergency medical staffing and management companies in the U.S., as well as a health care resource for Hospital Medicine, Wellness Programs, Care Management, Urgent Care, Physical Therapy, and Billing & Coding. For more information, visit http://www.schumachergroup.com.
To attend the Oct. 7 Urgent Matters event, there is a registration fee of $ 75; but there is limited seating of 150 participants for the event. You do not have to be registered for the entire ACEP conference to attend, but pre-registration and payment is required. ACEP Delegates can attend Urgent Matters free of charge, but must pre-register. All other ACEP events are included in your ACEP registration.