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Third Party Networks: Examine Industry Trends on Limited Provider Networks

Summary The marketplace economics driving reimbursement for compounds are almost identical to the ones that impacted traditional prescription drugs 15 years ago – ever decreasing payment for ingredients, the beginning identification of preferred suppliers over others, the denial of coverage for entire classes of medicines, and the formation of exclusive and limited provider networks. Even government programs like Medicaid and Medicare are under pressure to reduce drug spending by changing t...
International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)

ASCP CE / CPE Mobile App Download for Geriatric & Long Term Care Pharmacy

Professional Development for improving the lives of seniors. Find accredited continuing education opportunities designed for pharmacists in geriatrics. Download the FREE mobile app onto your mobile device by visiting wwwCareerTapp.com
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Principles and Clinical Applications of Flow Cytometry, 4th Edition (CE)

This course includes two major parts. The first part concerns technical principles, including the structure and mechanism of instrumentation and quality control. The second part discusses clinical applications of flow cytometry, including immunophenotyping of hematologic neoplasms, lymphocyte subset analysis for immunodeficiency states, DNA analysis for hematologic neoplasms and solid tumors, and reticulocyte counting. After completing the course, participants should be able to understand how ...
CACMLE

Understanding Molecular Pathology: Methods and Applications (CE)

Molecular diagnostics has established itself as a mainstay of laboratory medicine and a foundation for personalized and predictive medicine. This new revised edition continues to emphasize the fundamental principles needed by the newcomer preparing for bench training and actual clinical laboratory test performance. Though not an exhaustive account, this self-study can also serve as the foundation for preparation for certification exams in molecular diagnostics. In describing current molecul...
CACMLE

Understanding Electrolytes: Clinical Significance and Analysis (CE)

An electrolyte panel is one of the most frequently ordered tests in the laboratory. The panel typically includes sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate. In addition to these common "electrolytes", another ion that is classified as an electrolyte since it, too, carries a charge is magnesium. Each of these major electrolytes has widespread functions in the human body. Even though these ions are grouped together for analysis or study, each plays a distinct role in the body. Therefore, there...
CACMLE

Components of the Phlebotomy Procedure (CE)

The quality of clinical laboratory results depends directly on the blood specimen collected and received for analysis. This self-study course is designed for all professionals responsible for the preanalytical phase of a blood specimen. This professional may have a variety of titles (e.g., patient care technician, medical assistant, nurse, laboratory assistant, laboratory tech or medical technologist) depending on the place of employment. For the purposes of this self-study course, this indivi...
CACMLE

Advanced Topics in Quality Phlebotomy (CE)

The quality of clinical laboratory results depends directly on the blood specimen collected and received for analysis. This self-study course is designed for all professionals responsible for the preanalytical phase of a blood specimen. This professional may have a variety of titles (e.g., patient care technician, medical assistant, nurse, laboratory assistant, laboratory tech or medical technologist) depending on the place of employment. For the purposes of this self-study course, this indivi...
CACMLE

Introduction to Infectious Diseases (CE)

This self-study course will serve as an introduction to the adverse effects that microorganisms (microbes) have on the human body. These effects are divided into two major subdivisions: infectious diseases and microbial intoxications. This course we discuss only infectious diseases. Briefly stated, infectious diseases involve pathology that occurs following colonization of the body by a disease-causing microbe or pathogen (i.e., pathology resulting from the actual presence of the pathogen on o...
CACMLE

Transfusion Support in Allogeneic Transplant Patients (CE)

This course covers the different types of hematopoietic transplantation (bone marrow, hematopoietic progenitor cell, and umbilical cord blood), transfusion protocols for ABO mismatched transplants, and serological problems which can occur in the blood bank with patients who have received hematopoietic transplants. Cogent examples of the different types of ABO mismatched transplants are provided so that students can correlate blood typing results with transfusion and transplant history and iden...
CACMLE

IRON The Body's Most Precious Metal (CE)

Iron presents a problem for the body. On the one hand it is absolutely essential to life. It is at the center of the oxygen carrying capacity of hemoglobin as well as cytochromes that provide energy for cells. But at the same time, iron can be toxic to cells; oxidizing lipids in membranes and proteins. Thus the body is challenged to regulate iron in a way that provides for essential needs, maintains a ready store for emergencies, and yet avoids toxic overload. This self-study will review the r...
CACMLE

Microbes That Make You Run: Escherichia coli (CE)

Infectious diarrheal disease is a major cause of morbidity and/or mortality in the world, resulting in many physician office visits and hospitalizations per year. Many of the agents involved are bacterial in origin, especially Gram negative rods belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Some microbes that cause diarrheal disease may reside in the intestinal tract as normal flora, where they cause disease only under special circumstances. Other agents are not a part of the normal intestinal f...
CACMLE

Microbes That Make You Run: Salmonella and Shigella (CE)

Infectious diarrheal disease is a major cause of morbidity and/or mortality in the world, resulting in many physician office visits and hospitalizations per year. Many of the agents involved are bacterial in origin, especially Gram negative rods belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Some microbes that cause diarrheal disease may reside in the intestinal tract as normal flora, where they cause disease only under special circumstances. Other agents are not a part of the normal intestinal f...
CACMLE

Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases of the Genital Tract (CE)

This self-study course discusses bacterial microorganisms causing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and diseases of the genital tract. The discussions will include the pathogenesis as well as the diagnosis of these agents. This course is devoted solely to bacteria that cause STDs GOAL The goal of this course is to introduce laboratory practitioners to the procedures and techniques necessary to diagnose sexually transmitted diseases and diseases of the genital tract through the use of se...
CACMLE

Analysis of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CE)

This course presents the pathophysiology of cerebral spinal fluid formation and includes the hematologic testing used for diagnosis and treatment. The course will include cell counting and smear preparation techniques, identification of both normal and abnormal cells seen in cerebral spinal fluid. I. Course Text Cerebral Spinal Fluid The text also contains images and select figures. II. Self-Assessment Exercises The self-assessment exercise is located at the conclusion of this course....
CACMLE

Analysis of Synovial Fluids (CE)

This course presents the pathophysiology of synovial fluid formation and includes the hematologic testing used for diagnosis and treatment. The course will include cell counting and smear preparation techniques, identification of both normal and abnormal cells, and crystal identification in synovial fluids. I. Course Text Synovial Fluids The text also contains images and select figures. II. Self-Assessment Exercises The self-assessment exercise is located at the conclusion of this cou...
CACMLE

Analysis of Serous Fluids (CE)

This course presents the pathophysiology of serous fluid formation and includes the hematologic testing used for diagnosis and treatment. The course will include cell counting and smear preparation techniques, identification of both normal and abnormal cells seen in serous fluids. I. Course Text Serous Fluids The text also contains images, tables and select figures. II. Self-Assessment Excercises The self-assessment exercise is located at the conclusion of this course. This exercise, ...
CACMLE

Analysis of Seminal Fluid (CE)

This course presents the pathophysiology of seminal fluid formation and includes the hematologic testing used for diagnosis and treatment. The course will include methods for sperm motility and morphology. I. Course Text Seminal Fluid Analysis The text also contains relevant images. II. Self-Assessment Excercises The self-assessment exercise is located at the conclusion of this course. This exercise, consisting of question and answer items, enables the participant to assess his/her pr...
CACMLE

Body Fluids: Cell Counts and Slide Preparation (CE)

The course will include those techniques utilized in the clinical laboratory to identify cellular and other diagnostic components of serous, synovial, seminal and cerebral spinal fluids. Emphasis is placed on the most appropriate diagnostic tool for each body fluid, as well as the clinical significance of both normal and abnormal cellular components. I. Course Text Section I: Body Fluid Cell Counts Section II: Preparation of Body Fluid Slides The text also contains select figures. II. S...
CACMLE

Hemoglobin A1c: Clinical Laboratory Utilization for Diabetes Mellitus Testing (CE)

This self-study course was designed to provide a brief background on the theory of HbA1c, its utility in the clinical laboratory, the evolution of the test, and its role in patient diagnosis. It also compares the HbA1c test with the two other diabetes mellitus diagnostic assays: the fasting blood glucose and the oral glucose tolerance test. The course concludes with case studies to demonstrate the clinical application of the HbA1c test. 1. Course Text This course has been divided into the ...
CACMLE

Qualitative Platelet Abnormalities (CE)

Qualitative platelet abnormalities are generally a rare and obscure group of disorders. The platelet count is more often than not in normal range and typical coagulation screening is usually normal. This self-study course will begin with the background of platelet ultrastructure and function because the understanding of the abnormality often depends on a firm knowledge of the structure and function of the platelet. A brief overview of the more common qualitative testing methods will be include...
CACMLE

The Antiphospholipid Syndrome (CE)

This self-study course will review the history, clinical presentation, and testing methodologies to identify the Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) - an autoimmune disorder characterized by the presence of antibodies to protein bound phospholipids. This syndrome is cause for obstetrical complications and is the most common acquired cause of thrombotic disease. Course Goal and Learning Objectives Goal The goal of this course is to provide the reader with an understanding of the history, pat...
CACMLE

Beta Thalassemias (CE)

Program Summary: This self-study course is designed to provide a brief review of the etiology, epidemiology, pathology, clinical findings, and laboratory diagnosis of thalassemias in general. More specifically, this course will provide a thorough review of each of these components as they relate to beta thalassemias. Course Goal and Objectives Goal The goal of this self-instructional module is to review basic concepts related to normal hemoglobin and a disease that impacts hemoglobin: ...
CACMLE

Clinical and Laboratory Update in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation

Clinical and Laboratory Update in Thrombosis and Anticoagulation September 7–9, 2016 Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Presented by: Mayo Clinic Divisions of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine Mayo Medical Laboratories Jointly provided with Mayo Continuing Nursing Education OVERVIEW An estimated 37 million patients are affected by thrombotic disorders each year. This number will continue to rise with the...
Mayo Medical Laboratories

Clinical Pearls Series: Appropriate Use of Medications to Treat Advanced Dementia

This continuing pharmacy education activity will provide a case-based discussion for pharmacists to review clinical pearls for appropriate use of medications to treat advanced dementia. Join us to discuss how to assess the risks and benefits of continuing medications in patients with advanced dementia.
The Collaborative Education Institute / CEI

Clinical Pearls Series: Sacubitril/Valsartan: A New Management Strategy for the Treatment of Heart Failure

This continuing pharmacy education activity will provide a case-based discussion for pharmacists to review clinical pearls on the role of sacubitril/valsartan in the management of chronic heart failure. Join us to discuss the current clinical trial data supporting the use of sacubitril/valsartan for the treatment of chronic heart failure and key factors to consider when using this agent in clinical practice.
The Collaborative Education Institute / CEI

Safe Use of Concentrated Insulin: Helping Patients and Providers to Get It Right (Part 2)

Activity Description Note to Participants: This activity was created in mid-2015, and since that time, multiple new diabetes drugs have received FDA approval that may make some of the content it includes inapplicable to some patients and/or practice settings in the near future. ProCE will keep the activity available until it is determined that the educational content is no longer relevant to current practice. Future activities related to concentrated insulin will be developed to reflect drug ...
ProCE

Safe Use of Concentrated Insulin: Helping Patients and Providers to Get It Right (Part 1)

Note to Participants: This activity was created in mid-2015, and since that time, multiple new diabetes drugs have received FDA approval that may make some of the content it includes inapplicable to some patients and/or practice settings in the near future. ProCE will keep the activity available until it is determined that the educational content is no longer relevant to current practice. Future activities related to concentrated insulin will be developed to reflect drug landscape changes as t...
ProCE

An Update on the Management of Acquired Hemophilia A

Acquired hemophilia A (AHA) is a rare bleeding disorder caused by autoantibodies against human factor VIII. About half of cases are idiopathic, and the prevalence of AHA is likely an underestimate because it often goes unrecognized or is mistaken for congenital or other acquired bleeding disorders. Mortality rates may be as high as 22%, especially early in the disease, so prompt recognition and treatment are necessary to keep morbidity and mortality low. Hemostatic treatment with bleeding supp...
Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and CMEology.

Pharmacogenomics: Anticoagulants and Cardiovascular Medications CEI

The third session of the Pharmacogenomics webinar series focuses on reviewing genetic information to choose a suitable drug and/or medication dose for a patient. Join us to discuss the impact of pharmacogenomic testing on anticoagulants and other cardiovascular medications. Upon successful completion of this application-based activity, pharmacists should be able to: 1. Describe the role of pharmacogenomic testing for warfarin and other cardiovascular medications 2. Review the literat...
The Collaborative Education Institute / CEI

The Role of Antimicrobial Testing and Reporting in Antibiotic Stewardship

Description Information derived from antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) can be a powerful tool in determining appropriate selection, dosing, and duration of antibiotics. The standards for how this testing is performed change on an annual basis and can influence the results that the clinician uses to make treatment determinations. This session will provide an overview of the current Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) breakpoints and discuss new concepts such as the addi...
ProCE

Countering Prescription Drug Abuse

Summary: Prescription drug abuse is a health epidemic in the U.S. Abuse of prescription medications is at an all-time high, and it affects people regardless of socioeconomic status. It is estimated that nearly 6 million Americans misuse or abuse prescription drugs on a regular basis. Abuse of narcotics and sedatives have serious health consequences that can result in death. To curb this epidemic of prescription drug abuse requires an understanding of its causes, as well as identifying the pop...
continuingeducation.com

Hospital Pharmacy Journal

Hospital Pharmacy is the most widely read, peer-reviewed journal among health-system formulary decision makers. The Formulary Drug Reviews column is based on well-documented monographs on drugs that are new or are in late phase-3 trials. ProCE now offers CE credit at no charge to readers of Formulary Drug Reviews. Pharmacists who read the monthly articles can now complete the post-tests and evaluations directly from the website. Upon passing the post-test, statements of pharmacy CE credit ...
ProCE

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