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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)

A Jump Start to Phlebotomy

This course is intended to introduce the reader to the art of performing phlebotomy. It is specifically meant to aid MLS students, MLT students, new phlebotomists, nurses, residents, and other professionals in gaining a background before attempting venipuncture for the first time. It may also be used as a review course for current professionals in the field. The basics of phlebotomy are presented in a manner that is meant to help the reader remember the important points to obtaining a good sp...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Laboratory Safety and Infection Control

This course is designed to promote an understanding of the importance of a safety program in the clinical laboratory. This starts with an understanding of general safety regulations governing the clinical laboratory, including OSHA mandated plans for chemical hygiene, occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens, and general laboratory safety.
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Advanced Topics in Quality Phlebotomy

This course examines the advanced topics beyond basics that a phlebotomist needs to be aware of to obtain a quality specimen. Topics discussed include the role of effective communication with a diverse patient population, special procedure considerations, pre-analytical variables, and the phlebotomist's role in quality assurance and continuous quality improvement. The hard-copy version of this course is a complete printable “.pdf” file on CD-ROM. To view this file, you may need to log ont...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Components of the Phlebotomy Procedure

This course examines the collection of blood samples by venipuncture and skin puncture, considerations for a quality collection, and possible complications and considerations. Topics discussed include phlebotomy equipment, the venipuncture and skin puncture process, considerations and complications associated with the process of phlebotomy, processing and transport of the blood specimen to the clinical laboratory, and special procedure considerations. The hard-copy version of this course is a...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Phlebotomy: Principles and Guidelines

Designed for all professionals responsible for the pre-analytical phase of a blood specimen, ie. the student, anyone wanting a general update and review of phlebotomy, and the educator responsible for training, competency, and documentation of collected blood specimens, this course examines the principles and guidelines as foundations for quality collections. Discussion includes a brief history, the phlebotomist's role in total patient care, professional and legal responsibilities, the role of...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Cardiac Biomarkers

Each year in the US alone, over one million individuals are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and approximately one half of these have had an AMI in the past. However, as many as 1 - 5% of patients with an AMI are misdiagnosed in the emergency department and are discharged. Rapid diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction is vital and laboratory testing that is sensitive and specific is essential. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify the characteristics ...
LabCE

Advances in Noninvasive Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome and other Trisomies

Recently, the development of more sensitive and specific molecular test methods has moved us closer to replacing invasive prenatal procedures that are currently needed to confirm certain chromosomal abnormalities. This course discusses both the prenatal screening tests that are routinely used today and new molecular methods that offer new hope for noninvasive prenatal testing to diagnose the presence of Down syndrome or other trisomies.
LabCE

Transfusion Reactions

What are the risks associated with blood transfusion? As a laboratory professional involved in blood preparation for transfusion, do you know what steps you can take to minimize those risks? If a patient starts to exhibit various symptoms during or after a transfusion, would you know how to interpret those symptoms and what actions to take to prevent harm to the patient? These are all important questions that are asked and answered by our new course, Transfusion Reactions. This course covers i...
LabCE

The Disappearing Antibody: A Case Study

Mr. R.M., a 55-year old male, was admitted to a hospital emergency department with severe lower gastrointestinal bleeding. His physician orders an emergency transfusion of O Rh-negative Red Blood Cells, but problems arise when the laboratory discovers the presence of an antibody. This interactive case study will allow you to work through Mr. R.M.’s case that becomes even more curious when the antibody apparently disappears.
LabCE

Rh negative female with anti-D at delivery: A case study

If you have completed the course, Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn, you will enjoy working through a case that provides real-world application of what you have learned. This case study presents an opportunity to review perinatal testing programs and the crucial role of RhIg in preventing hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) due to anti-D. The case also examines practical aspects of routine serologic testing involving neonates and women who have received RhIg during pr...
LabCE

Introduction to the ABO Blood Group System

Introduction to ABO Blood Group System is an introductory-level course appropriate for MT and MLT students, pathology residents, or others who need a review of basic biochemistry, genetics, and reactions of the ABO system. This course can also be used for CLS schools for academic instruction or could be used as a basic orientation for MT and MLT students who are beginning their blood bank rotation during internship.
LabCE

Immune Hemolytic Anemias

Objectives: Compare the different types of immune hemolytic anemias. Identify and investigate potential serologic discrepancies caused by autoimmune and drug-induced hemolytic anemias. Differentiate the four mechanisms involved in drug-induced hemolytic anemias. List medications that may be associated with drug-induced hemolytic anemia.
LabCE

Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn

This course presents current information related to hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN). It provides you with an opportunity to review and update your knowledge of significant aspects of HDFN and its laboratory investigation and prevention. This course provides a broad overview of many important topics including causative antibodies, laboratory findings in severe HDFN, and pre- and postnatal treatments. Rh immune globulin (RhIg) is covered in depth, since it prevents the most sev...
LabCE

Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Transfusion Services

Good manufacturing practices lead to final products or services that consistently meet appropriate specifications and compliance with defined regulations. The main goal of good manufacturing practices is to prevent adulterated products from entering the market place. This course focuses on transfusion services and the practices related to the manufacturing of blood and blood components. These practices are correlated to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) current good manufacturing ...
LabCE

Antibody Detection and Identification

Do you find detective work exciting? Do you want to improve those skills? Our Antibody Detection and Identification course will guide you through the processes that will help you to expose the antibody that is the culprit. Antibodies must be identified so that appropriate blood products are selected for transfusion and the risk of adverse reaction is minimized. Clinically significant antibodies are capable of causing transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease of the newborn and in severe cases, ...
LabCE

Overview of Prion Diseases

This course includes an overview of the function of prion proteins and the differing theories as to how prions cause several different neurodegenerative diseases. The causes and symptoms of the four types of infectious and classical prion diseases will be explored, as well as the recommendations for safe handling of blood and body fluid specimens from individuals infected with prion diseases.
LabCE

Detection and Management of Preeclampsia: Current Laboratory Testing and Emerging Biomarkers

Objectives: Define preeclampsia (PE)and discuss its prevalence, characteristics, signs, and symptoms. Identify the characteristics of mild and severe PE as well as the relationship to the HELLP Syndrome. Define the risk factors for PE and differentiate between eclampsia and the HELLP Syndrome. Describe the pathophysiology of PE, its cause, treatment, and prevention. Describe the main triggers used to diagnose PE. Identify laboratory tests used to assist in the diagnosis of PE. Define an...
LabCE

Tracking Antibiotic-Resistant Tuberculosis

In this course, the presentation of a brief history of tuberculosis (TB) and its developing resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs, is followed by case histories from India, Italy, and the US-Mexican border. The pathogenesis of TB disease in humans is diagrammed and a review of diagnostic laboratory methods, susceptibility testing, and methods of control are explored.
LabCE

Detecting and Evaluating Coagulation Inhibitors and Factor Deficiencies

What causes a patient's prothrombin time and/or activated partial thromboplastin time to be prolonged when the patient is not on anticoagulant therapy? Is it something that happened as a result of the collection process, is it related to an illness, or is it perhaps related to a factor deficiency or a circulating coagulation inhibitor? This course will acquaint you with several conditions associated with prolonged PT and aPTT test results. You will learn when it is appropriate to perform a mix...
LabCE

Aspergillus Infections

The primary aim of this course is to provide concise knowledge as to the diagnosis of aspergillus infection. There are three clinical distinct varieties of aspergillus infections. The most common is aspergillus bronchitis, which usually resolves with conservative therapy. The second type is an invasive infection, which usually occurs in patients who are immunocompromised or debilitated. The next most common and of interest is the aspergilloma, or fungus ball. It is a mass that lies free in a p...
Gannett Healthcare Group

Foodborne Parasites

Have you ever eaten sushi, sashimi, ceviche, undercooked pork or unwashed fresh produce or berries? Have you ever drunk water from a stream while out hiking? If so, you may have become infected with a parasite. Parasitic infections from food are much less common in the United States than bacterial or viralborne infections. However, because the number of parasitic infections from food has been rising in recent years, they are of growing concern. The increase has been attributed to a globalizati...
Gannett Healthcare Group

Patients Who Refuse Blood

Patients who choose to decline a treatment often leave healthcare staff perplexed and frustrated. Without question, this situation can be complicated for both patient and caregiver. However, health professionals have an obligation to try to understand these patients’ quandaries. They may be facing a critical illness but have the added stress of someone’s encouraging them to accept a treatment against their most fundamental beliefs. But the refusal of blood is no longer just a religious iss...
Gannett Healthcare Group

Medical Errors for Laboratory Professionals

As a laboratory professional, you have an important role in the outcome of medical treatment of patients. Healthcare providers expect and depend on accurate laboratory results in order to make a diagnosis and initiate proper treatment. The results that laboratories provide must not only be accurate, but they also need to be provided in a short amount of time and communicated clearly. It should be your goal to keep this process error free; however, when errors occur, careful analysis of the...
Gannett Healthcare Group

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
CareerTapp

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

Improving Pharmacy Quality Using Six Sigma

Most states require pharmacies to participate in quality assurance measures. However, most pharmacists are not equipped with the strategies and techniques to perform these duties. This program will provide an introduction to Six Sigma, a quality improvement system used by most industry sectors, as a data driven method to achieve quality improvement, increase patient safety, and increase customer (patient) satisfaction.
freeCE.com

Improving Pharmacy Quality Using Six Sigma

Most states require pharmacies to participate in quality assurance measures. However, most pharmacists are not equipped with the strategies and techniques to perform these duties. This program will provide an introduction to Six Sigma, a quality improvement system used by most industry sectors, as a data driven method to achieve quality improvement, increase patient safety, and increase customer (patient) satisfaction.
freeCE.com

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