Tuesday, August 31, 2010

IAFF Convention 2010

The 50th Annual International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Convention was held this August. Check out some of the photos from the convention.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pharmacy Tech Career Review

US News & World Report interviewed Pharmacist Sarah Phelps about her career. Sarah shares information including her job description and hours, as well as the path she took to become a pharmacy technician. Watch the video for the full interview:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

National Firefighter Health Week Podcast: Behavioral Health

National Firefighter Health Week aims to promote overall health for fire and emergency service personnel. This podcast focuses on the psychological and behavioral health of firefighters and first responders who witness traumatic events in the field. Listen to the Behavioral Health Podcast here.

It’s National Firefighter Health Week!

August 16-20th is National Firefighter Health Week. This is a weeklong initiative to educate fire and emergency service professionals, as well as the community, about safety issues first responders face.

This year’s theme is “Only You Can Keep It Strong. Are You Up For The Challenge?”

Each day of National Firefighter Health Week is dedicated to a different health issue firefighters and emergency service personnel face:
Monday August 16th is Head Strong (Behavioral Health)
Tuesday August 17th is Respond Strong – Put it On (Protective Equipment)
Wednesday August 18th is Strong at Heart (Heart Health)
Thursday August 19th is Stand Strong Against Cancer (Cancer)
Friday August 20th is Strength for Life (Nutrition & Physical Fitness)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pharmacy Tech Flashcards Quiz

This video can be used as either flashcards or a quiz to test your knowledge of medication terminology, brand names and treatment uses. This information would be of the utmost importance for Pharmacy Technicians and anyone who works in the healthcare field.

Pharmacy Technician Job Description

Pharmacy technician is a great career for people graduating from high school or looking for a career change.

The primary responsibility of a pharmacy technician is to assist the pharmacist. Depending on the different career settings of pharmacy technicians, there may be different job descriptions. Pharmacy techs may answer phones, handle money, stock medicine, perform data entry, fill orders for medications, and prepare and file charge slips.

Pharmacy techs are also responsible for providing medicine and other health care products to patients, including checking medication before giving to the patient as well as providing counsel for proper usage and dosage.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Why Employers Like Online Continuing Education Programs

Online continuing education programs and tuition reimbursement are being advocated by many employers. One of the reasons for this is it allows for employee advancement on the employee’s time.

Workers are still able to continue to work through the workweek and can complete online continuing education programs after work and on the weekends. Traditional brick and mortar colleges do not offer the flexibility that online courses offer, and employees would have to quit their job or work part-time to further their education.

This results in employees that are more satisfied at their workplace and employers who are more satisfied with their workers. Employees who receive tuition reimbursement often have to commit to staying at least 2 years with their current employer.

What is Medical Coding?

Medical Coding is a language used by health insurance providers and doctors. It is system of numerical codes which document the patient’s illness as well as the care received.

Patients are usually unaware of the codes used in their file; this information generally stays between the doctor and the health insurance provider. These codes are a way of ensuring that the doctor is reimbursed by the patient’s health insurance for all services rendered.

Medical coding also helps to track the spread of diseases on a broad scale and detect epidemic outbreaks.

In 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandated the use of medical codes. This mandate ensures patient confidentiality.