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February 1, 2006
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SAP Training

Curo Aeger EAP offers Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) qualifying training to prepare attendees to sit for the authorized examination. The program is taught by some of the people who originally developed the Department of Transportation (DOT) procedures, including: Donna Smith, PhD, formerly director of DOT's Office of Drug Enforcement and Program Compliance; Barry D. Kurtzer, MD, MRO, president and medical director of HealthStar; and Steven S. Garnham, MEd, CEAP, senior manager, human services, for Curo Aeger.

Training will take place March 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Philadelphia International Airport. The event is approved by NAADAC for 13 contact hours, by PCB for 13 CAC hours, and by EACC for 13 PDH.

Inpatient PPS Software

3M Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital DRGfinder Software, from 3M Health Information Systems, uses expert logic to code, edit, and group diagnoses and procedures for consistent and accurate federal reimbursement of inpatient psychiatric care hospital costs. The software is designed to help hospitals meet requirements mandated by the Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital Prospective Payment System.

3M Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital DRGfinder works in conjunction with 3M Codefinder Software, a coding application used by more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals, to perform complete, accurate, and compliant coding and grouping of principal and secondary diagnoses and procedure codes.

Using the expert logic, 3M Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital DRGfinder produces the correct IPF-DRG code and the expected reimbursement, which is then transmitted to the inpatient psychiatric hospital's billing system or HIS system where it can be used to generate reconciliation reports for tracking reimbursement.

IT Summit Presentations Available

Audio recordings, synchronized with slides, of all the presentations from this past fall's National Summit on Defining a Strategy for Behavioral Health Information Management and Its Role Within the Nationwide Health Information Infrastructure are now available at

Behavioral healthcare leaders met in Washington, D.C., on September 29-30 to lay the foundation for a nationwide information infrastructure for behavioral healthcare services. Participants included representatives from behavioral health professional and trade associations, government, provider organizations, consumers, standard-setting organizations, and business groups. The summit was cohosted by the Software and Technology Vendors' Association (SATVA) and SAMHSA.

The presentations provided a foundation for intensive workgroups that focused on six strategic areas essential for advancing a nationwide information management strategy for behavioral health. Audio recordings from each workgroup are also available.