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Care2Learn and Academic Edge, Inc. Deliver New Interactive, Online Pressure Ulcer Course

September 24, 2008

Care2Learn, a leading long-term healthcare continuing education provider, and Academic Edge, Inc. (AEI), a research and development group specializing in high-quality learning solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the launch of their new, online interactive pressure ulcer continuing education course, Every Square Inch: Pressure Ulcer Risk Factors and Prevention Techniques. The new course is the first to be delivered as part of the strategic partnership. All Care2Learn subscribers will be able to access the course through Care2Learn’s learning management system.

Ryan Sparks, Vice President of Operations for Care2Learn, said, “This partnership leverages the talent and technologies of both companies to connect Care2Learn students with courses that can significantly reduce pressure ulcer risk. We are looking forward to strengthening and expanding our relationship to continue providing next generation healthcare education.”

The launch of the new course was timed in advance of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) classification and rule change deadline of October 1, 2008 for “reasonably preventable” conditions. The CMS new classification system now ranks pressure ulcers as a “reasonably preventable” condition, with the ruling stating that inpatient facilities will not be reimbursed for certain “reasonably preventable” hospital-acquired conditions, including pressure ulcers. These “reasonably preventable” conditions, if left unmanaged and untreated, greatly increase costs for both healthcare provider and patient. The new AEI developed course is highly sought after at this time, as facilities are seeking to effectively educate their staff on how to reduce the incidences of pressure ulcers.

“The learning experience we’ve created is motivating, practical, and evidence-based,” said Dr. Richard Goldsworthy, CEO and Research Director of AEI. “The course content is based on the work and ideas of two leading pressure ulcer experts, Dr. Joyce Black and Dr. Kenneth Olshansky. Through interactive activities, video, and patient cases, RNs, CNAs, direct care workers, and other health professionals caring for patients in home health, long-term care, hospitals, and other facilities will build their skills to provide the very best care.”

About Care2Learn

Founded in 2000, Care2Learn provides online learning for over 240,000 healthcare professionals with engaging, affordable, easy-to-use online continuing education. Over 75 companies in long term care, assisted living, rehabilitation, home care and hospice use Care2Learn’s customized e-learning systems to recruit, train and retain staff. Care2Learn’s library of online courses includes over 2,300 continuing education course hours and 110 inservice courses for 15 healthcare disciplines. Courses meet CMS, OSHA, and state regulations for compliance, as well as licensure compliance by disciplines nationwide. For more information visit http://www.Care2Learn.com.

About Academic Edge, Inc.

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Academic Edge, Inc. is a media research and development company specializing in state-of-the-art learning tools for children and adults. AEI focuses on the social aspects of health care: why do people do the things they do and how can we help them live healthier, happier, or more productive lives? AEI projects have targeted preventing STD and conflict; increasing awareness and support of FASD, ADHD, and other disorders; and improving healthcare provider performance. Provider efforts include supporting substance screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), HIV/STD risk assessment, and Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). For more information, visit www.academicedge.com.




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