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Adult Education – A World Of Online Courses

Adult Education – A World Of Online Courses

Many people reach a certain point where they want something new in their lives. Their jobs are a bit boring for them, and the daily routine is simply not enough. Some join a club while others may start bowling. There is another way of expanding your horizons, and that is online. The Internet is now a common tool used by millions across the world. If you are reading these lines then you are one of those people, and a lucky person you are. With the developmant of the wold-wide-web came a revolution in the world of education. This revolution has swept the world, and you can ride that wave of progress.

While back in the days we had to go to school for our education, today it is enough to have a computer and an internet connection. A world of knowledge awaits us, and you can study almost anything you can imagine using online courses. If there is something you always wanted to know, the internet has it for you. If before getting an education meant spending a lot of time and money, today things are starting to change. Studying online in internet courses is becoming as common as emails, and many people take courses in many fields of interest.

If you have an internet connection, you can now find online courses all over the net. If you are interested in gardening for example, there are complete online guides which includes videos and audio options for you to learn from. Online quizzes and tests usually go along in the more serious web sites. You can also learn things like computers and science online, and earn a diploma in many schools.

Many online courses are offered free of charge, and you can take them any time and any place, as long as you have an internet connection. This is perfect for those of us who do not have too much time to spare, as you can get online and take a class when ever it is comfortable for you. These main ideas are the reason this type of studying is ideal for adult education.

Online Adult Education – Even A Bachelor’s Degree

Not only can you study the things that you always wanted without leaving your comfortable armchair behind, you can now earn all your degrees without leaving your house. With world-famous establishments such as the open university you can now earn a bachelor’s degree online. This idea may sound alien to those of us who are not so internet savvy, yet the online-education programs offered today are easy to use. You do not need to be a computer-master to study psychology online.

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OECD Anti Corruption Unit

The good will that accompanied the 1997 Bribery Convention will not last ad infinitum. Perceptions that countries are not living up to their obligations under the Conventions will inevitability weaken the agreement and lead to erosion of public confidence. Recuperating the momentum and enthusiasm of that initial accomplishment will go far to ensuring that it is not yet the end of the honeymoon.
International debate over good governance and best practice may work towards the best mechanism for investigating political and business corruption.
There are many areas still in need of urgent reform. The OECD convention, which has been so effective in many ways, left loopholes. The need to stop companies using political donations to briber foreign officials has to be outlawed.
Some countries need to reform their laws so that extra-territorial offences are included and extradition is made easier.
Several International institutions have a long way to go. The World Bank and EU both need to carry out further reform to prevent bribery and corruption in programs they fund.
On a broader agenda more research needs to be done in the way defence contracts involving foreign countries are awarded. The US, Germany, France and Britain are among the biggest arms sellers in the world. They are extremely competitive. As these contracts usually involve an element of national government involvement are even more secretive than normal contracts. Yet the evidence we have indicates that there are still excessive commissions (bribes) paid in these deals.
The Cornerhouse Group rightly say that there is an urgent need to shift the focus of anti corruption measures. In seeking to explain corruption, most commentators tend to dwell on developing countries, not industrialised ones, on the bribe takers not the bribe givers. The intimate connection between corruption in the South and the institutional culture, bureaucratic practices and priorities of public and private institutions in the North is thus effectively obscured
Some campaigners suggest that the best deterrent for companies that have a propensity to bribery and corruption would be an international blacklist. The World Bank’s current blacklist is a start but it really only deals with some very small fish. A blacklist that names and shames the big players, but more importantly prevents them obtain international contracts would be a forceful statement ? a landmark in the fight against bribery and corruption.
Other campaigners think that blacklists are often counterproductive. But the real deterrent for those who continue to bribe and corrupt is a real fear of detection and prison. The only way for the momentum of the anti-corruption movement to continue is by the installation of tough investigation and prosecution authorities. Many countries in Western Europe and North America are yet to show that they are willing to prosecute offenders. International Conventions have a effect but without real regulatory muscle they will whither away and die.

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How to Navigate HMO Roadblocks and Dilemmas: A Clinician’s Guide

How to Navigate HMO Roadblocks and Dilemmas: A Clinician’s Guide

If you’re had a psychotherapy practice in the past ten years, then you realize how challenging working with HMOs can be. There are many common roadblocks that providers face such as getting reimbursed in a timely manner, limited authorizations with very few sessions allowed, provider audits, and even client/former client complaints to the HMO, to name a few.

Fortunately, there are resources available for the abovementioned roadblocks. The following includes resources and options in the event you are facing an HMO roadblock:

Direct Resolution: Contact the HMO/PPO directly. Determine what the dispute and appeals process requires in order to attempt a resolution directly.

Contact your Professional Organization: For example, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) provides attorneys on staff available to answer clinician’s questions throughout the business day. Other organizations may have helpful resources that can increase clarity in order to make more informed decisions.

Quality Assurance: Many HMO companies have Quality Assurance or Quality Improvement Departments that may be able to assist you in your efforts to resolve the issue or dispute.

Formal Complaints: If you practice in California and believe that the HMO/PPO company has committed an offense that you have been unable to resolve with the insurance company itself, then you may contact to see if you are a candidate for launching a formal complaint. The phone number to this resource is 877-525-1295. Other states have similar resources that may be helpful to resolve the matter using a third-party.

Continuing Education: Seek out and receive relevant continuing education on the subject. There are CEU Providers who offer courses and/or course materials on how to successfully navigate through the difficulties of being a contracted or even uncontracted managed care provider.

Consult with Colleagues: It’s the age-old rule that you can never consult too much right? Consultation can help verify an already planned approach or offer new suggestions that are effective. Chances are that other clinicians can identify with your struggle.

Dealing with insurance companies presents a variety of challenges that no practitioner should have to face alone. Hopefully the resources provided here will assist you in navigating the sometimes complex HMO maze.