Illinois Nursing Home
Administrators Association

PO Box 483, North Aurora, Illinois 60542  .  P: (708) 800-6161  .  F: (708) 248-8078  .  sgardiner@inhaa.org

Information and Support Links to Enhance Your Knowledge

Administration on Aging.

This is the site of the U.S. federal government agency responsible for taking the lead in issues dealing with older Americans. It incorporates considerable information useful to older Americans, including listings of state agencies on aging, AoA regional offices, the Eldercare locator, a statistical profile of older Americans, information about the Older Americans Act, the national Institute on Aging’s Age Pages, and more. http://www.aoa.gov/


Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

This site is provided by AHCPR, and is a online guide to their research. Health practice guidelines and consumer information packets are available through the site, as well as past, current and future research projects. Additionally information regarding federal healthcare research grants is available. http://www.ahcpr.gov/


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This site maintains an extensive Web site with information on disease prevention guidelines and strategies, with specific data and statistics, with project grant and funding information and with descriptions of training and employment opportunities. http://www.cdc.gov/ Department of Health and Human Services. This site provides considerable information about the Department and its constituent agencies – for many of which links are provided. The site includes consumer information in both English and Spanish, information on policy positions, program evaluation and policy research. http://www.os.dhhs.gov/


Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations.

The federal government makes available the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations as well as other documents online through the National Archives and Records Administration. The Federal Register is published Monday through Friday and is available online on the day that it is published. http://www.gpo.gov/

This site provides access to more than 130 U.S. government bulletin boards. In its telephone-accessible, non-Internet form, this was the first public U.S. government online system to provide a single point of entry to the many separate agency “bulletin board systems” or BBSs, as well as to several libraries of downloadable files. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service within the Department of Commerce. http://www.fedworld.gov/


Health Care Financing Administration.

This site provides an overview of Medicare and Medicaid policy, consumer literature about Medicare, announcements and a telephone directory of central office staff. http://www.hcfa.gov/ Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly IDPA). This consumer oriented site has been developed by the state of Illinois. It contains information for consumers about news from Public Aid, healthcare reform, program information, locations of Public Aid offices, how to apply for Public Aid and hotline phone numbers. This site does not contain any information for providers. http://www.hfs.illinois.gov/


Illinois Department of Public Health.

This consumer oriented site has been developed by the State of Illinois. It contains information for customers regarding IDPH news, statistics, and press releases. Additionally, public records such as birth and death certificates and listings of local Public Health offices are available. http://www.idph.state.il.us/


Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

This professionally orientated site allows you to check the status of your professional license, and make address changes. License Look up service. CNA License Look up service. http://www.dpr.state.il.us/

This is the official government site for Medicaid. It contains information for consumers and providers. Provider information includes a technical overview of the program; information on welfare reform; statistics; publications; drug rebate programs; Medicaid managed care; policy and program information; electronic data collection; state contacts; and the State Medicaid Manual. http://www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/medicaid.htm


Medicaid: Long Term Care Services.

This site, designed and sponsored by HCFA contains descriptive information about: Nursing Facility Services for Individuals Age 21 and Older; Medicaid Payments for Nursing Facility Services; Hospice Services, Rehabilitation Services; Personal Care Services; Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Services for Individuals with Speech, Hearing and Language Disorders; Institutions for Mental Diseases; Targeted Case Management Services; Home and Community-Based Services Waivers; and Home Health Services. http://www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/ltchomep.htm

This is the official government site for Medicare. It contains information for consumers and providers. Provider information includes a technical overview of the program; information on managed care and Medicare; fraud and abuse; basic statistics; professional and technical publications, including program manuals and newsletters; and information on the integrity of the overall program. http://www.hcfa.gov/medicare/medicare.htm


Medicare and Medicaid Program Manuals.

The Health Care Financing Administration is making available their Program Manuals in an electronic forum. Manuals currently available include – Coverage Issues Manual, State Operations Manual, Skilled Nursing Facility Manual, Intermediary Manual, Carrier Manual, Provider Reimbursement Manual (PRM) Part I, Provider Reimbursement Manual (PRM) Part II, Hospice Manual, Regional Office Manual, Medicare Renal Dialysis Facility Manual Manual, State Medicaid Manual, among others. http://www.hcfa.gov/pubforms/progman.htm


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This is a product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. government and provides mainly statistical data on morbidity and mortality based on reports received from state health departments. http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr.html


Social Security Administration.

This site includes an index to benefit information, an online edition of the U.S. Social Security Handbook on Benefits and Policies, a policy forum containing reports to Congress, testimony, SSA’s Annual Report to Congress, a statistical database about Social Security, and legislation affecting Social Security. You can also search for online documents produced by SSA. It provides links to SSA’s gopher server and other government agencies with information related to Social Security. Some of the information is also available in Spanish. http://www.ssa.gov/


State Agencies on Aging.

This site is an alphabetical listing by state with complete contact information of all the state agencies on aging responsible for publicly-sponsored aging programs within each state http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa.html, then select About AoA and the Aging Network, and then select Directory of State Agencies on Aging.


State of Illinois Web Site.

The official site for the state of Illinois includes links to information about: agencies, educational institutions, tourism, museums, libraries, legislative members, and the Capitol. All state agencies and departments, including the governor’s office are accessible through this main site. As of yet, individual legislators cannot be reached by e-mail, unless they have set up their own site. http://www.state.il.us/


Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet.

This site provides full text of pending legislation and the Congressional record, as well as e-mail directories for House and Senate members. http://thomas.loc.gov/ Veterans Administration. The VA has developed this site to include press releases, announcements for veterans, lists of veterans services, organizations, job opportunities with the VA and the Government, and what’s new on the VA server. Additionally there are sub pages on veterans benefits, facilities, special programs, VA organization, VA data, medical advances and VA links. http://www.va.gov/


Aging/Clinical Links

Alzheimer’s Association.

This site provides information for caregivers, including local chapters as well as medical data. The site is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of America. http://www.alz.org/


Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging provides news about the latest research findings on Alzheimer’s disease, services for patients and their families, and links to Connections, ADEAR’s quarterly online newsletter. http://www.alzheimers.org/adear American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics. This site contains information about research, upcoming conferences, consumer information about geriatric physical therapy, and links to other health and geriatric related Internet sites. It is useful for therapists, geriatric clients, people considering careers in physical therapy, and anyone concerned with health care issues for the elderly. http://www.geriatricspt.org/


Arthritis Foundation.

This site provides information about the Foundation and its local chapters, a list of answers to frequently asked questions about arthritis and instruction on ordering more detailed information. http://www.arthritis.org/

This site is hosted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Among the resources found here are treatment guidelines for patients and professionals through a Physician Data Query system and fact sheets on various cancer topics. The information is updated monthly. gopher://gopher.nih.gov/70/11/clin/cancernet

This site provides information on workplace repetitive motion and stress injuries and illnesses, including carpal tunnel syndrome to low-back pain. Specific information includes current CTD news, industry specific information and statistics, symptoms and prevention techniques, standards and guidelines, and a product marketplace. http://www.ctdnews.com/


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This site maintains an extensive Web site with information on disease prevention guidelines and strategies, with specific data and statistics, with project grant and funding information and with descriptions of training and employment opportunities. http://www.cdc.gov/


Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

This site is sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). A number of patient information documents are available dealing with these diseases, as well as news releases. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/


ErgoWeb, Inc.

This company’s commercial site is a good source for information on repetitive motion injuries. The company provides workplace evaluation and design tools as well as ergonomics related products. The site does provide free of charge a reference room that has many related OSHA documents and a ergonomics news update area. http://www.ergoweb.com/


Health Economics, Medical and Pharmacy Resources.

This site is a comprehensive guide to health economics, pharmacy and medical resources on the Web. Many links are also provided for medical libraries, journals and databases. http://www.exit109.com/~zaweb/pjp/


Incontinence on the Internet.

This site provides useful information and referrals for both medical professionals and individuals wanting to learn about various incontinence-related products and how to obtain help. The is a commercial site. http://IncontiNet.com/


Men and Grief.

This site was created by American Tom Golden and explores gender differences in grieving and strategies for healing. http://www.dgsys.com/~tgolden/1grief.html


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This is a product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. government and provides mainly statistical data on morbidity and mortality based on reports received from state health departments. http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr.html


National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations.

This site provides current information, fact sheets, updates on events and activities, links to many Internet sites dealing with breast cancer, and listings of over 150 national breast cancer support groups. http://www.nabco.org/


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

The NAMI is a grass roots, self-help, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illness and their loved ones. This site provides links to literature, links and other pertinent information regarding the mentally ill. http://www.nami.org/


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

This site describes the free library program of Braille and recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries. Links to other libraries for the blind and physically handicapped individuals are provided. http://lcweb.loc.gov/nls/nls.html


OSHA Safety and Health Training Materials for Nursing Homes.

This site is published by OSHA and specifically addresses nursing homes. Sub-sites include discussions of current nursing home initiatives, general OSHA Internet access – (OSHA National Office), documentation on recordkeeping, bloodborne pathogens, Hepatitis B risk, tuberculosis, new complaint policies, and citation policies for paperwork violations. http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/nursinghome/index.html


Prostate Cancer Infolink.

This site is designed to provide patients and their families and friends with up-to-date information about prostate cancer, its treatment, and personal and social issues related to the disease. The site encourages interaction with users. http://www.comed.com/prostate/index.html


Schizophrena Home Page.

This site provides news and information about schizophrenia, as well as updates on events. Additionally, the site addresses support and discussion groups, information for families and patients, and students and researchers. http://www.schizophrenia.com/

This site promotes the use of computers among seniors. This site provides information about SeniorNet’s activities, publications and local learning centers. SeniorNet has been in operation since the mid-1980’s, and was the first dedicated effort to foster and promote the use of computers by older persons. http://www.seniornet.org/


State Agencies on Aging.

This site is an alphabetical listing by state with complete contact information of all the state agencies on aging responsible for publicly-sponsored aging programs within each statehttp://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/aoa.html, then select About AoA and the Aging Network, and then select Directory of State Agencies on Aging.


Industry/Association Links

Alzheimer’s Association.

This site provides information for caregivers, including local chapters as well as medical data. The site is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of America. http://www.alz.org/


American College of Health Care Administrators.

This professional society site for long term care administrators provides information about the association, professional certification and state licensing as well as updates of upcoming events, publications and other member benefits. http://www.achca.org/


American College of Healthcare Executives.

This professional society site contains information about the association, its members, relevant public policy issues, upcoming meetings, publications and educational opportunities. Additionally a career resource center has been developed for healthcare executives. http://www.ache.org/


American Geriatrics Society.

This site is a generic home page for the AGS. Information is available about the organization, its publications and seminars and how to obtain membership information. http://www.americangeriatrics.org/


American Medical Association.

The AMA site allows users to research information about the association, locate doctors on the AMA database, and browse their many publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association. Additionally, the site provides information on medical science and education, membership and constituency groups, advocacy and communications, as well as links to other medical sites. http://www.ama-assn.org/


American Nurses Association’s “Nursing World.”

This professional nursing association site features information about local and national membership, affiliated organizations (with links), publications, and legislative and professional news. http://www.nursingworld.org/


American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Geriatrics.

This site contains information about research, upcoming conferences, consumer information about geriatric physical therapy, and links to other health and geriatric related Internet sites. It is useful for therapists, geriatric clients, people considering careers in physical therapy, and anyone concerned with health care issues for the elderly. http://www.geriatricspt.org/


American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

This site provides information about the association, as well as position papers; resources from APNA News; mental health consumers guide; and other practice resources. Additionally, the site provides updates on APNA’s activities and events; reports from committees and task forces; and answers to questions from the membership. http://www.apna.org/


American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

This site, designed for long term care consultant pharmacists, is a resource for pharmacy news, new government programs and government relations, meetings and products. “The Consultant Pharmacist,” the Societies newsletter is available in an online format. http://www.ascp.com/


Dietary Managers Association.

The Dietary Managers Association (DMA) has over 14,000 members nationwide and over 600 in Illinois. Members work in institutional food services with over 65% working in in long term care facilities. ElderCare Web. This is a listing of names, addresses, phone numbers and WWW web pages for a number of associations that work with the elderly, their caregivers, or their healthcare providers. http://www.elderweb.com/library/default.php3


Geriatric Video Productions.

This site provides educational resources for nurses and psychologists who work in geriatric settings. This is a commercial site. http://www.geriatricvideo.com/


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

This site, developed by the JCAHO, provides the healthcare community ready to access services and products. The site provides instructions on how to obtain information about organizations accredited by the Joint Commission and how to order performance reports on recently surveyed organizations. http://www.jcaho.org/


Long Term Care Today.

This online newspaper is targeted for long term care professionals. Information is available regarding recent newsmakers and news making events in the long term care industry. Also available are some long term care links to professional societies, research sites and long term care vendors. http://www.ltctoday.com/


MDS 2.0 Technical Site.

This site has been developed for computer programmers, but there is some good information for providers including commonly asked MDS questions. http://www.hcfa.gov/medicaid/mds20/default.htm


National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, including health maintenance organizations (HMOs). NCQA’s efforts are organized around two activities, accreditation and performance measurement (report cards), which are complementary strategies for producing information to guide choice. In the future, these activities will be integrated. http://www.ncqa.org/


The California Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (CAHSA).

This site, sponsored by CAHSA, contains information about their not-for-profit long term care facility members in California. Membership totals approximately 60,000 beds. Information on the site includes a calendar of events, legislative updates, a member list, staff biographies, the association’s newsletter – “The CAHSA Report,” and a list of long term care links. http://www.aging.org/


Disclaimer

We have made every effort to verify the accuracy of this information. Due to the frequency of change on the Internet and in the healthcare industry, inaccuracies may occur. This site attempts only to describe a selection of resources that the authors judge to be of potential interest to our members and those concerned with long term care related issues. The Internet resources themselves are neither sponsored, sanctioned nor maintained by INHAA, except where explicitly stated, and INHAA is not responsible for their content. Note on Commercial Internet Sites: INHAA does not recommend any specific commercial agencies, companies or individuals doing business over the Internet or through online services, except for those licensed by INHAA to use the INHAA name and logo.