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Monday, October 08, 2007

Information booth

I thought I would explain why Steve is going to the exotic spots of Qatar and Hong Kong....one person asked and maybe others wonder why.

Steve is a Pharmacist by trade but it has been almost 20 years since he actually filled a prescription. He works for an organization that accredits health care organizations. His company sets standards of care, organizations structure their care environment around those standards, Steve's company comes out to survey these organizations and then scores them on how well they are doing. Doing well, they are accredited, not so well, conditional accreditation, poorly, no accreditation. In order for a health care organization (hospitals, home care, ambulatory care etc.) to bill and receive payment from Medicare they MUST be accredited. Steve's company is the primo one to do that.

This organization also has a "pre-survey" arm. These folks go out and prepare health care organizations for the actual survey. Steve used to do the surveys, but after the accident in 2005 he moved over to the pre-survey part because it requires less travel and he can do teaching projects from home. This pre-survey organization has an international division. It takes a while to be considered for international jobs and I guess Steve has earned his stripes.

There is a huge hospital complex in Qatar. Another pharmacist has been to that country a number of times but he is not available to go until 2008 and this hospital wants someone NOW. Kowloon, Hong Kong is also growing a large "Hospital Authority" complex and Steve will be working with both of these organizations on medication management.

So, in a way this is quite a prestigious assignment and had Qatar gotten its' act together sooner I might have been able to go to at least Hong Kong with him, but they kept putting off signing the contract and now the trip is melded into one huge adventure. It is a longer story, but the bottom line is I won't travel to Hong Kong alone and Qatar won't issue a visa to me for "Tourist Travel." I understand why, but it just sucks in general.

12 comments:

Nunnie's Attic said...

Thanks for the explanation. I did wonder as well. Sorry you don't get to go!

Love,
Julie

Auld Hat said...

This is considered LESS travel? Golly, when did you ever see him before?! Hmpf. Stupid "no tourist travel" bastards.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Perhaps there will be an opportunity in the future for you to do some exotic travelling with him... You just never know! Sorry your plans got bumped this time, though. Boo.

He better be bringing back gifts though... nice gifts. LOL.

Mom said...

Thanks for the explanation - he has a fascinating job. Sorry you can't go with him. You could have written some great blogs, but we will enjoy the daily updates about life with cats in Idaho. Keep posting.

Sling said...

I was wonderin'..Actually,I figured he was like a secret agent or something.I mean c'mon..Qatar,..Hong Kong..
But if he wants to stick with that whole,"pharmacist" thing... ;)

kenju said...

I'm so sorry that you can't go with him!

Sandy said...

It doesn't look like he has much (if any) free time on these trips. It would have been fun to meet up with him somewhere though - romantic rendezvous, exotic location. However, I agree - he can bring back nice gifts.

jp said...

How do they get away with spelling "Qatar" without a U? That should be illegal.

Nebraska doesn't have any tourist travel laws. You can come see me instead.

Lorraine said...

Maybe you should come over this way while he's gone...

Sandi said...

Best of luck to him. Hope he's got a security escort while he's there.

Lilli & Nevada said...

I am sorry you can't go, it would be a great trip for the both of you.)-:

Middle Child said...

Ah well, think of all the new stuff you will have to regale each other with when he returns to you...