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Archive for the ‘Affordable Care Act’ Category

Sharing a Library Profile and ACA Profile

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Here’s a profile that WebJunction recently shared on its homepage and project site about the efforts of Atlantic City Free Public Library to prepare for the Affordable Care Act:

New Resources Focus on Health Coverage and Access to Care for Kids

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

The MCH Library at Georgetown University released a new knowledge path, Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents.  The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. The knowledge path aims to help health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers learn more about the topic, to integrate what they know into their work in new ways to improve health coverage and access to care, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. The knowledge path is available at

A separate brief presents resources to help families learn more about and locate health insurance and health care for their children. The brief is available at

Also see Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Professionals ( and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Families ( to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website or e-news services.

Invitation to Provide Feedback to NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Dear Network Members:
The NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) Regional Medical Library is extending an invitation for all network members to provide feedback about the strengths of our program and future directions we should take.  This feedback will help us prepare for an upcoming site review from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on November 19, 2013.The goal of the site review is to:

  • help NN/LM MAR and NLM understand how the Regional Medical Library is serving its network membership
  • learn how NN/LM MAR can strengthen its program to meet current and emerging needs in the region, and
  • gather ideas for how NLM can support the national network

To provide feedback, please click on the link below.  You can answer as many questions as you want and/or provide other comments:

The responses from this questionnaire will be provided unedited (but without names attached) to those involved in the site review, specifically the site review team along with staff from NN/LM MAR and NLM.  These responses may also be included in the site team’s written report, which is made available to NN/LM MAR staff.  NN/LM MAR in turn, may decide to share the site review report with advisors or advisory groups such as our Regional Advisory Committee.

Your responses are very important to us.  So please take a few moments to send your feedback!  We will be collecting feedback through October 18, 2013.

Renae Barger, Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Middle Atlantic Region
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Affordable Care Act: Hear from the Experts! (Lunch with the RML Session)

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Date/Time:                      October 24, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Info:                                   Online / No registration required

Description: Assistors, Navigators and Marketplace Guides are certified and trained to educate and provide enrollment assistance to individuals and small businesses about health insurance options available through the Marketplace.  We have invited a representative from DE, NJ, NY and PA to participate on a panel discussion and answer questions about assisting consumers with the Marketplace.  Questions for this panel are being solicited in advance.  If you haven’t already asked your question, do so now:

Qualified representatives participating on this panel include:

  • Robin Stockton / Center for Family Services, Navigator Program, Camden, NJ
  • Rebecca Cashman / Resources for Human Development, Inc., Navigator Program, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lauren Pendergast / Program Coordinator for the Marketplace Guides at Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
  • Kathy Cannatelli / Director, Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Christiana Care Health System,  Wilmington, DE
  • Catherine C. LaMay / Program Manager, Saratoga Hospital Health Insurance Navigation Program, Saratoga Springs, NY

Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2014 in Chicago!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

October is National Medical Librarians Month!  Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2014 in Chicago!

Are you doing something to highlight your services and contributions to research, education and improved patient outcomes?  Perhaps you are promoting the importance of understandable health information as part of Health Literacy Month?  Or, maybe you have presented results from the Value Study to your stakeholders?

We invite you to share stories (and photos) that reflect how you are taking an active role in promoting the value of medical librarian contributions to your library, institution and/or community.  MAR will be collecting these stories and highlighting them on our website throughout October.

Anyone submitting a story before Oct. 31st will be entered into a random drawing to receive an award to cover registration and airfare to MLA 2014.  Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but only ONE entry per person. Send all stories and photos to

Be sure to check out MLA’s promotional items and resources to market library services and value at:

Do You Have Questions about the Affordable Care Act? (Lunch with the RML Session)

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Session Postponed!

We had previously announced a September webinar (description below).  We have postponed the session until later in October.  We’ll announce the new date in our weekly postings, as well as:

Share Your Questions with Us!

We would like to collect your questions in advance for our panel to address for this forthcoming session.  So please complete this survey:

Description:  NN/LM MAR will be inviting Navigators from DE, NJ, NY and PA to participate on a panel discussion and answer questions about assisting consumers with the Marketplace.  Navigators play a role in all types of Marketplaces, are funded through state and federal grant programs, and must complete comprehensive training.

Libraries Lead the Way in Preparing for the Affordable Care Act

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Making Equity a Value in Value-Based Health Care

Friday, October 4th, 2013

An important perspective article in the November issue of Academic Medicine is now available online. Titled, “Making Equity a Value in Value-Based Health Care,” the article is by Drs. Philip Alberti, Ann Bonham, and Darrell Kirch, all from AAMC. In the article, the authors “envision how disparities-related provisions in the Affordable Care Act and other recent legislation could be linked with new value-based health care requirements and payment models to create incentives for narrowing health care disparities and move the nation toward equity. Specifically, the authors explore how recent legislative actions regarding payment reform, health information technology, community health needs assessments, and expanding health equity research could be woven together to build an evidence base for solutions to health care inequities. Although policy interventions at the clinical and payer levels alone will not eliminate disparities, given the significant role the social determinants of health play in the etiology and maintenance of inequity, such policies can allow the health care system to better identify and leverage community assets; provide high-quality, more equitable care; and demonstrate that equity is a value in health.”

Online Forum for Leading Health Care Innovation

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Harvard Business Review and the New England Journal of Medicine have made available a new website, “Leading Health Care Innovation.” It is described as “an eight-week online forum devoted to helping leaders, managers, and others in health care increase value by improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.”

Health Reform Subsidy Calculator

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its health reform subsidy calculator to provide ZIP code-specific estimates of the insurance premiums and tax subsidies available for people who buy coverage for 2014 through the new state health insurance marketplaces: