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National Hospice Palliative Care Month

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month.

Hospice care refers to end-of-life care, with the goal to provide peace, comfort, and dignity for those dying.  The focus of the care is on comfort, not cure.  Hospice care can take place at home, or in a hospice center, hospital, or skilled nursing facility.

Palliative care treatment provides pain relief for serious illnesses and can be applied to anyone who is experiencing “discomforts, symptoms, and stress of a serious illness.”  With the goal to reduce discomfort, palliative care is always part of hospice care.

Visit the MedlinePlus topic pages on Hospice Care and Palliative Care for specific information on topics such as coping, specific health conditions, current NIH research and clinical trials, journal articles, and relevant organizations.

Healthcare.gov Open Enrollment Important Dates

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

If you haven’t been back to HealthCare.gov in a while, it’s time to change that. Come back and apply for 2015 coverage on or after November 15th.

We can help you get ready for the next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.

Open Enrollment is the time when you can find a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or see if you can get help paying for coverage. If you want to make sure you’re covered in 2015, mark these 4 dates on your calendar:

  • November 15, 2014. This is your first day to apply for, keep, or change your coverage.
  • December 15, 2014. Enroll by the 15th if you want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2015. If your plan is changing or you want to change plans, enroll by December 15th to avoid a lapse in coverage.
  • December 31, 2014. The day all 2014 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled. Coverage for 2015 plans can start as soon as January 1st.
  • February 15, 2015. The last day you can enroll in 2015 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment.

So save the dates and share them with your friends and family — because no one should miss out on affordable health coverage just because they missed the deadline.

The HealthCare.gov Team

Get Covered in 2015: What You Need to Know

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

On November 15th, millions of Americans will return to HealthCare.gov to find a new health insurance plan or re-enroll in their current plan.

Here are 3 things you can do right now to get ready:

We want to make sure every single American who needs good, affordable health insurance knows how to get it.

Take a look, mark your calendar, and spread the word!

The HealthCare.gov Team

Webinar: Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the U.S. are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies. The discussion will be on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

When:   Friday, October 31st / 3 – 4 pm (ET)

Leaders from:

  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS
  • Intergovernmental and External Affairs, HHS
  • Department of Transportation

How:  Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Audio streaming for this call is also available at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=881903&s=1&k=9993B9653B997A940CA3801B5A9E9D4F

HHS held two previous calls, Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola, on October 9th and October 20th.  Auto replays and transcripts of these calls are available at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ebola-calls.aspx for your reference.

Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage and CDC Ebola Webpage regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (eocreport@cdc.gov).

Ebola Webinars and More

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Webinar:  Ebola Preparedness and Response:  What Every Nurse Needs to Know!

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Tuesday, October 28th / 1:00 pm (ET)

ANA has brought together a panel of health care experts to discuss what every nurse needs to know to be prepared to protect themselves from contracting Ebola while providing quality patient care.  This 90-minute webinar will cover topics designed to ensure that you and your organization are ready.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876357&sessionid=1&key=DA6329A9C22C23BA0036F2237092C24E&sourcepage=register

Webinar:  Lessons Learned from Texas:  How You Can Help with the Ebola Threat

Texas Nurses Association / Texas Organization for Executive Nurses / American Nurses Association

Thursday, October 30th / 1:00 pm (ET)

The state of Texas was thrust into the national spotlight when it treated the first case of Ebola in the U.S. at the end of September.  The city of Dallas had to quickly mobilize and determine how to best support all health care workers, hospitals and other care facilities while planning for the real possibility that more patients with Ebola would present themselves.  This webinar will highlight what nurses need to know to effectively handle Ebola cases, including chief nursing officer preparation, critical resource mobilization, balanced communications, and practical application of new processes and procedures.  Space is limited for this complimentary webinar.

https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=876407&sessionid=1&key=0CFA0456213478871C0F3045B4DA70DC&sourcepage=register

FDA 2014 Ebola Virus Emergency Use Authorizations for Testing Assays

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) to authorize the emergency use of testing assays in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.  The FDA provides access to letters of authorization, fact sheets for healthcare providers and patients, and labeling document for each EUA.  This website is updated as additional EUA’s are released:  http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/ucm161496.htm#ebola

The EAUs along with additional documents from the FDA can be found in Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&SourceID[]=128

Information Specialists Vital to the Ebola Effort

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is documenting staff efforts in the fight against Ebola through a blog series “Profiles in Courage.”  The October 24th entry focuses on two Information Officers (IO) who “compile, collate and verify all the information about the U.S. Government’s Ebola response efforts and the crisis at large.”  This blog entry discusses the critical role that information is playing in the response efforts, and describes the work of the two IOs:  http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/10/paloma-and-alisha-the-information-gurus-behind-the-u-s-ebola-response/

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance during the Open Enrollment Period (Lunch with the RML session)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Presenter:  Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office

Date / Time:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / 10:30 – 11:30 am (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015.  This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.  Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options.  This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • This session will be meeting on a Tuesday, rather than our typical Thursday time slot
  • We will offer 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit for this single session

Ebola Information for Children and Families

Monday, October 27th, 2014

HHS Administration for Children and Families has released Ebola: Planning Considerations for Human Services Programs.  You can get this resource at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/resource/ebola-planning-considerations.

New Versions of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español Mobile Sites

Monday, October 27th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_medlineplus_mobile.html

NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This initiative is a part of its previously-announced Web content collecting effort, which is guided by the NLM Collection Development Manual and other strategic collecting efforts. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from Government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

The content is part of the NLM’s broader Web collection on “Global Health Events.” The NLM will continue to develop, review, describe, and add content to the collection, as it also expands its overall capacity to collect Web content. With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent health care information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear!

Post-Superstorm Sandy Summit

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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