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MAR-Funded Study Needs Primary Care Providers to Test and Use a Clinical Information Tool

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other providers practicing in community health centers and primary care practices are invited to participate in a Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh study.

The purpose of this study is to validate whether or not a web-based clinical information tool provides access to free relevant information that can be used at the point-of-care.

For this reason, the study needs primary care providers working in community-based or primary care settings to individually volunteer for one month to use a website to answer their day-to-day patient care questions. The use of the web-based clinical information tool will take place where the provider currently uses the Internet to do this task. At the end of the month, these providers will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about their perception of the site. This questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Primary care providers willing to participate in this validation study will receive an email containing directions on how to access the site, a short video about the site, and other instructional information for the study.

Web analytic software will be used to monitor the use of the site through collecting and analyzing non-identifiable usage information. Non-identifiable usage information includes search feature usage, keywords used in search, and time spent on the site.

There are no foreseeable risks associated with using this website or with completion of the online questionnaire. All references to study participant names, and any other identifiable data, will be kept anonymous if used in any report, presentation, or publication.

Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

After completion of the study and the questionnaire, each participant will receive a $500 stipend in a prepaid debit card, along with instructions on how to activate the card.

Whether or not you choose to participate in this study will have no effect on your relationship with NN/LM MAR or with the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions or wish to participate, contact Charlie Wessel, Principal Investigator, by phone at (412) 648-8730 or by email at cbw@pitt.edu.

Charles B. Wessel, M.L.S.

Head of Research & Reference Initiatives

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

MAR Announces the Winter Issue of the MAReport Newsletter

Friday, March 6th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the new issue of our newsletter, The MAReport. We have a nice range of topics in this issue.  We want to highlight the interesting “Member Spotlight” article by Valli Hoski.

MedlinePlus No Longer Providing Interactive Tutorial Modules

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As of Friday, February 27, the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus resource is no longer providing a library of interactive tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. The Anatomy and Surgery videos remain available.

This decision is based on trends NLM has observed from users, and the desire to provide information that most closely aligns with user needs. NLM welcomes feedback about how MedlinePlus information should be presented and what type of content is missing. Feel free to send suggestions or comments through the Contact Us form.

HHS Invites Participation in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting private payers, employers, providers, patients, states, consumer groups, individual consumers, and other partners within the health care community to participate in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (“Network”).  First announced on January 26 by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the Network has been created to support the transformation of the nation’s health care delivery system to one that achieves better care, smarter spending, and healthier people through the expansion of new health care payment models.

Cooperation through the Network supports efforts to help the entire U.S. health care system match or exceed the goals recently announced for Medicare: tying 30% of fee-for-service payments to quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and tying 50% of payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2018.  It will also support the broader goal of tying the vast majority of payments in the health care system to quality or value.

For more information on the Network, please visit: innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Health-Care-Payment-Learning-and-Action-Network/.  The Network’s kickoff event is planned for March 25, 2015.

Attached are a fact sheet, frequently asked questions document, and blog post about the Network.  The blog post can also be found here: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/blog/index.html.  Please contact the CMS Office of Legislation (202-690-8220) if you have any questions. Thank you.

2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Friday, March 6th, 2015

With the winter still sitting on Boston in a big way, it’s nice to think about June and the 2015 Health Literacy Leadership Institute: http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute. The Health Literacy Leadership Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine is a one-week advanced professional development opportunity for those working in health literacy and those interested in doing more to improve health literacy in the United States and around the globe.

Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach. Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation. Throughout the week, participants work on a health literacy educational program of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

For more information about the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, please visit our website http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute  or contact the Course Director at Sabrina.Kurtz_Rossi@tufts.edu.

Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

  • Two digital tours will be offered of CDC.gov/healthliteracy and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network Libraries of Medicine, Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.
  • Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time: https://j.mp/CDCwebtour

What is Big (Crisis) Data?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Save the Date! NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their April 9th webinar from Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi.  Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.

Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick at http://irevolution.net/bio

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing.  More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Honoring the Retirement of NLM Director Dr. Donald Lindberg

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys has announced a special program and reception to be held on Monday, March 30, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, to celebrate the contributions of NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, on the occasion of his retirement.  The public is invited.  RSVPs are due by Monday, March 16.

Also, anyone is invited to share stories, words of gratitude and humor, photos, or any combination thereof, for a memory book parting gift for Dr. and Mrs. Lindberg.  Submissions should be composed on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper and e-mailed to publicinfo@nlm.nih.gov, or hand delivered or mailed to Mary Miller, NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL), Building 38, Room 2S15F, MSC 3812, Bethesda, MD 20894, by Monday, March 16.

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine Board seeks your help in identifying candidates for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

  •  Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be received by June 1, via email, fax, or mail at the following address:
    Friends of the National Library of Medicine
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • or send to ronica.lu@fnlm.org

Please go to the link below for more information including a nomination form:  http://fnlm.org/debakey.php

Hospital-Community Partnerships

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

As the transition from a fee-for-service model to a value-based system continues to build momentum, it will largely be up to hospital leaders to chart a new course forward. To aid in this effort, a new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) outlines how health system executives, boards and their communities can work together to improve the quality of care.

The report, “Leadership Toolkit for Redefining the H: Engaging Trustees and Communities,” is the product of two AHA committees–one that hosted events in 2014 to collaborate with community partners, and another that conducted a survey of 949 CEOs and 629 trustees to gauge how well hospital and health system governance practices are prepared for a changing healthcare environment.

“The Redefining the H report is incredibly valuable not only in terms of articulating a shared set of principles, but offering a toolkit for community conversations,” AHA Chairman Jonathan Perlin said in a podcast regarding the report. “Triple Aim [better care, better health and lower costs] and ‘Redefining the H’ are demonstrative of the link between the immediate advocacy agenda for hospitals in terms of their current mission requirements and their collective aspirations in terms of defining a healthier future.”

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In its “leadership toolkit,” the report offers some of the following recommendations for hospital and health system leaders in their efforts to engage the community:

Drive policy that supports collaboration. Hospitals and the community must work together to incentivize partnerships that get consumers more involved in the system and in their own care, according to the AHA.

Engage in broad-based, ongoing dialogue. “Move outside the hospital’s comfort zone to listen to voices and perspectives that often go unheard in general hospital meetings and planning sessions,” the report states, later providing guidance for how to host “Community Conversation” events.

Use community health need assessments as a planning tool. Hospitals should not just conduct these surveys because they are required, but should use them as a blueprint for how multiple stakeholders can work together to improve population health.

Consider a holistic approach. In the future, the emblematic blue “H” should bring to mind “health” instead of “hospital,” according to the report, noting that reimbursement systems also must change to incentivize keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital.

Hospital leaders can be agents of change by also pursuing “high-performance governance practices” such as building a board-CEO co-leadership partnership; establishing a foundation of trust and effective communication; and defining a clear path for transformation, according to the report.

This is not the first AHA report to emphasize the importance of hospital-community collaboration. The organization released a guide in 2013 for small and rural hospitals to further their efforts to develop effective population health management partnerships, FierceHealthcare previously reported. And in December, the AHA released a comprehensive report that examined best practices from successful health partnerships around the country