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Health Insurance Exchange: One year anniversary

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the launch of the Health Insurance Exchange and the chaos surrounding it!

Enrollment for the Health Insurance Exchange (also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) begins November 15, 2014 and goes to February 15, 2015. Many individuals enrolled last year and some changes have occurred. For instance, Oregon’s Cover Oregon website remains a place to start but Oregon has switched to using Healthcare.gov for its Health Insurance Exchange source.

Those involved in the Health Insurance Exchange process may want to take some time to review the information in preparation for those seeking help when enrolling for the coming year.

A new feature to the Pacific Northwest Region’s Affordable Care Act page is a section of information specific to such populations as Seniors, Americans with Disabilities, Immigrant and Refugee Populations, LGBTQ community, Farm and Migrant Workers, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, and Veterans. These particular populations often have concerns regarding their rights and responsibilities that others do not face. We want to make sure all populations have the information they need when it comes to the Health Insurance Exchange.

Funding Available for MLA Fall Webcast Series

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The NN/LM PNR will sponsor sites to host one or more webinars in the Medical Library Association Fall Webinar Series. Group viewings as well as individual viewings are available. For group viewings, NN/LM PNR will pay registration fees for selected sites that agree to host and promote the webcast for colleagues in their area. Individual registration is also available if a group viewing is not possible.For more information, see: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/funding/MLA-Webcast.html.

PNR Rendezvous for September 17 – Root Cause Analysis

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Root Cause Analysis (RCA): an opportunity for hospital librarians to provide value added service, presented by Kathy Fatkin of the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Health Sciences Library.

September 17, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Root cause analysis is a method for evaluating the big picture as well as the details of a serious error or a near miss to provide hospitals with an understanding of how and why an error occurred and how it might be avoided in the future.  The main objective of the RCA is to take action to address the underlying causes of the error.  One component of the RCA is a literature review.  The medical librarian can provide a literature search and gather the appropriate articles to provide information necessary to identify causes of errors and the corrective actions that reduce the likelihood of the error happening again.  By using a standardized format to evaluate the literature collected the librarian can provide the RCA team with a summary of the literature that includes a statement to answer the clinical questions that the incident generated which saves the team time and allows them to focus attention on the local factors that contributed to the error. Involving the librarian early in the process before the team meets ensures the information they need is available when they determine an action plan to address the problems they identify.

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future PNR Rendezvous webcasts.

PNR Rendezvous for August 20 – RELM Project

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

RELM: Research and Evidence Literacy in Medicine presented by Ann Gleason and Sherry Dodson of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.

August 20, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Next Wednesday, August 20, Ann Gleason and Sherry Dodson will be speaking about the RELM: Research and Evidence Literacy in Medicine gaming project. Gaming as a means of delivering online education is gaining in popularity. Online games provide an engaging and enjoyable way of learning. Gaming is especially appropriate for case-based teaching, and provides a safe environment for experiential learning. With funding from the National Libraries of Medicine, the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library and the UW School of Medicine partnered to create on interactive, self-paced online game encouraging players to employ the four steps in practicing evidence-based medicine (EBM). The intended audience for the game is practicing physicians, residents and medical students interested in furthering their skills in using EBM. Sherry and Ann will discuss the history of the project, results of our beta testing and lessons learned about creating games. We will also present a short demo of the game which is in the final stages of being developed.

To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future PNR Rendezvous webcasts.

Resources on Depression from the NIH

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams from an apparent suicide has brought attention to the plight of many who suffer from depression, an estimated 1 in 10 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer as well as their friends and family. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions, and it can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Although many people with depression do not seek treatment or are not helped by the treatment they receive, the majority can improve with treatment.

The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resource, MedlinePlus, offers a variety of resources about depression, including educational videos and tutorials, materials in other languages (and the entire site in Spanish), links to symptoms and treatment options, patient handouts, and ways to connect with organizations and support groups. NIHSeniorHealth.gov also provides consumer-based information specific to seniors, as depression is a common problem among older adults. SeniorHealth.gov has the option to increase text size and change the contrast, to make it easier to read. The NIH National Institute on Aging has added depression resources, including causes and prevention, and toll-free numbers to call for help.

The NIH National Institute of Mental Health is the primary organization for research about depression. Check their website for information on clinical trials, health topics, funding opportunities and current research priorities. The also publish booklets, fact sheets and brochure; and host monthly Twitter chats.

 

Free Online Course Offering: Clinical Trials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE contact hours in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse?  NN/LM MCR has got you covered with a 4 credit hour CE online class on ClinicalTrials.gov.  Read on for the details: (more…)