Professional development funding is available to support Network Member hospital librarians in the Pacific Southwest Region wishing to attend workshops or conferences, to develop their skills and knowledge in health information access and delivery. We expect to fund three awards, with a maximum award amount per person of $1,000, to cover registration fees and travel expenses. The activity and any associated travel must be completed by April 30, 2016. Applications submitted by Friday, October 16, will receive priority consideration. The award guidelines and application form, including submission instructions, are available on the NN/LM PSR Funding webpage. Awardees are expected to submit a Latitudes article reporting on the activity and associated benefits, after attending the event.
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On May 1, 2015, The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), published the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) value sets for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated eCQM value sets to electronically report 2016 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), and the EHR Incentive Programs. CMS updates these electronic reporting specifications annually to improve alignment with current clinical guidelines and terminologies and to remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.
The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released eCQM value sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the VSAC requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record (EHR) technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria.
The NLM update of the VSAC eCQM value sets coincides with the CMS posting of the annual update for the 2014 eCQMs for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals, available in the CMS eCQM Library. CMS has re-specified all of the 2015 updated measures using Quality Data Model (QDM) 4.1.2 based-HQMF version R 2.1. 2014 Clinical Quality Measure Resources.
The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 eCQMs.
- NLM: Value Set Authority Center (VSAC)
Provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures.
- CMS: eCQM Library
Guidance for understanding and using Eligible Hospital and the Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.
- ONC: Clinical Quality Measure Feedback System
ONC encourages the EHR technology developer and user communities to provide feedback regarding the implementation, structure, intent, and data elements pertaining to eCQMs.
- Questions? Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has published the annual update for the 2014 Eligible Hospital Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Value Sets. The update includes revised value sets to address deleted and remapped codes in the latest terminology versions, as well as new codes for addressing CQM logic corrections and clarifications. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates these electronic reporting specifications annually to ensure that the specifications align with current clinical guidelines and terminologies, and that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.
The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released 2014 CQM Value Sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the Value Set Authority Center requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria. The NLM update of the VSAC coincides with the CMS posting of the official updated 2014 Eligible Hospital Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs).
The following additional resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 CQMs:
- AHRQ: United States Healthcare Knowledge Database (USHIK) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s website with 2014 eCQMs and other health information technology resources. This site provides a number of formats for viewing, downloading, and comparing versions of eCQMs and their value sets.
- ONC: Clinical Quality Measure Feedback System ONC encourages the EHR technology developer and user communities to provide feedback regarding the implementation, structure, intent, and data elements pertaining to CQMs.
- For Questions: Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two new audio interviews, in a series focused on the use of quality improvement tools in the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals. The toolkit is a free resource to guide hospitals through the process of using the AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) to improve care. The following interviews are now available for downloading, with an audio file and transcript.
- Analyzing Your IQI and PSI Rates: Amelia Haviland from Carnegie Mellon University talks about several considerations involved in analyzing and working with your IQI and PSI rates.
- Using the Documentation and Coding Tool: Kathy Vermoch and Suzanne Rogers from UHC discuss strategies that hospitals can put in place to improve their documentation and coding, both of which are critical to the accuracy of AHRQ Quality Indicator rates.
Future podcasts will address the following topics:
- Identifying Your Improvement Priorities
- Analyzing Your Barriers and Strategy Options
- Implementing Changes to Improve Performance on the IQI or PSI Measures
- Achieving Sustainable Improvements
The entire AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals may also be downloaded. Slide presentations and an audio recording from an introductory Webinar about the Toolkit are also accessible. For additional information, please visit the AHRQ Quality Indicators web site.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a new blog, ReferencePoint, targeting health sciences library staff in the U.S. and abroad. Others who will benefit from the blog include library and information science faculty and students; and library staff at colleges and universities with health science majors, but no health sciences library.
ReferencePoint postings will:
- Increase the awareness of NLM products and services available online and onsite.
- Inform the targeted audiences about health sciences resources outside of NLM.
- Promote dialogue and learning exchanges between NLM staff and staff at other libraries.
This is a moderated blog which anyone can see; reference librarians and other NLM staff will write, review, and respond to comments during regular business hours. Ask questions or comment about any resources listed in the space at the end of each posting. You must register and log-in to post comments. You can also read ReferencePoint as an RSS feed. More information is available in the current issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Publishers have been shifting their journal publishing model from print to electronic journals over the past decade. The online availability of full-text articles proved very attractive to library patrons as medical students, clinicians, and researchers could get immediate access to their preferred titles from their desktops. Since 2000, medical libraries throughout the United States have increasingly shifted their journal subscriptions from the traditional print to the electronic journal version to meet user expectations of immediate access to material 24 hours a day.
While the shift to electronic journals has eased the pressure on the limited physical space in libraries, libraries increasingly have come under pressure to give up physical space to other areas of their parent organizations. As a result, libraries have had to discard the print holdings of some, many or all of their journal titles – limiting them to the years/volumes available online.
Some publishers have been working on converting the earlier print issues to electronic format through various means, but not all titles, and not all volumes. Libraries with a current subscription to the electronic version generally still have to purchase these backfiles of scanned print volumes – regardless of their previous print subscription. Furthermore, future access to backfiles at some publisher sites cannot be guaranteed.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are working to ensure the preservation and continued access to the historical literature through a new national cooperative medical journals print retention program. For the entire article about the national cooperative medical journals print retention program, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
LinkOut® for Libraries Frequently Asked Questions Page
Libraries interested in participating in LinkOut may also be interested in the new LinkOut for Libraries Frequently Asked Questions page. On this page, librarians will find answers to questions such as “What is LinkOut?” and “What is the LinkOut Library Submission Utility?” Additional questions and answers will be added in the future.
These questions are also available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources page.
From the 10/27/10 NLM Technical Bulletin
The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) RML is co-sponsoring a study about the value of libraries on patient care. This study is not limited to the Middle Atlantic Region; in fact, study personnel would like to have participation from all NN/LM regions. The study, the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care, will be conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Using an online survey and interviews, the study will investigate the impact of library resources and services on clinical decision-making. Study facilitators will be asked to identify an institutional champion to help promote the study, and to distribute the online survey to physicians, residents, and nurses in their institution. The survey will be launched in March 2011.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the Study Participation Interest Form. You will be contacted by the study team regarding your library’s eligibility, and about how to get started. If you would like a mentor to provide support and answer questions, one of the study team members will be happy to work closely with you.
Safety-net hospitals often struggle financially while providing a significant level of care to low-income, uninsured, and vulnerable communities. In a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, “Success Under Duress: How Five Hospitals Thrive Despite Challenging Payer Mix”, five California safety-net hospitals are identified as achieving financial success despite this challenging situation. In the report, the leaders of these hospitals reveal the business and operational practices which they credit for their success.
More information regarding this article can be found at the CHCF Publications page, including links to the issue brief and the full report.
Are you interested in how physicians might use Apple’s iPad device on rounds in the hospital? See an interesting article recounting one physician’s experience here: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/08/apples-ipad-medical-rounds-hands-physician-review.html. The article discusses privacy and security issues as well as the usability of the iPad during rounds.