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NLM Value Set Authority Center Publishes Annual Update for 2014

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:

New Podcasts in the Interview Series From the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals

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.

NLM Launches ReferencePoint Blog

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.

NLM and NN/LM National Cooperative Medical Journals Print Retention Program

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 FAQ Page Now Available!

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

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care

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.

Success Under Duress: How Five Hospitals Thrive Despite Challenging Payer Mix

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.

Apple’s iPad on Medical Rounds

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.

EHR Meaningful Use and Standards Published

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the final version of the rules for EHR “meaningful use,” as well as EHR standards and certification criteria for electronic health records.

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a summary of the meaningful use rules.

Medical App Review Blog

Are you interested in learning about mobile “apps” for medicine? The blog iMedicalApps is worth adding to your RSS feed list. The blog features iPad/iPhone and Android medical app reviews by health care professionals. Recent articles have talked about the use of the iPad in the operating room and other hospital settings. Check it out at http://www.imedicalapps.com/.