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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
The Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is hosting a free 1‑day Marketplace training event for partners and stakeholders who provide general information or help educate consumers about the Marketplace, and/or help them apply for coverage.
This session does not fulfill the certification requirements for Navigators or other assisters, or for agents and brokers. The web-based training for certification of Navigators/Certified Assistance Counselors will be available in August, and for agents and brokers in July.
The training sessions will cover the following:
- An Overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace
- Information on Health Insurance Literacy
- Current Marketplace Topics
- Best Practices and Lessons Learned
As with the South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA, the states of AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX align exactly with CMS Region 6. Four training events are currently scheduled for Region 6: Houston, TX (August 5); Dallas, TX (August 27 & August 28); and Baton Rouge, LA (September 18).
For more information, including how to register, visit: http://www.seiservices.com/cmsmp2014/mp/MPHome.aspx
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Several recently released studies indicate that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped reduce the number of uninsured Americans by between 8 and 11 million in the first year of the Marketplaces. Other key points from one report¹:
- Many of the previously uninsured have used their new coverage to obtain needed care
- The uninsured rate for people ages 19-64 declined from 20% in the period July – September 2013 to 15% in the period April – June 2014
- Young men and women (ages 19-34) made up a significant portion of the decline
- In states which expanded Medicaid coverage, the uninsured rate for people in poverty declined at an even higher rate (28% to 17%)
A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of Navigators and Assister programs nationwide found that an estimated 10.6 million people received personal help from Navigators and Assisters during the Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). In total, more than 4,400 Assister Program provided assistance for enrollment. Most Assister programs reported that people looking for health insurance sought help because they did not understand the ACA or health insurance and lacked confidence to apply on their own. In addition, the survey showed that 90% of Assister Programs have already been re-ontacted by consumers with post-enrollment questions and problems.²
The next Open Enrollment Period for insurance coverage will begin on November 15, 2014. If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the Marketplace, you can apply to be a Certified Application Counselor (CAC). Attend an informational webinar on July 23rd at 1:00 p.m. CT for clarification regarding eligibility requirements. For more information on the CAC program, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/cac.html
Information on the webinar:
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is a national initiative from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), specifically designed to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. It also seeks to give healthcare providers the tolls they need to promote patient engagement. An overview of the full range of resources included in C2C will be presented in a webinar on Wednesday, July 30th, at 11:00 a.m. CT: http://ow.ly/zpUfo
¹Gaining Ground: American’s Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care After the Affordable Care Act’s First Open Enrollment Period
²Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Health Insurance Marketplace Assister Programs
Friday, July 18th, 2014
How do HIPPA, Personal Health Records and Online Health Information Sharing impact your library? What is the role of encryption and secure wireless networks in maintaining online privacy and security? What are password management tools and how can they affect your private information?
Want to know more? A recording of the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions entitled, Health Information and Online Privacy for You and Your Organization is now available in the archives.
This webinar will be available for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit. View the recording before August 1, 2014 to receive MLA CE.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Call for Nominations: As the U.S. Member of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is soliciting nominations of potential candidates for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees – Content, Quality Assurance, Implementation & Education (formerly Implementation and Innovation), and Technical. These Committees have important roles in the ongoing development of the SNOMED CT clinical terminology and in the IHTSDO. Nominations are due to NLM by COB August 4, 2014.
The current roster, terms of reference, and recent reports of each Committee are available on the IHTSDO website. The Committees are described in Sections 9.4-9.5 of the Articles of the IHTSDO.
Roughly half of each Standing Committee’s 12 members are serving terms that expire in December 2014. People elected to these slots will serve for 2 years (Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016). There may be additional Committee vacancies caused by resignations; people elected to fill these mid-term slots will serve for 1 year (Jan-Dec. 2015).
Current Committee members whose terms are expiring are eligible for re-nomination to the same committee provided they have not served more than six consecutive years on that committee. Re-nomination to the same committee is possible after sitting out a minimum of one year from the date they left the Committee. There is no impediment to a Committee member leaving one Committee and being nominated to another. Current Committee members eligible for re-nomination must submit a nomination package (see details below).
U.S. Nomination Process: All U.S. SNOMED CT Affiliate Licensees (aka, all U.S. UMLS Licensees) may vote to select the U.S. candidates for IHTSDO Committees. The timeline for nominations and elections is:
- July 15 – August 4: NLM accepts nominations of potential candidates for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees. Only candidates with complete nomination packets will be accepted (see below for details and required forms).
- August 6 – August 25: U.S. SNOMED CT Affiliates cast votes for their top three candidates for each Standing Committee. Instructions for casting ballots will be sent to U.S. SNOMED CT Affiliates on August 5th. For each Committee, the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes will become the U.S. nominees for the Committee.
- September 1, 2014: NLM will submit the names of the three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes as nominees for each of the four Committees to the IHTSDO for consideration by the IHTSDO General Assembly.
- October 26-29, 2014: IHTSDO will announce the final results of the election process during the General Assembly Meeting to be held in conjunction with the IHTSDO Community of Practice Meeting.
Committee Obligations and Participation Logistics: English is the official language of the IHTSDO, but Committee Members must be willing to take extra steps to ensure understanding by those for whom English is a second language. Teleconference arrangements are available for all Committee meetings, but, given the geographic distribution of IHTSDO members (currently 27 Members from all corners of the globe), meeting schedules cannot be convenient for all relevant time zones. The IHTSDO encourages Committee Members to attend at least one of the two major IHTSDO meetings each year in person. Committee Members must participate (either in person or via teleconference) in at least 50% of their Committee’s meetings to retain their seat on the Committee. U.S. Committee members may also be called upon to provide advice and input to NLM on matters related to the IHTSDO and SNOMED CT.
Submitting your nomination: Nominations are due to NLM by COB August 4, 2014. Please submit your nomination packets to NLM by e-mail with the subject line “US Nominations – IHTSDO Standing Committees”. NOTE: Nominations MUST be for a specific Committee.
Monday, July 14th, 2014
Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant.
There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:
Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM
More information, including registration specifics, will be coming soon.
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Please join us Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s free monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.
The topic for next week’s presentation has been changed from what was previously announced.
Technology Coordinator Emily Hurst will present on online privacy and security. In May Emily spoke about online heath information and privacy as part of a panel for OCLC’s Web Junction webinar series Health Happens In Libraries. For Wednesday’s SCR CONNECTions Emily has expanded on this topic to address issues related to health information online, password creation, wifi security, mobile devices, and more.
This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.
How to Log In
Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio.
Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.
**Do Not Place Call on Hold**
Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).
As always, our webinars are free of charge and open to anyone.
Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
The July issue of NIH News in Health,
the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:
Sun and Skin: The Dark Side of Sun Exposure
Sunlight is essential to many living things, but it also has a dangerous side. The good news is you can take simple steps to protect your skin from sun damage.
Read more about sun and skin.
Fight Off Food Poisoning: Food Safety for Warmer Weather
It can be hard to keep foods safe to eat during warmer weather. Learn how to handle food properly to avoid the misery of food poisoning.
Read more about food poisoning.
• Physical Activity Helps Seniors Stay Mobile
• Kidney Failure and Its Treatment
• Featured Website: Bionic Man
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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Are you weeding your collection? Don’t immediately throw the journals away. Check with NLM to see if they need missing journals.
NLM’s Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation/ or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov . NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html.
Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection. With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
The TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, team building, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders. This year’s Institute was held June 15-18 at the Montserrat Retreat Center, Lake Dallas, TX. During the days of the Institute, participants learned about these topics in a variety of formats, including large group instruction, small group discussions, and time for individual assessment and planning.
This year’s class of 24 students, included librarians from public libraries, elementary, middle, and high school libraries, and college and university libraries. Emily Hurst (Technology Coordinator) and Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator) from the NN/LM South Central Region office were also part of this year’s class. In addition, six mentors joined the group for all sessions and were available for one-on-one conversation with participants. The mentors were: Sharon Amastae, recently retired from Ysleta ISD in El Paso (TLA President 2014-15); Susan Mann, Library Director at Hillsboro City Library, and TLA 2014-2015 President Elect; Dan Burgard, Library Director at the UNT Health Science Center; Dr. Martin Halbert, Dean of the University of North Texas Libraries; Dr. Loriene Roy, Professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and also a past president of ALA; and Susan Geye, Coordinator of Library Services at Everman ISD.
Maureen Sullivan and Jack Siggins served as instructors and facilitators. Maureen Sullivan is an organizational development consultant to libraries and other information organizations. Sullivan is currently on the faculty of the annual ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a professor of practice in the new Ph.D./Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Sullivan is also a past president of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) and LLAMA (Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Association), and is Past President of the American Library Association in 2013-14.Her husband, Jack Siggins, has recently retired as head of the Gelman Library at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, since 1995. Previously he served for ten years as Deputy University Librarian at Yale University. He has also held positions at the Library of Congress, the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Chicago. This year marked the 20th year that Maureen and Jack have served as facilitators for TALL Texans.
The Leadership Development Institute is the major activity by which the Texas Library Association (TLA) endeavors to provide a statewide impetus for expanded leadership education opportunities for all TLA members. More information is available from the TLA website: TALL Texans.
Reflections from TALL Texans - Emily Hurst and Cheryl Rowan
Both Emily and Cheryl expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be a part of this community of Texas Library leaders.
Reflections from Emily: “The TALL Texans Leadership Institute endeavors to provide leadership minded librarians with an overview of many different aspects of leadership. Facilitators do an excellent job of distilling information on leadership and leading discussions for the group. I have always been aware the writing on leadership seems voluminous and then even knowing what research to trust on this topic seems daunting. Maureen and Jack were excellent guides on the leadership literature. Sharing their wealth of experience and research with the group provided us all with valuable resources and information for further review.
During my time at TALL Texans I began to appreciate the challenges all librarians have to contend with. No matter what type of library; school, public, academic, or special all of the leadership information provided was relatable and relevant. During each session attendees had the opportunity to ask probing questions of the facilitators and to share experiences. Mentors as well as other attendees provided insights into aspects of leadership in their everyday life. There were so many moments to learn and grow together through the training.
Some of my favorite activities including an exercise on coaching where groups were able to practice the role of the coach, the client, and the listener. This exercise made me aware that some of the reactions that I have that seem to come naturally are valuable leadership qualities. In addition taking time to reflect on the topics or exercises was invaluable. In our busy day-to-day lives taking time to reflect on our activities is often neglected. Overall found the reflection time to be some of the best for arranging my thoughts and taking of ways the information that was just covered would be applicable in everyday life.
All in all the information provided at the institute was very valuable or anyone interested in leadership roles in professional organizations or management positions. It is important that anyone moving into these types of positions have the proper training and experience so that they can provide those they lead or management with a safe, organized, and effective environment in which to learn and grow. Without strong leaders with proper leadership training institutions and organizations can falter.”
Comments from Cheryl: “The TALL Texans Institute was a great time to learn from both theory and practice of the instructors, mentors, and participants. I especially enjoyed the time for personal reflection and assessment and the opportunities to meet and learn from fellow students. I look forward to developing deeper relationships with many of these individuals. I loved seeing our SCC/MLA mascot “up close and personal too!”
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download, and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. The NIH 3D Print Exchange also provides video tutorials and additional resources with instruction on 3D modeling software to enable users to customize and create 3D prints.
“3D printing is a potential game changer for medical research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “At NIH, we have seen an incredible return on investment; pennies’ worth of plastic have helped investigators address important scientific questions while saving time and money. We hope that the 3D Print Exchange will expand interest and participation in this new and exciting field among scientists, educators and students.”
NIH uses 3D printing, or the creation of a physical object from a digital model, to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus, and help plan medical procedures. The 3D Print Exchange makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote collaboration. The site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files.
The 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). “3D printing is helping to advance science at NIAID and beyond,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The ability to design and print tangible models of pathogens, for example, can give researchers a fresh perspective on the diseases they study and open new and promising lines of investigation.”
Additional support is provided by other NIH components, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine. The 3D Print Exchange is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Ignite External Web Site Policy and Ventures External Web Site Policy programs, which help support innovation within the agency.