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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for November, 2013

The Affordable Care Act: Myths and Misinformation

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

by Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

We all know that there have been some issues with the health insurance exchange rollout and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” Implementation has been troubled and confusing for many trying to understand and/or enroll in a health plan. Adding to the confusion, there seems to be a lot of misinformation or myths surrounding the ACA. Many professionals in the health care arena are weighing in on what the ACA means for patients and what all of these changes in health care will bring in the future. No matter what your politics or views of the PPACA are, it is becoming increasingly clear that sweeping changes are occurring that will have a significant impact on what the future of health care looks like in this country.

The optimistic think that the changes will help the health care system make even greater strides towards patient-centered care by engaging the patient and helping individuals be an active part of their health care team. In a paper from the urban Institute, on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors discuss how the ACA “places new emphasis on measuring patients’ experiences of care and using that information to improve care.” The law itself uses general terms to describe quality measures, but increasingly patient-centered assessments such as patient satisfaction, patient experience of care, patient engagement, and shared decision-making will be the new measure of quality health care. To read the full report, please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation page: http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2012/03/will-the-affordable-care-act-move-patient-centeredness-to-center.html

Of course there are those working actively to repeal the ACA and it’s important that we all, as health care consumers, arm ourselves with the facts so that we can make those necessary health care decisions. Here are a few select sites that address the myths surrounding health reform.

1) White House – Get the Facts Straight on Health Reform: http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/myths-and-facts
2) AARP: Your Guide to the Health Care Law: http://www.aarp.org/health/affordable-care-act/?intcmp=AE-HEA-IL-ACA-HLF
3) FactCheck.Org – Obamacare Myths: http://www.factcheck.org/2013/09/obamacare-myths/
4) Media Matters: 15 Myths the Media Should Ignore During Obamacare Implementation: http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/10/01/15-myths-the-media-should-ignore-during-obamaca/196181

Even as patient engagement seems to be “in” right now as the catchphrase of the moment, the idea that patients and providers act as partners in managing individuals’ health is not going to go away. Personally, I think it’s a myth that patients aren’t really interested in engaging in their own health care. There are many signs that this movement toward patient-centered and patient-driven health care is gaining momentum and that can only mean good things for all of us in the future.

Beyond the SEA – December 18, 2013 - PubMed Update - Recording Available

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p5qavilihwo/

12pm-1pm EST

Join NTC and NLM trainers for a one-hour PubMed update session via Adobe Connect.  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months.  Bring your question!

Presenters: Trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine

What do you need to join this conference?

A computer (with Flash installed)

A telephone

How do I connect?

·         Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/      

·         Enter as a Guest

·         Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some other reason cannot let Adobe connect call you phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

Beyond the SEA - PubMed Update - December 18, 2013

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

PubMed Update

12 Noon to 1PM (EST)

Join NTC and NLM trainers for a one-hour PubMed update session via Adobe Connect.  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months.  Bring your questions!

Presenters:  Trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

What do you need to join this conference?

A computer (with Flash installed)

A telephone

How do I connect?

·         Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/      

·         Enter as a Guest

·         Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some other reason cannot let Adobe connect call you phone, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

NLM’s WISER for Windows 4.5 Now Available

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.

Here’s a closer look at what’s new in this release:

  • Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
  • ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.

WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WebWISER 4.5, which includes CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 updates, and more
  • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

Share Your Success: 2013 Winner Announced

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) is pleased to announce that Joan Colburn, Director of Library and Knowledge Services at Mountain AHEC in Ashville, NC, has won our National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) Share Your Success drawing for a $1000 MLA 2014. travel scholarship. She will be able to charge up to $1000 for airfare, hotel, and per diem to the NN/LM SE/A  for the MLA 2014 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

We want to thank everyone who submitted a story about your success. There were not as many submissions this year as in previous years, so feel free to give us suggestions on how we may promote medical libraries and medical librarians in our region.

Congratulations, Joan.  We’ll be seeing you in Chicago, IL!

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland