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CMS 2016 Final Rule and Emergency Preparedness

SCR News - Fri, 2017-04-21 19:00

Untitled by Brian Leaf is licensed under CC0.


This past week, I had the privilege of attending the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Conference in New Orleans. It was a brand new topic for me, covering the four phases of emergency response:

  • Mitigation
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

We heard from hospitals who served events like the Boston Marathon bombing, the Pulse Night Club incident, ransomware attacks, and and the recent flooding in August 2016. The focus of the conference, however, was on the the Joint Commission standards and, in particular, the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers that went into effect on November 16, 2016.

According to a 2016 press release, the existing requirements for providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid did not include:

“(1) communication to coordinate with other systems of care within cities or states;

(2) contingency planning; and

(3) training of personnel.”

Given these deficiencies amid recent disasters, the CMS concluded that it was important to create a consistent foundation among all providers and suppliers, not just hospitals, to meet best practices in terms of having an emergency plan, policies and procedures, a communication, plan, and training and testing programs. This all includes coordinating with other stakeholders such as public health officials, responders, and other area providers to better effectively respond to events.

I am still thinking about discussions regarding non-clinicians and information professionals specifically, but my hope is that if there’s interest, we can feature an emergency preparedness expert on a future SCR CONNECTion to explore these intersections. Please feel free to email me with any thoughts:

Read more about this rule here.

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Finding Evaluator Resources in Surprising Places

NEO News - Fri, 2017-04-21 18:16

The National Training Office recently posted a Free and Low Cost Tools guide to help educators create and carry out training. Many of these tools can be used by more than just trainers though — evaluators can makes use of these tools as well. Here are some of my favorite tools from NTO’s guide.

I have used Trello to make personal to-do lists and to keep track of my progress with the recent NNLM website migration. Since Trello boards have a column structure, I thought to myself- could I use Trello to make an interactive Logic Model? Yes, yes I can!

I took the logic model from our Sunnydale blog series, and converted it into a Trello board. I made lists for Inputs, Activities, Reach, Short-term Outcomes, Intermediate Outcomes, and Long-term Outcomes. Each individual activity, outcome, etc is written on a Trello card under the list item. You can comment on the cards, create checklists for each card, set due dates, and mark them complete, all on an interactive and visually pleasing logic model.

Are your cards getting cluttered with comments and checklists? Create a new board and link the board to a specific card. For example, you can create a separate Kanban board for the card “Start a 12-hour “Dusk to Dawn” health reference hotline,” and attach the link to the new board to the card in the logic model. Then, once that activity is completed, you can mark the corresponding card in the logic model as complete.

Adobe Spark

Here at NEO we are all about creating aesthetically pleasing and easy to read reports. I believe we all want to create pretty reports, but sometimes lack the time and energy to create one. It is much easier to type up a simple Word document and send it as an attachment.

With Adobe Spark, you can create slick web pages, social media posts, and even videos for free. I created the image on the left for a future slide deck about Sunnydale’s evaluation program in less than 5 minutes.

This image is proportioned for a PowerPoint presentation, but you can create custom sized images for physical fliers, Facebook, and a number of other social media platforms.

I also made this spoof report with Adobe Spark in about 10 minutes. No HTML/CSS knowledge was needed, and Adobe Spark hosts the web page for you. It was a fairly simple process.

I have not used SlideShark personally, but the idea of being able to present my PowerPoint slides from my mobile device makes my day. Instead of carrying around a bulky laptop, or forgetting a small flash drive, I can use SlideShark to broadcast my PowerPoint straight from my smartphone to a projector. In addition, I can share an online version of my presentation that is viewable at any time. That means no more uploading issues, or large email attachments.

Slack has to be my favorite tool on this list. At first, it might seem like a fancy forum, but it is so much more. Slack integrates with many other tools, such as Trello, Google Drive, and Skype, so you can keep all of your relevant work conversations, documents, and tools in one place, instead of hidden in various emails. Emojis and GIFs are encouraged, creating a fun and casual work environment.

Evaluators are always looking to increase stakeholder participation in their evaluation efforts. It could be especially hard to communicate if stakeholders do not live in the same area. Slack could be a useful way to keep stakeholders engaged in conversation no matter the distance. You could even throw a virtual data party! You can have one Slack channel for the entire party, or break up different activities into separate channels. Since Slack invites participants to use emojis and GIFs, the resulting conversation will certainly look like a party! 🎉

What are your favorite tools from NTO’s guide? Let us know in the comments!

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AIDSinfo Website Gets an Update and Redesign!

PSR News - Fri, 2017-04-21 16:03

The AIDSinfo website was updated on April 15th and includes a new design and an improved look and feel. Major enhancements include:

  •  Reorganization of patient education materials: all patient education materials are now located in a new Understanding HIV/AIDS section of the website. AIDSinfo patient education materials include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • Increased prominence of apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: AIDSinfo resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.
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2017 Health Literacy Leadership Institute – Early Registration Discount EXTENDED to 4/28/17

SEA News - Fri, 2017-04-21 14:59
 Don’t miss this year’s Health Literacy Leadership Institute (HLLI 2017) at Tufts University School of Medicine. The program is designed for both professionals and students engaged in health literacy work. This is an advanced level program that integrates peer learning to facilitate and encourage research and best practices.  Whether you work in the community or healthcare this program will help you achieve your goals and improve health literacy. Register before April 28th to receive the early registration discount.  WHAT:             Health Literacy Leadership Institute 2017 WHY:               To advance health literacy and build leadership in the field WHEN:            June 12 – 16, 2017 WHERE:           Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA) HOW:              Early registration discount ends April 28, 2017.  Register today! For more information and to register: Web:      Facebook:       @HealthLiteracyLeadership If you have any questions, please email
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News from the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative: Deadline to Participate is May 5

MAR News - Thu, 2017-04-20 09:00
From the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ): The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative (GLI) warmly invites medical librarians in the NNLM/MAR, SEA, and NER to participate in the Spring Offer! We have negotiated with 14 academic publishers Group pricing allows you to save 15-70% off regular pricing Choose, a la carte style, from […]
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Poor Sleeping Patterns Get Worse With Age

SCR News - Thu, 2017-04-20 00:01

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A new study finds that as seniors get older, it is just generally harder for them to get a good, restorative night’s sleep, which in turn could worsen health problems. Many medical conditions may make it harder for a person to sleep well, but a poor night’s sleep can also contribute to disease.

The researchers used dementia as an example–dementia patients often have a difficult time sleeping, and these poor sleeping patterns also speed up their memory decline.

Recognize that good sleep is critical to good health, right along with a good diet and regular exercise…and regular exercise can generally help get you a good night’s sleep as well.

Seniors should talk to their doctors if they notice they are consistently sleeping less than six hours per night.

To read more about the study, please visit “Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age.”

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Increasing Health Equity Webinar

MAR News - Wed, 2017-04-19 09:36
From the Office of Minority Health: Are you interested in learning more about addressing the social determinants of health? The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to inform and strengthen programs, practices, policies, and services that contribute to achieving better health for all within Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of […]
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Resources for IBS Awareness Month

MAR News - Tue, 2017-04-18 15:39
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness month. IBS is fairly common, though there are no specific tests for it, nor is there an exact cause. If you are looking to learn more about IBS, or promote information to help spread awareness, check out these resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes […]
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Online Interactive Health Literacy Training Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-04-18 14:58

Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for the general public to help everyone improve their own health literacy. Online trainings are also available for public health professionals to help them improve their ability to teach health literacy to the general public. Here’s a quick overview of a few online trainings available from government websites:

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DOCLINE Quarterly Statistical Reports Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-04-18 13:08

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for January-March 2017:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Throughput Report (Report 5-1B)

DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in NLM’s Knowledgebase website.

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NNLM PNR Rendezvous Webinar: Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere

SEA News - Tue, 2017-04-18 10:22
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM, PNR) is hosting their monthly webinar, PNR Rendezvous, this Wednesday April 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM PT, 4:00-5:00 PM ET. Nicole Vasilevsky PhD, Research Assistant Professor at Oregon Health & Science University Library will present the development of freely available, online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science by a research team at Oregon Health & Science University. The OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars. To join the free webinar: Go to current PNR Rendezvous session Enter your name and email address Enter the session password: pacific Click “Join Now” Follow the instructions that appear on your screen For more information go to The session will be recorded and is eligible for 1 MLA CE.
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SCR Regional Highlight: New YMCA and Library in San Antonio Team Up to Provide Wellness and Knowledge

SCR News - Mon, 2017-04-17 23:41

Photo provided by San Antonio Public Library


Together, the San Antonio Public Library System and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio opened a new facility in the quickly growing northwest San Antonio last November. The new facility has a shared lobby making it easy to learn how to improve your health in the Potranco Branch Library on one side of the facility, and then put that knowledge into action on the other side at the Mays Family YMCA at Potranco.

“Obviously a lot of our goals are the same,” said Cheryl Sheehan, San Antonio Public Library branch coordinator, in a Rivard Report article. “(We want) to change people’s live with health and information.”

The area where the new facility is located is a perfect spot, populated with many young professionals and families, but was underserved by these major institutions previously.

The YMCA branch will have extended hours to cater to the lives of the individuals it serves, and the library branch is considering something similar. The library has already installed after-hours hold lockers accessible in the shared lobby for YMCA patrons to pick up books they requested. And there is a Redbox-like machine where library patrons can browse books to checkout after hours, similar to how someone can rent movies through a Redbox.

The new YMCA branch also isn’t limited to just exercise equipment and summer camps–they’ve adapted to fit the needs of the community and promote overall wellness by building a test kitchen, while also hiring a registered dietician (in conjunction, the library will have healthy cookbooks), a peaceful outdoor area, a teen corner that will provide more independence, and a children’s area that will allow kids to learn through playtime.

Overall, the facility is able to combine two important components for a person’s well being and bring them together in a cohesive unit.

To read more about the new facility, please visit “YMCA and SAPL United to Bring Wellness to Northwest San Antonio.”

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MCR Newsletter Naming Contest Finals

MCR News - Mon, 2017-04-17 20:52

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas for our new newsletter name!

We received 24 entries with really great ideas. MCR staff members have selected the top three finalists.

The finalists are:

  • The MidContinental Report
  • MidContinental Message
  • Sage Words

Go to to cast your vote.

Voting Instructions:

  • Vote for your favorite newsletter name from the three finalists
  • Voting will be open April 18-24
  • Winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25th
  • Only one vote per person please
  • MCR staff members are not eligible to vote in this round
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A new tool for finding open-access articles

MCR News - Mon, 2017-04-17 13:32

Unpaywall is a Chrome browser extension that locates legal and free versions of paywalled or fee-to-view articles. It searches a variety of data sources including PubMed Central, the DOAJ, Crossref,DataCite, Google Scholar, and BASE and provides a PDF of requested articles around 65-85% of the time. This extension was developed by Impactstory and funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. If you are having a difficulty time locating open-access information, this could be a great tool for you.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a detailed overview of this extension and its potential impact. /al

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Help us think about data!

PNR News - Mon, 2017-04-17 11:00

Greetings! (with apologies to those who have already seen this information by email) Have you heard that two data coordinators have just started working at the Regional Medical Library? We are Annie Madhavan and Ann Glusker (AKA “The Anns”) and we are librarians who happen to have backgrounds in epidemiology, data indexing, public health, allied health, and public librarianship. Mostly we are passionate about data—learning about it, sharing it, teaching others to use it, gathering it, you name it!

We want to direct our programs and services to what you need and want, and so we’re writing to ask you to fill out a BRIEF (less than 10 minute) confidential survey. In it we will be asking about how you use (or don’t use, or would like to use) data in your work, and what is the most useful support and training we can offer you.

Here is the link (for those of you interested, the survey software is REDCap):

The survey deadline is April 30, but if you need more time to fill it out, let us know. We’ll be sharing the results (in aggregate form only) sometime this summer.

And, if you feel that you aren’t the best person in your organization to answer the survey, feel free to forward this information to the person who is—and/or to others who might have important input. We are hoping to limit responses to a maximum of 5 per organization, but don’t want to lose the chance for more feedback either!

Last but not least, if you fill out this survey (and list your email at the end), you will be entered to win a fabulous prize—10 lucky winners will receive an NNLM tape measure! Woo-hoo!

Let us know if you have any questions! And, seriously, thank you for your help with this important work—we couldn’t do any of it without you, and we appreciate your time and consideration.
Fabulous Prize

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NLM Webinar. Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

NTO News - Mon, 2017-04-17 10:02

Want to do more with PubMed?
Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?
Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Gummy Bears in a semicircle

Join NLM on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1pm EDT for a one-hour introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases.

Date and time: Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
To register or for more information:
Questions? Contact NLM at

This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper.

What’s an API?

This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed.

Show Me the Tools

The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes.

The Real World

We will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

Date and time: Tuesday, May 2, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
To register or for more information:
Questions? Contact NLM at

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New NNLM PSR Office Manager: Lynwood Lord

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-04-14 19:40
Lynwood (Lyn) Lord is the new Office Manager for the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region.
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Best Bargain for Evaluation Training: the AEA Summer Evaluation Institute

NEO News - Fri, 2017-04-14 17:12

Who doesn’t love a bargain?

If you love a bargain and you want to up your evaluation game, check out the American Evaluation Association’s Summer Evaluation Institute, now open for registration. This year, it will be held June 5 – 7 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel CNN Center.  For $395 (AEA members) or $480 (nonmembers), you get five 3-hour workshops.  You can choose from among 35 workshops taught by some of the most experienced evaluators in the field. The Summer Institute fee also covers lunch and snacks on most days.

The AEA Summer Institute also offers three pre-session workshops on June 4  for an additional fee. The first two on the list,  Introduction to Evaluation and A Primer to Evaluation Theories and Approaches, are ideal for those who are new to the evaluation field. The third is a special workshop offered by another renowned evaluation training organization, The Evaluators Institute. This 6-hour workshop Evaluation and Culture will teach a step-by-step approach to developing a culturally responsive evaluation.

The NEO Shop Talk bloggers attend this conference regularly. If you decide to join us, let us know on our Facebook page. Maybe we can do lunch!

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PNR Rendezvous webinar, “Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere”

PNR News - Thu, 2017-04-13 17:51

Nicole Vasilevsky, Research Assistant Professor in the Ontology Development Group in the Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon, will be presenting about the development of online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science. These OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars.

Join us for this 1 hour webinar which is also eligible for 1 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE for either attending the live session or watching the recording.

When: Wednesday April 19 at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT

How to connect:

  • Go to current PNR Rendezvous session
  • Enter your name and email address
  • Enter the session password: pacific
  • Click “Join Now”
  • Follow the instructions that appear on your screen

For more information go to

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Resources for Diverse Populations for Alcohol Awareness Month

MAR News - Thu, 2017-04-13 13:35
From the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Outreach and Special Populations branch: Many Americans drink occasionally, and moderate drinking is probably safe for many people.  However, some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people taking certain medicines, and people with certain medical conditions.  April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and health professionals can […]
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