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Archive for February, 2013

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ The Medicare Learning Network (MLN)

Friday, February 8th, 2013

As part of CMS’ ongoing efforts to keep health care professionals informed about the Medicare Program, the Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) – the official source of CMS Medicare information for health care professionals – provides timely and accurate education, information, and resources to our audiences. The MLN serves as the umbrella for:

  • Educational products such as MLN Matters® Articles
  • A national Medicare Provider Call program
  • A FFS Provider Partnership program
  • A weekly CMS / MLN e-Newsletter
  • FFS Provider electronic mailing lists


The MLN Button

Here is a free MLN button you can download to your medical e-library website. This MLN button is a direct link to the MLN General Information page. It enables library users to instantly access and download products and materials about Medicare Program policies, procedures, and regulations covering topics such as coverage, billing, coding, and reimbursement issues.

MLN Education Products electronic mailing list sign-up
Users can receive the latest news and updates about  Medicare educational materials by joining the MLN Education Products electronic mailing list:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter ‘MLN’
  3. Click ‘search’


MLN Catalog of Products
This free, interactive, downloadable document lists all MLN products by media format. Here is a direct link to the MLN Catalog of Products.                                                                    

If you have any questions about adding the above items to your website, please contact Mary Loane at

For more information about how you can work with us to keep health care professionals informed about the MLN Program, please contact me via e-mail at

Supporting Systematic Reviews: A Two-Day Workshop

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The D. Samuel Gottesman Library of Albert Einstein College of Medicine is hosting “Systematic Reviews: A Two-Day Workshop.” This course is an introduction to the systematic review process in general and an in-depth, hands-on simulation of the librarian’s role in that process in particular.

Day 1: The Basics
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Day 2: Beyond the Basics
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


D. Samuel Gottesman Library
Forchheimer Bldg., First Fl., Library Training Rm. 119N

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Ave.
Bronx, New York 10461

Instructors: Jan Glover (Education Services Librarian, Yale University) and Karen Odato (Research and Education Librarian, Dartmouth College)

This free workshop is certified for 10 MLA CE credits.

Space is limited to 10 attendees.

This is a two-day workshop. You must be able to attend both sessions.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the steps in the systematic review process
  • identify standards for systematic review development
  • identify databases/grey literature sources
  • formulate search strategies for multiple databases using both controlled vocabularies and text words
  • utilize project management tools to keep track of search strategies and citations
  • evaluate and select study design hedges
  • execute a search in PubMed
  • track and organize results
  • draft the search methodology for publication

Details, course agenda and registration are available here:
For more information contact the D. Samuel Gottesman Library at 718.430.4104 or

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

February NIH News in Health

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Check out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

Shape Your Family’s Habits
Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices
With your help, kids can learn to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that last throughout their lives.

Chew on This
Healthy Teeth for Baby and Beyond
Teeth need proper care to stay healthy and strong. It’s never too early to start kids on the path to good dental health.

Health Capsules:

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. We want to hear what you think!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

If you’re an editor who wishes to reprint our stories, please see for information.

Optimized Website of Disaster Apps and Mobile Websites

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.

DIMRC web page:

NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:

The 113th Congress and the Library Community

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The ALA Washington Office webinar on the new Congress and library issues, the recording is now available at

University of Buffalo Seeking Advisory Board Candidates

Friday, February 8th, 2013
To: Distinguished library and information science professionals of varied experiences and backgrounds
From: University at Buffalo, Department of Library and Information Studies Advisory Board
Date: January 31, 2013
RE: Recruitment/nominations for new members

The University at Buffalo’s Department of Library and Information Studies Advisory Board is seeking nominations and applications from library and information science professionals who are interested in serving a three-year term.  The ideal candidates will have demonstrated success within their field, be currently active in their profession or sector, and have distinguished themselves as professionals with vision.

The Advisory Board is seeking national and international applicants, as well as those from the Western New York community.  Applicants do not need to have graduated from the University at Buffalo to be considered for membership.  The Board is seeking members who represent varied experiences and backgrounds, including school, public, and academic librarians, special librarians, information systems scientists and managers, database administrators, network architects, archivists, curators, conservators, and market research analysts and specialists.

Interested parties should email their curriculum vitae or resume to Christopher Hollister <> no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 25, 2013.  Please label the subject line of your email message “Advisory Board Applicant.”

Letters of invitation will be sent by March 15, 2013.

Join the Resource Persons Network

Friday, February 8th, 2013

We are currently recruiting professional volunteers to provide capacity building and technical assistance to community-based organizations serving minority populations. Areas of expertise include:

  • Program and organizational development
  • Conference and workshop presentations
  • Guidance on report preparations
  • Grant proposal review
  • Advice to committees and workgroups

Contact the Office of Minority Health Resource Center at for more information or go online to apply at

Announcing the New Media Consortium Horizon Report

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A fascinating report, even if you are not involved with higher education:

National Health Service Corps Expands the Primary Care Workforce (DHHS)

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The National Health Service Corps awarded more than $10 million in funding for loan repayment to 87 medical students in 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, who will serve as primary care doctors and help strengthen the health care workforce, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.

Full announcement:

Ask a Librarian (February 2013)

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) is undergoing a transition to a new publisher. Meanwhile, some of the online content is being featured on a new website,

See the recent “Ask a Librarian” column at: to learn more about point of care tools and web resources for chronic pain management.