Flash News: Fall 2014

Update:  Prescription Review, the Prescription Monitoring Program for Washington State, regarding the prescription drug query system that health care providers use.

Redesign of the System’s Practitioner User Interface:

The practitioner user interface for Prescription Review is changing. Prescription Review is the online system you access to query patient histories for controlled substances in Washington. The changes to the system are designed to make it more intuitive to use and navigate, to provide for a more enjoyable user experience, and to give the system an overall updated and contemporary look and feel.

Before the new user interface is released we are giving you the opportunity to review the changes through online tutorial videos that are posted online at www.doh.wa.gov/pmp under the Education Videos page. This will allow you to become familiar with the interface first. Before the interface release we’ll provide an additional email reminder before the release date which is August 25, 2014.

If you have any questions please contact:   DOH Prescription Review Team at 360.236.4806 or prescriptionmonitoring@doh.wa.gov.

 

Preparing your healthcare system for Ebola

Ambulatory health providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, behavioral health professionals and other outpatient clinicians, are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your clinic or facility.

When: Monday, November 10; 2:30 – 3:30 pm EST

Leaders from: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Intergovernmental and External Affairs

How: Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Audio streaming for this call is also available at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=888319&s=1&k=77B193DE0689364A4F0B03F7CF1B5671

Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage and CDC Ebola Webpage regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (by phone 770-488-7100 or email, eocreport@cdc.gov).

 

The Washington State Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group needs your help!
Request for Input on State Alzheimer’s Plan
Do you have thoughts on how to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias and of their caregivers?
Washington state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group (ADWG) is in the process of developing a state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias – and we want ideas and feedback on how public and private partners can respond to meet growing needs.
You can help by completing a brief online survey to share what you think is needed in Washington state to help people living with dementia, and/or their family caregivers.

BACKGROUND
The Washington State Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group (ADWG) is working to develop our first state plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease. The ADWG is currently hosting a survey to gather input on how the State of Washington, along with public-private partners, can address the growing impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias here in Washington.

Please help by spreading the news of this survey opportunity intended to gather information about what’s most needed in terms of resources, services and supports to care for individuals with dementia in Washington State.

Our target audience for the PRIMARY CARE SURVEY are those below who work in PRIMARY CARE settings:

· Physicians
· Naturopaths
· Osteopaths
· ARNP/Nurse Practitioners
· Physician assistants
· Psychologists

All responses are anonymous and will provide the ADWG with key information to shape strategic plans and policies to address the impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
The enclosed flyer provides information about the survey. Responses to the survey are requested by the end of December 2014. Please share the survey link in your networks and systems to help us reach out to the target audience.

For direct link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PriCareALZHEIMER

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group, go to: http://www.altsa.dshs.wa.gov/stakeholders/ad/
Or contact Lynne.Korte@dshs.wa.gov

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