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Community News for All CMC

Beginning immediately Internet Explorer 9 is being deployed and will show up on your computer as any other Microsoft update. There is nothing special that you need to do. Internet Explorer 9 only works on Windows 7 computers, and enables the new version of Crystal Reports.

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REMINDER OF BRIEF OUTAGE: THIS WILL AFFECT ALL EMR, PRS, CMCWEB, AND REPORTS

The Office of Telecommunication Services (OTS) will need to move BGP peers from the existing core router to a new core router next Monday, 01/26 at midnight. Work for each peer move is expected to take 5-10 minutes. OTS requires about 2 hours for the actual work, however, OTS will reserve 4 hours in case of difficulty.
The following units will be affected by this change:
  • Dallas County Jails
  • V.O. Stemmons
  • Beto
  • Bridgeport
  • C Moore
  • Coffield
  • Cole
  • Crain
  • Crain Mammogram
  • Estes
  • Hilltop
  • Hughes
  • Hutchins
  • Lindsey
  • Michael
  • Mt. View
  • Murray
  • N. Division Office
  • Powledge
  • Woodman

Each year the IRS determines the reimbursement rate that is appropriate for mileage driven by personal automobiles on company business using the most cost-effective/reasonably safe route between origin and destination. The current rate of $0.56 per mile has been in effect since January of 2014. The IRS has revised the maximum reimbursement rate allowable up to $0.575 per mile, and the State of Texas Comptroller's office has officially adopted the new IRS rate. The State Comptroller allows state agencies to determine whether to maintain their current reimbursement rate or increase to the IRS's maximum allowable rate.

UTMB executive leadership has chosen to adopt the new rate of $0.575 per mile effective for mileage driven on UTMB business beginning 1/26/15.

No action is needed on your part. PeopleSoft will automatically calculate the correct rate. Mileage driven and submitted for reimbursement prior to 1/26/15 will be calculated and reimbursed at the previous ($0.56) rate.

Important Drug Recall: Sertraline 50 mg Tablet Recall

The Pharmacy is recalling the following sequence number of Sertraline 50 mg tablets packaged in cards of 30 because the blister cards may have been packaged incorrectly with Risperidone 1 mg tablets. Sertraline 50 mg tablets can be described as a blue oblong tablet with the imprint G 4900 on one side and 50 mg on the other side. Risperidone 1 mg tablets can be described as a white oblong tablet with the imprint R1 on one side and 1037 on the other side.

Please return any cards with the following sequence number. The sequence number is located on the top right of the pre-pack label or behind the designation SEQ. The pre-pack label is the label on the left top corner of our blister cards.

SEQ Number: 030087

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications. Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs. The unit name, contact person, and contact's telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan.

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter.

Please take a few minutes to explore the new layout. All links and information you are currently familiar with are still available, but have been placed in the new format. Quick walk through below:
  • The homepage is for ALL CMC and has announcements pertaining to employees working at TDCJ and TJJD facilities. The colorful buttons on the upper right side of the page will direct you to the other main homepages.
  • The red TDCJ tab will take you to the TDCJ homepage containing announcements and links specific ONLY to CMC staff working on TDCJ units. You will see the left navigation menus specific to TDCJ.
  • The purple TJJD button takes you to the TJJD homepage containing announcements and links specific ONLY to TJJD. You will see the left navigation menus specific to TJJD.
  • The new Reports page is soon to come.
  • The green "Quick Links" button links to a page of links essential for everyone. You will find links such as Kronos, iUTMB, Webmail, Paycheck and Self Service and much, much more. Many of these links were on several pages and have now been organized in one location.
We understand that change can be difficult, however, we hope you find the New CMCWEB a step ahead. If you experience any problems, please contact the HelpDesk at cmc.helpdesk@utmb.edu or 409-772-5200, 888-898-2401.

Employee 2014 W-2 information is now available to view and print in UTMB's ESS module. If you are on campus or directly connected to the UTMB network, please click link for Employee Self Service.

W-2 information is located under the Payroll and Compensation menu.

Employee access from offsite or home location is available via VPN and My Citrix.

Pharmacy Recall of Penicillin VK 500 mg Tablets

The Pharmacy is recalling the following batch of Penicillin VK 500 mg tablets packaged in cards of 30 because the labeled expiration date is incorrect. The expiration date is listed as August 28, 2017. The correct expiration date is August 28, 2015. Please return the following cards with the listed sequence number.

The sequence number is located on the top right of the pre-pack label or behind the designation SEQ. The pre-pack label is the label on the left top corner of the blister cards.

SEQ Number: D29738

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications. Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs. The unit name, contact person, and contact's telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan.

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter.

Subject: Pharmacy Operating Hours

Please note that the Pharmacy will be closed on January 19th, 2015 in observance of the Martin Luther King Day Holiday. Facility staff should review floor stock supplies in advance of the holiday and order accordingly. If urgent assistance is needed, the on-call pharmacist may be reached for recommendations at 936-436-2093.

Please join the CMC Finance Team in welcoming Joann Murphy, Finance Specialist 1. She will be responsible for processing Travel Reimbursements, Advances, Authorizations and Non-PO's. Joann has been with CMC Finance since 11/26/14. She came to us from the UTMB Accounting department and has much experience working with PeopleSoft. We are excited to have Joann on our team! Please send your Travel Reimbursements/Pre-Travels to David Golden (djgolden@utmb.edu), Judy Sanders (jgsander@utmb.edu ) and Joann Murphy (majmurph@utmb.edu).

Main campus is doing some work on routers this weekend. There will be an outage during the maintenance window of 1/17/2015 from 1am-4am. This will affect ALL connections to PRS and EMR during this timeframe.

This information will need to be disseminated to everyone for downtime preparations.

There is a current manufacturer back order of dexamethasone 4 mg/ml, 1ml injection. The estimated availability is in mid-January 2015. The Pharmacy has a limited supply available; however, the injection will remain active in the EMR to allow for administration if stock is available at the facility. Methylprednisolone may be an acceptable alternative in many situations. Methylprednisolone is an intermediate-acting steroid available on the Formulary as a 125 mg/2ml injection. Dosing varies based on indication. Table 1 below is from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website (click here to view) and provides dosing for select situations when dexamethasone is not available.
Situation Alternative Dose Comments
Prevention of acute chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in combination with other agents. Methylprednisolone* Adults: 40-125 mg IV prior to chemotherapy followed by additional IV doses once daily for 2 to 4 days following chemotherapy. Reserve for patients who cannot tolerate oral dexamethasone. The American Society of Clinical Oncology states corticosteroids may be used interchangeably at equivalent doses for prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Single daily doses are preferred.
Prevention of delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in combination with other agents

Methylprednisolone* 125 mg IM once daily x 2-5 days, starting 24 hours after chemotherapy is given. Reserve for patients who cannot tolerate oral dexamethasone. The American Society of Clinical Oncology states corticosteroids may be used interchangeably at equivalent doses for prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Single daily doses are preferred.
Intracranial tumors Methylprednisolone* Methylprednisolone in doses equivalent to dexamethasone. Dosage varies and is patient specific. Clinical improvement in patients with malignancy may be achieved with methylprednisolone or dexamethasone.
*Consider reducing the dose of IV methylprednisolone by 25% when administered in combination with aprepitant due to moderate inhibition of CYP3A4.

During the annual maintenance, the 2014 CE records were extracted from the Computer Learning Portal.  The CE records will be compiled into Facility Reports and posted to the CE Reports webpage (CE Reports). The Facility Reports will be available by January 26, 2015.

Practice Managers: If these reports are needed prior to January 26th due to an audit being conducted, please contact Sherry Williford or Paula Mason for assistance.

A FAST, EASY AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO ACCESS YOUR W-2!

Sign up for today! You may access your eW-2 by signing in directly to Employee Self Service.

Employee Self-Service Path: Self-Service>Payroll and Compensation>W-2/W-2 Consent

Are you a returning employee? You will need to sign up for eW-2 again.

If you do not wish to sign up for eW-2, please verify that your current home address is correct.

Corrections can be made via Employee Self Service.