PBS LearningMedia


Strong Points: Great activities, wide range of grade levels, focuses on teaching within national standards
Weak Points: None


PBS LearningMedia is an excellent resource for elementary and high school science teachers looking to add to their curriculum. The website allows teachers to search based on subject and grade level and returns a variety of resources that can be used with students. These resources include videos, interactive lessons, and activities that can be used to supplement what is being taught in the classroom. Additionally, the website provides full lesson plans for teachers on a variety of topics. The lesson plans include information about learning objectives, preparations that the teacher needs to do before the lesson, additional resources, and a general outline of how the lesson should be implemented. Importantly, the website also provides extensive information about regional and national education standards, so that teachers can plan their lessons accordingly. PBS LearningMedia provides excellent resources for teachers who find themselves in a pinch for a lesson plan, or who are looking to add to their typical classroom activities.

Combating Loneliness

Combating Loneliness

Harvard-incubated organization, leveraging video conferencing and intergenerational relationships to eradicate the loneliness epidemic. Their website and information from their landing page:

Our world leaves people feeling isolated and lonely.

More people are reporting feeling alone than ever before, often leading to serious health problems. We need a way to deal with our feelings of isolation, disconnection and dissatisfaction with life.

Conversation is therapeutic beyond measure.

Together, we have the tools to combat social isolation. Conversation and video conferencing have been shown to be the most powerful tool to combat social isolation. The Concordium translates this modern approach from journals to practice, while harnessing an intergenerational approach.

Let’s combat loneliness together.

Our tool collects basic information about a user’s experiences and interests, matching individuals among different generations to have regular, 30-minute to one-hour long conversations.

NCPDP Experienced a Ransomware Attack on Sunday, September 27, 2020

NCPDP Experienced a Ransomware Attack on Sunday Sept 27, 2020
Notice from NCPDP

“NCPDP experienced a ransomware attack over the weekend on Sunday, September 27, 2020; similar to other attacks that happened to healthcare systems over the weekend of September 26-27, 2020.  We are in the process of assessing the extent of the breach but have confirmed it has impacted our servers, internal workstations, laptops, print services, active directory accounts, and applications. 

The good news is the attack did not impact Office 365 emails, NCPDP Website, MyNCPDP Member Portal, NCPDP Collaborative Workspace or Data Products (i.e. dataQ, HCIdea, resQ, Table Data or RxReconn).”

ADL Data Systems did not experience a ransomware attack.

ADL Receives Omnicare Certification for New NCPDP Rx Scripts Format

ADL Receives Omnicare Certification for New NCPDP Rx Scripts Format

ADL passed Omnicare certification test for the latest release of Scripts NCPDP Electronic Prescribing Standards format. Omnicare Clients will be transitioned to the new format beginning next week.

NCPDP SCRIPT Standard: The NCPDP SCRIPT Standard was first published in 1997 and has been updated at least annually based on the business needs identified by the industry. SCRIPT is a standard created to facilitate the transfer of prescription data between pharmacies, prescribers, intermediaries, facilities, and payers. Detailed description at:


CMS Releases a New PDPM Grouper

CMS Releases a New PDPM Grouper
CMS has posted an updated PDPM Grouper DLL v1.0007 zip file to the Downloads part of their MDS 3.0 Technical Information website.
Per the notice:
“An update to the PDPM Grouper DLL has been posted, along with its source code and test cases.  This version, V1.0007, adds six ICD-10 codes that were inadvertently excluded from the NTA calculation: T8484XA, T8389XA, T8321XA, T82399A, T82392A, and T83021A.”
ADL has taken care of this change.