January 15, 2015
AHRMM Now highlights the AHRMM education and important dates you need to know about. This bi-weekly newsletter now has a new layout to enable easier access and navigation.  Never miss an important AHRMM event or deadline again!
New eLearning Opportunities
eLearning Course - Value Analysis 101: An Introduction to Value Analysis

This course takes you from the history of value analysis to implementing a value analysis program in your organization.  Join AHRMM for this new eLearning course and identify the nine elements of value analysis that are necessary for successfully implementing a value analysis program.

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AHRMM Member: $79.00        
Non Member: $129.00         
CPE: 1


On-Demand Recording -  CMRP - Prepare, Plan, Practice
Two-Part CMRP Examination Overview
Missed the live webinar in December?  The two-part CMRP Examination Overview session is now available as an on-demand recording.  During the two 90-minute on-demand recordings, participants will acquire information, experience, and resources to help PREPARE, PLAN, PRACTICE for the CMRP certification exam.  
This new and improved CMRP series also offers valuable tools, such as two Quick Reference Guides, a CMRP Study Plan Calendar, downloadable copies of the presentation, and FAQs.  
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AHRMM Member: $149
Non Member: $199
CPEs: 3
For more resources related to the CMRP, please visit CMRP Certification page.
Upcoming Events
Building Quality Into the Medical Device Ecosystem: Opportunities and Insights - February 4
CQO Movement Webinar: Part 2
Presented by AHRMM and HIMSS
Discover how UDI can help leverage and better inform the design of medical technology devices, resulting in improved procurement decisions.
Learn more about this upcoming webinar and register today!  
Date: February 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (12:00 pm EST, 9:00 am PST)
Cost: FREE for AHRMM Members
A complimentary on-demand recording of Part 1, UDI at the Heart of the Triple Aim, is now available for members only.

Now's the Time! We Must Engage Physicians to Reduce Costs and Improve Outcomes - February 11
Learn the skills to effectively plan and lead a successful physician meeting, including identifying physicians, preparation, identifying relevant data and potential objections, and communication tactics.
Learn more about this upcoming webinar and register today!
Upcoming Deadlines
AHRMM Members Receive Discount to Attend HIMSS15 – Early Bird Ends January 26
Information is essential to health transformation. At HIMSS15, you'll find the resources, people and ideas that enable you to transform health through the power of information; through innovation, engagement, leadership, connectivity and more.
As AHRMM is an Endorser and one of the expert resources at HIMSS15, members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend the conference.
To receive the discount, go to the online registration.  Then, select our organization from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process. Enter the Endorser Number: 2015.
The early bird registration deadline is January 26th at 11:59 pm CST. 

Share Your Leading Practices and Solutions to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Conditions - April 30
Healthcare organizations are faced with many hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) high-priority areas that may incur penalties and reduce Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to healthcare organizations.
Help improve patient safety by submitting a leading and proven supply chain practice, case study, or tool kit that describes direct or indirect reduction of HAC across any HAC category and has been developed from a Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) perspective.
Submission deadline is April 30, 2015.
Click here for guidelines on how to submit your ideas, what format to use, and more information.
Featured Resource
Results from Recent University of Houston Hospital Supply Chain Study Are Now Available

In the fall of 2014, the University of Houston conducted a national study on hospital supply chain. With the support and participation from the AHRMM community, the University of Houston collected data from 266 hospitals and at least 60 percent of the respondents have an official designation of supply chain director or higher. 
Supply expenses represent the second largest expense for hospitals after labor costs. Thus, effective supply chain (SC) management will greatly improve the bottom line of hospitals. This study aims to understand the supply chain practices of the hospitals in the U.S. and identify factors that are associated with hospital supply chain excellence.
Thank you to those who participated in the study. Your contribution is invaluable in helping academic institutions, AHRMM, and collaborating organizations better understand supply chain perspectives and best practices. 

Check out the January/February digital edition of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions today!

The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) of the American Hospital Association is the leading national association for executives in the healthcare materials management profession. Founded in 1951, AHRMM prepares its more than 4,300 members to contribute to the field and advance the profession through the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes via networking, education, recognition, and advocacy. AHRMM continues its commitment to keep members ahead of the learning curve by providing information and resources to not only assist them in their current positions, but also to prepare them for upcoming challenges and opportunities. Please email us at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840 if you need additional information on these stories or any of AHRMM's products and services.
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