January 29, 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!
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!
Planning Ahead
Mark your calendars now for
these upcoming webinars in March!
Changing the Game – March 18
A New Model that Transforms the Way Implants are Marketed, Distributed and Serviced in Healthcare
Health systems are continually challenged to drastically reduce Physician Preference Item (PPI) supply expenses, and the traditional methods to achieve this are no longer sustainable. This presentation provides an overview of an implemented approach to PPI, and the results achieved.
Learn more about this upcoming webinar and register today!

Pre-Eligibility Screening of Your Supply Chain Data – March 19
Presented by HFMA 
Co-sponsored by AHRMM and

This webinar reviews the industry data challenges healthcare organizations must overcome and methods to bring control to the front-end of your procurement process.
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm CST (3:00 pm ET, 1:00 pm MT, 12:00 pm PT)
Cost: FREE for AHRMM Members, $99 Non Members
CPE: 1.5
Directions on how to register on the HFMA webpage:  Scroll almost to the bottom to the “Pricing” section.  Click “Register” next to AHRMM members: Free. If you do not have a HFMA login or e-mail on file, click here to continue. If you are experiencing issues, contact HFMA’s Member Service Center at (800) 252-4362 Ext. 2.
Featured Resource
Quality Advisory: New Guidance on Humidity Levels in the Operating Room
A change in the standards regulating a hospital’s physical environment in the operating room (OR) may conflict with the instructions for use on some equipment and supplies routinely used in surgery. To ensure patient safety during surgery, the AHA in collaboration with its personal membership groups, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and AHRMM, urge hospitals to examine their humidity levels in the OR and consider the effects on equipment and products used during surgery.
Read the full advisory and associated attachments.

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

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