February 12, 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
GHX Global Data Standards Users Group Meeting -  February 19
Mark your calendars for the first GHX Global Data Standards Users Group meeting for 2015. The meeting will be held Thursday, February 19, from 10:00-11:00 AM ET.
The topic will be the state of standards adoption, featuring Siobhan O’Bara, Senior Vice President, GS1 US, and Josh Skiba, GHX Business Intelligence Product Manager and a member of the GS1 US Executive Leadership Committee. Josh and Siobhan will provide the latest data on standards adoption in the healthcare supply chain and insights into efforts and resources to expand use and value.
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.
Leading Practices
Call for CQO Leading Practices: Reducing HACs - April 30
Support and guide supply chain professionals by sharing your knowledge and success in fighting hospital-acquired conditions (HACs)!
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.
  • Direct initiatives – specifically focused on a hospital-acquired condition
  • Indirect initiative – example: increasing hand hygiene compliance leading to a reduction in HACs.
Submission deadline is April 30, 2015
Benefits of Sharing Your Knowledge
  • Materials may reflect the branding (logo and identifying information) of the originator.
  • Selected materials will be shared with the public via AHRMM's website in the Leading Practices Repository.
  • Two selections will be offered the opportunity to present their leading practice as a Learning Lab presentation at AHRMM15.
  • Selections chosen for Learning Lab presentations will be highlighted in Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine and referenced in all relevant press (press releases, AHRMM communications, etc.).
Featured Resource
January/February Digital Editions - Featured Member Benefit
Have you read the current issue of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions? Check out the some of the featured articles including the newest CQO Movement Case Study. 

CQO Takes the Stage at the UDI Conference
The AHRMM Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement added an entirely new dimension to the UDI Conference hosted by the U.S. FDA in Baltimore in October. For the first time since the conference began five years ago, there was a track focused primarily on hospitals and healthcare systems.
By Karen Conway

Why are we talking about pharmacy standards adoption? Pharmacy has long benefited from a NDC, categorization schema, and barcodes down to unit of use packaging. The pharmacy industry does enjoy these aspects of product identification and control, but will still need to adopt GS1 standards to support compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act.
By Mary Beth Lang

ROi (Resource Optimization & Innovation)
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