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March 26, 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!
   • EDUCATION   • UPCOMING EVENTS   • FEATURED RESOURCE    CHAPTER EVENTS
New Education at AHRMM15
AHRMM15
AHRMM15 is heading to Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9-12, for four days of conference sessions full of practical and innovative ideas and abundant networking opportunities. This year's conference will feature four new tracks covering key healthcare supply chain topics:
  • Clinical Resource Management/Value Analysis
  • Procure to Pay
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Technology, Informatics
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Register by May 15 and save up to $200
with the Early Bird rates
 
All Conference Tracks General Sessions
AHRMM15 educational tracks are developed to deliver content that is of most interest to the attendees. Learning Lab sessions will be presented at Executive, Director, Manager level. Hear from industry leaders and visionaries as they share experiences and strategies on how to succeed in the new healthcare delivery system and improve your professional performance through new connections and humor.
Pre-Conference Workshops Exhibition
Half-day workshops give a nuts and bolts view into key healthcare supply chain topics — clinical value analysis, purchasing, distribution, technology solutions, finance, strategic planning, and more. Plan now to meet with representatives from the exhibiting companies to find out about the latest products and services and how they can help you and your healthcare organization.
Justification Toolkit Scholarships
If you would like to attend AHRMM15 and need a manager’s approval, here are some helpful tools. Qualifying AHRMM members can apply for Full-Ride or Full-Conference Scholarship. Applications must be received by AHRMM no later than April 3, 2015.
 
 
Interested in listening to a previous AHRMM Annual Conference Session?  Gain immediate access to recordings, exams, surveys, and certificates all in one place/stop with AHRMM's on-demand recordings.
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Check out the three of the newest on-demand conference recordings from AHRMM14: 
Upcoming Events
HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition - April 12-16
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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 an Endorser and an expert resource at this event, HIMSS will be offering AHRMM members the member discount to attend the conference.
 
To receive the discount, go to the online registration.  Then, select AHRMM from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process. Enter the Endorser Number: 2015.
 
Join AHRMM at HIMSS15!  The HIMSS15 Supply Chain Management SIG Meeting, will have their annual special interest group (SIG) meeting, April 14, 2015, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Room CC21 B. This year's focus of discussion will be: UDIs and Health IT- At the Intersection of Costs, Quality & Outcomes.  The Supply Chain Management SIG meeting will focus on the linkages between the U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification Rule and Meaningful Use proposals to capture UDIs in EHRs. AHRMM’s director of supply chain, Mike Schiller, will lead a discussion on the role UDI, supply chain and Information Management System professionals can play in supporting better data quality and capture for improved efficiencies, quality and reimbursement. Visit HIMSS to learn more

Healthcare Supply Chain Strategies Meeting - April 19-22
You are invited to the Healthcare Supply Chain Strategies meeting, hosted by Informa, in Dubai April 19-22. 
 
Healthcare Supply Chain Strategies 2015 in Dubai is the ultimate gathering of the leading healthcare regulators, providers, operators, distributors and manufacturers in the Middle East to network, collaborate and develop their supply chain capabilities to improve patient outcomes.
 
AHRMM members receive a special discount on registration.  To receive discount, email Ken Mukasa at Kenneth.mukasa@informa.com.
 
Featured Resource
Tap Into the CQO Leading Practices Repository & Submit Your Own Leading Practice
AHRMM has developed a repository for leading and proven supply chain practices, case studies, and toolkits that are developed from a Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) perspective.  Leading Practices areas are based on the quality measures outlined in CMS’ final rule to improve quality of care during hospital inpatient stays. 
 
To date, AHRMM has collected submissions for two leading practice areas:
  • Reduction or Elimination of Catheter Acquired Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Reduction or Elimination in Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU)
 
Opportunity to Share Your Knowledge to Guide other Supply Chain Professionals!  
AHRMM is continuing to build the CQO Leading Practice Repository with the newest call for submissions.  This latest call for leading practices will be for initiatives that directly or indirectly reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) across any category.   Submissions are due April 30, 2015.  
Click here for more information including minimal requirements and rewards for sharing your knowledge. 
 
Looking for guidance on what constitutes a Leading Practice or how to submit?  Contact AHRMM and we’ll help you through the process!  Email ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840 for assistance. 
 
Affiliated Chapter Events
AHRMM has 31 affiliated chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.  Affiliated Chapters host professional programs and events  for their members and the industry at large on a state or regional basis. Below are the chapter events coming up next month.
 
April Chapter Events:
Chicago Metro Chapter of AHRMM
Education Event and Vendor Fair
April 2 - Itasca, IL
 
CMRP Prep Workshop
April 11 - San Antonio, TX
 
Western States Healthcare Material Management Association (WSHMMA)
Annual Conference
April 15-17 - Bellevue, WA 

 
Minnesota Chapter of AHRMM (MCAHRMM)
Spring Conference
April 23-24 - Hinkley, MN
 
Spring Conference
April 23-24 - Chamberlain, SD
 
 
 
View all Chapter events happening in 2015.
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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