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AHRMM Welcomes New Board Members
AHRMM is proud to welcome our new board chair, chair-elect, and recently elected affiliate and provider board members who started their term on January 1, 2017!
2017 Chair
Karen Conway, CMRP
Executive Director, Industry Relations
Louisville, CO
2017 Chair-Elect   
Teresa L. Dail, RN, BSN, CMRP
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Allen (Thomas) Archer, MBA, CMRP
Director, System - Supply Chain Management
Houston Healthcare
Warner Robins, GA
Alison Flynn Gaffney, FACHE, CMRP
Senior Vice President
GNYHA Services, Inc., Nexera, Inc.       
New York, NY
Edmond (Ed) D. Hardin, Jr. CMRP, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Beaumont Health
Warren, MI
Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
Indiana University Health
Local AHRMM Chapter News is Now Available 
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
CDC Highlights Significant Contributions in the Fight against Zika in 2016
CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to fight Zika on January 22, 2016, after a widespread Zika outbreak in the Americas was linked to a large increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly. As the emergency response approaches one year, CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlights 10 critical contributions towards the fight against Zika virus this year.
Source: HPN Daily Update – January 3, 2017
Study Finds Penalties for Hospital Readmissions Reduce Readmission Rates
Financial penalties work in reducing hospital readmission rates, according to a new study by the Yale University School of Medicine. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, or HRRP, was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in October 2012 to reduce hospital readmission rates. Since then, thousands of hospitals have been given nearly $1 billion in penalties for not reducing readmissions.
Researchers examined three target health conditions -- heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia -- to determine if the penalties worked at reducing readmissions from 2008 to 2015.
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Source: HPN Daily Update – January 2, 2017
FDA Issues Final Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
On December 27, the FDA released the final guidance document "Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices." This final guidance informs industry and the FDA staff of the Agency’s recommendations for managing postmarket cybersecurity vulnerabilities for marketed and distributed medical devices.
On Thursday, January 12, 2017, the FDA will host a webinar for industry to discuss and answer questions about this final guidance. Learn more.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), – December 27, 2016
January/February 2017 Digital Edition is Now Available
The January/February digital edition of the AHRMM member-only magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Read the latest issue which focuses on the increasing influence of retailers and consumerism in healthcare.
SCS&S Digital Edition
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