January 5, 2016
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1. AHRMM Welcomes New Board Members
AHRMM is proud to welcome its new board chair, chair-elect, and recently elected provider board members starting their term in 2016!
2016 Chair
Mary Beth Lang, RPh, MPM, DSc 
Vice President, HC Pharmacy and SCM Commercial Services 
Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Chair-Elect
Karen Conway, CMRP 
Executive Director, Industry Relations 
Louisville, CO
Provider Board Members
Darcy Aafedt, CMRP, FAHRMM 
Supply Chain Decision Support Sr. Manager 
Banner Health 
Chandler, AZ
Jimmy Chung, M.D. 
Director, Medical Products Analysis 
Providence Health & Services 
Seattle, WA
Teresa L. Dail, R.N., B.S.N. 
Chief Supply Chain Officer 
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 
Nashville, TN
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2. CQO & The Triple Aim: Supply Chain’s Strategic Connection
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim is a framework developed to describe an approach to optimizing health system performance.
The Triple Aim calls for:
1. Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction)
2. Improving the health of populations; and
3. Reducing the per capita cost of healthcare.
Clear and important connections can, and should, be made between the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement and the goals of the Triple Aim. The AHRMM Board of Directors has crafted a concise, informative graphic to demonstrate where and how the healthcare supply chain positively impacts the goals of the Triple Aim. 
View the infographic demonstrating supply chain’s essential role in pursuing the Triple Aim.
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3. 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.
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4. Term of the Week
A basic metabolic panel Also known as: BMP; Chemistry Panel; Chemistry Screen; Chem 7; SMA 7; SMAC7 is a blood test that measures your sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, and kidney function. This panel measures the blood levels of blood urea nitrogen (BUN), calcium, carbon dioxide, chloride, creatinine, glucose, potassium, and sodium.
Take a moment to peruse AHRMM’s Healthcare Supply Chain Lexicon. Do you have a term to suggest to make this a more robust and valuable resource? If so, click here. We’ll provide the definition if you provide the term!
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5. CMS Seeks Feedback on Certification of EHRs Used for Quality Reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week published a Request for Information related to certification of health information technology, including electronic health record products used for reporting to CMS quality programs such as the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program and Physician Quality Reporting System. Areas of interest include how often to require recertification, the number of clinical quality measures to which a certified health IT module should be certified, and ways to improve testing of certified health IT modules. Kate Goodrich, M.D., director of CMS’s Center for Clinical Standards & Quality, said the RFI will provide CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT “with an opportunity to assess policy options that could improve the effectiveness of the certification of health IT and specifically the certification and testing of EHR products used for the reporting of quality measures.” The deadline for submitting comments to CMS is Feb. 1.
Source: AHA News Now – January 4, 2016
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6. FDA Draft Guidance on Unique Device Identification: Convenience Kits
On December 31, the FDA released a draft guidance document, “ Unique Device Identification: Convenience Kits - Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff ”. This document is intended to outline the agency’s proposed interpretation that the term “convenience kit”, as defined by 21 CFR 801.3, applies solely to two or more different medical devices packaged together for the convenience of the user where they are intended to remain packaged together and not replaced, substituted, repackaged, sterilized, or otherwise processed or modified before the devices are used by an end user.
The FDA welcomes your comments and suggestions regarding this draft guidance. The comment period will be open for 90 days.
For more information about the Unique Device Identification (UDI) System, please visit the FDA’s UDI webpage.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), December 31, 2015
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7. CMS Finalizes Rule Creating Prior Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies Items
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that would establish a prior authorization process for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) items that are frequently subject to unnecessary utilization. This prior authorization process will help ensure that certain DMEPOS items are provided consistent with Medicare coverage, coding, and payment rules. CMS believes the final rule will prevent unnecessary utilization while safeguarding beneficiaries' access to medically necessary care.  
Source: HPN Daily Update – December 30, 2015
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8. January/February Digital Edition is Now Available
The January/February digital edition of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions is now available! Read the latest issue focusing on professional development and find new ways to build your career in 2016.
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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 1962, AHRMM prepares its more than 4,200 members to contribute to the field and advance in the profession through 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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