January 6, 2015
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1. AHRMM Welcomes New Board Members and 2015 Board Chair and Chair-Elect
AHRMM is proud to welcome its new Board Chair and new Board members who were elected by the AHRMM membership in 2014:
2015 Board Chair
Brent Petty, CMRP
System Vice President, Supply Chain
Wellmont Health System
Bristol, VA
2015 Board Chair-Elect 
Mary Beth Lang, RPh, MPM, DSc 
Vice President, HC Pharmacy and SCM Commercial Services 
Pittsburgh, PA 
New Provider Board Members 
Deborah A. Rey, CMRP 
Sr. Contract Manager 
Christiana Care Health System 
Wilmington, DE 
Robert A. Taylor, CMRP, MBA 
AVP Supply Chain 
UAB Health System 
Birmingham, AL 
New Non-Provider Board Members 
Teresa L. Dail, RN, BSN*
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
Mike Duke 
Senior Director, National Supply Chain Management Networks 
Irving, TX 
New Military Board Member 
LTC, US Army, Paul J. Davis, CMRP 
Director, Strategic Transformation 
U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command 
Frederick, MD 
All Provider, Non-Provider and Military board members serve three-year terms, which start on January 1 and end on December 31. For a full list of the AHRMM Board of Directors, please visit AHRMM’s website.
*One year interim board member
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2. AHRMM Issues & Legislative Committee Advisory: UDI and Adverse Event Reporting
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) UDI system is being phased in over several years.  The first sunrise date (certain Class III devices) occurred 09/24/14.  Recognizing UDI implementation will take time, healthcare supply chain and risk management professionals should be aware of already-implemented changes in the FDA’s adverse event reporting methodology. One of the changes required immediately is the use of the UDI in adverse event reporting.
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3. 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.
Click here for more information on this upcoming webinar.
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4. New eLearning Course on Value Analysis
This course takes you from the history of value analysis to implementing a value analysis program in your organization.  Join AHRMM for this new eLearning course and identify the nine elements of value analysis that are necessary for successfully implementing a value analysis program.
Click here to learn more about this new eLearning course.
AHRMM Member: $79.00        
Non Member: $129.00         
CPE: 1
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5. Share Your Leading Practices and Solutions to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Condition
Healthcare organizations are faced with many hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) high-priority areas that may incur penalties and reduce Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to healthcare organizations. In fact, according to Modern Healthcare, “more than 700 hospitals will see their total Medicare payments docked by 1% in fiscal 2015 as part of the first year of a federal penalty program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety”.
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.
Two selections will be offered the opportunity to present their leading practice as a Learning Lab at AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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6. AHRMM eLearning Platform Transition
AHRMM eLearning Platform Enhancements
To support your educational needs, and the needs of the field at large, AHRMM has transitioned to a new and improved eLearning platform.  On-demand recordings and eLearning courses purchased after December 17, 2014 will be accessed on the new learning platform site. The new site is integrated with your AHRMM account so logging in is a breeze.  Just use your current AHRMM username and password to log in.  Once logged in you’ll also have access to your eLearning transcript.  You can reprint certificates for programs completed in the new system, as well as verify your accumulated CPEs for prior online programs.  
All educational offerings are still available in the AHRMM Learning Center for browsing and purchasing.   If you are currently enrolled in an eLearning course or need to take post-webinar quizzes for CPE credits, you can access the old learning platform here. There has been an email sent to those currently enrolled with further instructions.  
We hope you enjoy the new platform, functionality, and easy access. If you have any questions please contact AHRMM directly at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840.
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7. 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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8. Term of the Week
Cluster picking is a methodology of picking into multiple order containers at one time. The containers are typically totes containing order batches, discrete order shippers, or discrete order totes. Utilized in case picking and LUM operations to reduce picking time and allow for direct delivery to the requesting location.
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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9. CDC Issues Guidance to Help Hospitals Estimate Ebola PPE Needs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued guidance to help hospitals and other emergency care settings estimate and have on hand the minimum recommended amount of personal protective equipment for Ebola preparedness based on the agency’s three-tiered approach to hospital preparedness for patients with possible or confirmed Ebola Virus Disease. According to the guidance, Frontline facilities may wish to have enough Ebola PPE for 12-24 hours of care, while Ebola Assessment Hospitals should have enough for at least four to five days of patient care and Ebola Treatment Hospitals should have enough for at least seven days of patient care. CDC recommends that facilities determine a phased approach to increasing PPE preparedness in coordination with state and local public health officials. “If a facility is treating a confirmed EVD patient and needs more PPE products, the facility should immediately contact its state and local health department,” the agency said. “State health departments may be able to identify additional PPE supplies locally to supplement hospital inventory, or they may request federal assistance to obtain additional PPE from the [Strategic National Stockpile].”
Source: AHA News Now – January 5, 2015 
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10. Solutions from Wallcur of San Diego: CDER Statement - FDA Warns Healthcare Professionals Not to Inject Patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals not to use Wallcur, LLC, simulated intravenous (IV) products in human or animal patients. These products are for training purposes only. There have been reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of certain of these products - i.e., Practi IV Solution Bags.
FDA has become aware that some Wallcur training IV products have been distributed to healthcare facilities and administered to patients. FDA will continue to investigate and monitor this issue. The agency is also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to inform healthcare professionals and state health departments.
Before administering IV solutions to patients, healthcare providers should carefully check the labels to ensure that the products are not training products, such as Practi IV Solution Bags marketed by Wallcur. Wallcur's training products, which may bear the words "for clinical simulation," are not to be administered to patients.
Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the CDER Statement and photo, here.
Source: HPN Daily Update – January 2, 2015
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11. Medical Recalls
Nellcor Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator System by Covidien
Part of the Nellcor Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator System circuit board may have cracks due to problems in the manufacturing process. The cracks can cause the ventilator's display screen to dim and give off a burning smell. There is no risk of fire due to this issue, but the part needs to be replaced so information on the display screen will be visible.
Reported events resulted in emergency responses with the unexpected need to stop the ventilator and transfer the patient to another ventilator. Being immediately removed from the defective ventilator and changing to another ventilator or a different form of breathing support may lead to a rapid and sudden change in a critically ill patient's condition and may result in serious injury or death.
Source: HPN Daily Update – January 2, 2015
Hospira Announces Voluntary Worldwide Recall of 10 Lots of Mitoxantrone Due to Confirmed Subpotency and Out-Of-Specification Impurities
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced on December 23, 2014 it has initiated a voluntary recall of 10 lots, identified below, of MitoXANTRONE (both human and veterinary), due to confirmed subpotency and elevated impurity levels. Risk factors associated with these types of out of specifications may include the potential for decreased potency which can lead to decreased effectiveness, additional dosing and the potential for cumulative impurity toxicity requiring medical intervention. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with subpotency and impurities for these lots.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest Bulletin – December 25, 2014
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12. The January/February Digital Editions is Now Available
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions is one of the premier benefits and resources of being an AHRMM member. Published six times a year, this publication provides up-to-date information on the latest healthcare supply chain trends, best practices, case studies, and Association activities.  
Check out the latest January/February issue online.  Not receiving your bi-monthly Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine in the mail?  Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840 and confirm your primary mailing address.
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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 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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