January 12, 2016
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1. One Week Left to Register for Utilizing Demand Planning Webinar
This webinar looks at the concept of Demand Planning as the next step in the evolution of the healthcare supply chain process.  Review of this concept will show how it builds trust relationships and encourages collaboration amongst the departments in healthcare organizations and suppliers; and demonstrates how to apply this concept using data analytics.
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT; 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $149 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: Jacqueline Gregory, Supply Chain Operations, Orlando Health, Inc.; Randy Hayas, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Orlando Health, Inc.; Steve Kiewiet, BJC HealthCare; William H Saphir BS, MA, MBA, Principal, William H Saphir
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2. Two New On-Demand Webinars – FREE for AHRMM Members
Did you miss the two AHRMM webinars in December? Access them now on-demand to listen at your own pace and still receive CPE credit!
This 90 minute panel discussion led by industry leaders, will provide insight as to how to improve and expand supplier-provider collaborations within the healthcare supply chain, assess and modify current negotiation and contracting practices and how this partnership can assist in CQO success.
Cost: FREE (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1.5
This session will explain the benefits of implementing the UDI such as immediate device status updates through collaboration with manufacturers and suppliers, increased patient care satisfaction, and how the data you collect can turn your analytics into strategic and critical business decisions.
Cost: FREE
CPE: 1
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3. Alarm Fatigue and Continuing Education Podcasts
AHRMM Podcasts are a free and quick resource for individuals interested in hearing more on relevant healthcare supply chain topics. Two podcasts are now available and AHRMM will launch additional podcasts throughout 2016. 
Alarm Fatigue and Supply Chain’s Role in Preventing It 
Learn about how the significant number of clinical alarms have a numbing effect on nursing staff, to the point that patient safety is in jeopardy. As this is happening at most hospitals around the country, supply chain has the ability to help slow the number of unnecessary alarms and increase the quality of patient care. 
Presented by: Susan Turley, Director of Supply Chain Management, US Army Medical Department, Alaska 
Continuing Education and Earning Your CMRP:  It’s Importance to You and the Supply Chain Field 
Investing in yourself by taking continuing education courses, no matter what kind, is essential for personal and professional growth. Hear from two supply chain experts who explain the benefits of life-long learning and earing their Certified Resource Materials Professional (CMRP) Certificate, and how you can do the same. 
Presented by: Allen Archer, System Director - Supply Chain, Houston Healthcare and Lora Johnson, Director Supply Chain Operations - Acute Care, Covenant Health System 
Visit http://learning.ahrmm.org/podcasts to access the podcasts.
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4. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in December 2015:
  • Rhonda Ancar, Zachary, LA
  • Amber Bolas, Phoenix, AZ
  • Maj. MariaBethy Cash APO, AP
  • Richard Caywood, Midvale, UT
  • Kenneth Cyr, Savannah, GA
  • Lisa Gantt, Asheville, NC
  • Colin Ginoza, Honolulu, HI
  • Matthew Gross, Bossier City, LA
  • Jerry Houston, Charlotte, NC
  • Jennifer Moore, Frederick, MD
  • Brian Rosenthal, Middletown, NY
  • William Sherman, Moore, OK
  • Adam Slater, Layton, UT
  • Karen Smith, Severn, MD
  • Shannon Wheeler, Chesterfield, MO
  • Kevin Willis, Lombard, IL
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5. Term of the Week
Pharmacogenetics focuses on single drug-gene interactions, while pharmacogenomics encompasses a more genome-wide association approach, incorporating genomics and epigenetics while dealing with the effects of multiple genes on drug response.
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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6. CMS Announces New Medicare ACO Participants
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced 121 new Medicare Accountable Care Organization participants, including 21 that will begin participating this year in a new Next Generation ACO model. The new model includes a prospectively (rather than retrospectively) set benchmark, allows beneficiaries to choose to be aligned to the ACO and tests beneficiary incentives for seeking care at participating providers. In addition, 39 ACOs will join two existing participants in the ACO Investment Model (AIM), which builds on the Advance Payment ACO model to encourage ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas and current Shared Savings Program ACOs to transition to arrangements with greater financial risk. The AIM model is expected to provide $83 million in upfront and ongoing investments to participants, which are repaid from the ACO’s earned shared savings. Yesterday’s announcement brings the total number of Medicare ACOs to 477 across five models, including 100 new and 147 renewing SSPs and 64 ACOs in a risk-bearing track. Initiated in 2012, Medicare ACOs are groups of physicians, hospitals and other care providers who agree to coordinate care for patients and are held accountable for certain quality and performance measures.
Source: AHA News Now – January 11, 2016
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7. OCR Issues Guidance on HIPAA Access Right
On January 7 the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights issued guidance to help individuals' better exercise their existing rights to access and obtain a copy of their personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy Rule. In a blog post announcing the new guidance, OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels indicates that it addresses the scope of information covered by HIPAA’s access right, the narrow exceptions to the right and other mandated elements, including timeliness, the form and format for providing access and how the HIPAA access right intersects with patient access requirements under the Electronic Health Record meaningful use and incentive program. “We will continue to develop additional guidance and other tools as necessary to ensure that individuals understand and can exercise their right to access their health information,” Samuels said.
Source: AHA News Now – January 7, 2016
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8. FDA Recalls
Baxter Initiates Voluntary Recall of Two Lots of IV Solutions due to Potential Presence of Particulate Matter
Baxter International Inc. announced it is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/end user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter in each case was determined to be an insect and was identified as a result of a customer complaint.
Visit the FDA for the full recall announcement.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – January 6, 2016

FDA Class I Recall: Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 Ventilators by Dräger
Dräger is recalling the PS500 battery power supply because a software issue causes shorter than expected battery run times. The software issue with the power supply also prevents the appropriate alarm from sounding 5 minutes before the battery runs out of power and the device shuts down. If the ventilator shuts down, a patient may not receive necessary oxygen. This could cause patient injury or death.
Visit the FDA for the full recall announcement.
Source: HPN Daily Update – January 7, 2016

FDA Recall: Magnesium Sulfate in Water for Injection by Hospira
Hospira, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of one lot of MAGNESIUM SULFATE IN WATER FOR INJECTION (0.325 mEq Mg**/mL) 40 mg/mL 2g total, 50 mL (NDC: 0409-6729-24, Lot 53-113-JT, Expiry 1NOV2016) to the user level due to a confirmed customer report of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling.
Visit the FDA for the full recall announcement.
Source: HPN Daily Update – January 8, 2016

FDA Class I Recall: Pleural and Pneumopericardial Drainage Sets by Stryker Fuhrman
Stryker Sustainability Solutions received two reports that the catheter included in the Drainage Set broke off in the pleural cavity while inserting the device into the patient. Both cases resulted in the need for medical intervention. This issue could cause serious patient injury or death.
Visit the FDA for the full recall announcement.
Source: HPN Daily Update – January 12, 2016
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9. Free Webinar Provided by USDM: What UDI Means for Healthcare
What UDI Means for Healthcare – An In-Depth Look
The intent of the UDI Rule is multi-purpose with the end result focusing on the patient. The traceability of products from manufacturer thru to distributor into receiving dock and to the patient is essential to achieve the benefits of UDI at the provider level. To enable this process, multiple solutions must be considered. Information systems within each of the segments must have the capabilities to capture and transact with UDI data. Senior leadership, clinicians, information technology, all staff within each organization must understand the importance of this paradigm shift. This webinar will describe the importance of the changes and the steps to be taken in order to achieve success.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016  
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT; 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
Cost: Complimentary
CPE: 1
Speakers: Jean Sargent, Vice President, Business Development, USDM
Register Now!

Learning Objectives:
  • Define traceability from manufacturer to billing
  • Define system requirements for success
  • Understand Internal vs. External processes
  • Understand who the program owners are
  • Define the role of master data management
How this Webinar Relates to the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement: The UDI is at the intersection of the CQO Movement. Use of the UDI will track the cost, quality, and outcome by patient. Traceability of product and information from manufacturer to patient use is vital to the success of this paradigm shift. Education of leadership, clinicians, and all staff in healthcare on the CQO Movement and the use of the UDI will advance organizations to the next level of patient safety.
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10. An Inside Look at Future Transformations in Healthcare – Free SHSMD Webinar
Futurescan 2016–2021 focuses on key dimensions of change that are transforming healthcare. Join Ian Morrison, a renowned futurist and executive editor of Futurescan, as he presents highlights from SHSMD’s annual guide to healthcare trends, and discusses strategies to position your organizations for success in the new environment.

Date: February 16, 2016
Time: Noon–1:00pm CST (1:00–2:00pm EST)
Learn more and register free today.
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11. Advance Your Career in 2016 Through the AHRMM Mentor Program
Connect with the mentor who has a skill or knowledge in an area you’ve identified as key to your career development. Get assistance with career planning, discuss a particularly challenging work issue, develop real solutions, and uncover missing tools and resources. Effective mentor/mentee relationships are being formed every day through the AHRMM Mentor Program. Why wait?

Give it a try today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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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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