January 13, 2015
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1. Webinar this Thursday - FREE for AHRMM Members
Presented by HFMA 
Co-sponsored by AHRMM and 

Learn how proper alignment, categorization, and understanding of product attributes can provide the information needed to support product rationalization and lower costs.
Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CT (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MT, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PT)
Cost: Complimentary (AHRMM Members), $99 (Non-Members)
CPE: 1.5
Directions on how to register on the HFMA webpage:  Scroll almost to the bottom to the “Pricing” section.  Click “Register” next to AHRMM members: Free. If you do not have a HFMA login or e-mail on file, click here to continue. If you are experiencing issues, contact HFMA’s Member Service Center at (800) 252-4362 Ext. 2.
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2. Now’s the Time! We Must Engage Physicians to Reduce Costs and Improve Outcomes
In this live webinar, you will learn how a hospital's payment will be based on their performance on outcomes and efficiency under value based purchasing. You will also learn how a physician's payment is being affected and how this information can help you impart change in your organization.
Click here for more information on this upcoming webinar and register today.
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3. Results from Recent University of Houston Hospital Supply Chain Study Are Now Available
In the fall of 2014, the University of Houston conducted a national study on hospital supply chain. With the support and participation from the AHRMM community, the University of Houston collected data from 266 hospitals and at least 60 percent of the respondents have an official designation of supply chain director or higher. 
Supply expenses represent the second largest expense for hospitals after labor costs. Thus, effective supply chain (SC) management will greatly improve the bottom line of hospitals. This study aims to understand the supply chain practices of the hospitals in the U.S. and identify factors that are associated with hospital supply chain excellence.
Thank you to those who participated in the study. Your contribution is invaluable in helping academic institutions, AHRMM, and collaborating organizations better understand supply chain perspectives and best practices. 
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4. Help Improve Patient Safety by Submitting a Leading and Proven Supply Chain Practice
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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5. AHRMM Members Receive Discount to Attend HIMSS15 – Early Bird Ends January 26
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 AHRMM is an Endorser and one of the expert resources at HIMSS15, you’re eligible to receive the member discount to attend the conference.
Save your spot and discover answers to pressing questions, explore hundreds of market-ready solutions, hear expert perspectives on critical issues, and network with thousands of like-minded professionals, clinicians and executives from around the globe.
To receive the discount, go to the online registration.  Then, select our organization from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process. Enter the Endorser Number: 2015.
The early bird registration deadline is January 26th at 11:59 pm CST. 
Explore the resources, people and ideas that enable you to transform health — all at HIMSS15!
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6. Special Briefing Webinar Tomorrow: Energizing Healthcare Transformation
January 14, 2015
12:00 pm Central / 1:00 pm Eastern
Did you miss it in December? No worries – we’ve got you covered. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock and Tom Main, partner and US market leader at Oliver Wyman, are coming back on January 14 for a repeat webinar.  Sign up for the FREE January 14th webinar. Gain new insights on Health Market 2.0 and how consumerism will change the way hospitals deliver care. You’ll get inspired, we’re sure of it. You must be an AHA SmartMarket user to attend the event. So register here to get access to the webinar details.
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7. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in December 2014:
  • Maureen Bracher, Freehold, NJ
  • Angela Brito, New York, NY
  • Jennifer Cook, St Charles, MO
  • Julie Fournier, Franklin, NH
  • Dawn Griffin, Ormond Beach, FL*
  • Rachel Harkness, Raymond, MI
  • John Kott, Flower Mound, TX
  • Timofey Orentlikher, Fairlawn, OH
  • Michael Smyth, Westbury, NY
  • Ben Wingfield, Little Rock, AR
  • Terrie Yow, High Point, NC
  • Peter Zenkewich, New York, NY*
*Received their CMRP in November 2014
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8. Term of the Week 
Ultraviolet light disinfection Ultraviolet light kills microorganisms by exposing patient room surfaces to a device which emits short-wavelength ultraviolet radiation (UV-C) thus inactivating the DNA of the microorganisms. UV disinfection has a long history off use in air and water purification, sewage treatment protection of food and beverages, and many other disinfection and sterilization applications.  
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. Register Now for the 2015 Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture
Taking Quality Improvement to a Higher Level
The Mark McKenna Lecture in Healthcare Management brings key innovators and thought leaders in healthcare to Arizona State University annually to speak on current healthcare issues and highlight the importance of the supply chain in improving health care system performance.
As president of Novation and a founding member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium, Mark McKenna’s contributions to the field of healthcare supply chain management and commitment to bringing academia and industry together are recognized through this annual lecture series. Mark was both an inductee and past board member of the Bellwether League, Inc., the healthcare and supply chain management hall of fame.
Seats are limited! Register today.
When: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Reception
Where: Sandra Day O’Connor
College of Law, Great Hall
1100 S. McAllister Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85287
Speaker: Brent James, MD
Intermountain Health’s Chief Quality Officer and Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Brent James is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. James has devoted himself to using quality improvement tools to better understand the cause and effect relationship between various practice and environmental factors. 
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10. Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) Announces New Chairman of the Board of Directors
Scituate, MA (January 13, 2015):  The Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI®), a non-profit, member-driven organization of healthcare supply chain executives, announces Jim Francis  as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for a two-year term effective January 1, 2015.  
Mr. Francis is currently Division Chair of Supply Chain Management at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and has been a member of SMI for ten years and a board member for 8.  Francis will lead the SMI Board of Directors, currently comprised of 12 executives who help shape the strategic direction of SMI and it’s over 100 members from the nation’s most influential hospitals and manufacturers/suppliers in the healthcare supply chain industry.  Francis follows Steve Gundersen, Vice President/General Manager for BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) who served as Chairman from 2013 – 2014.
The mission of SMI is to bring both providers and suppliers together, in a collaborative, non-competitive environment to help improve and shape a more efficient and improved healthcare supply chain.  To learn more about SMI, its mission and its members, visit:   www.smisupplychain.com
Source: Strategic Marketplace Initiative – January 13, 2015
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11. 2015 National Patient Safety Goals Presentation 
The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals presentation for 2015 is now available!   Click here to download the file and review the latest National Patient Safety Goals.
Source: The Joint Commission – January 8, 2015
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12. Deadline to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Extended
Healthcare providers can apply through Jan. 21 to participate in the second ICD-10 testing sample with Medicare Administrative Contractors and the Common Electronic Data Interchange contractor, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on January 8, 2015. The previous deadline was Jan. 9. Application forms are available on the MAC websites, according to CMS. About 850 volunteers representing a cross section of provider, claim and submitter types will be selected to participate in the testing, scheduled for April 26 through May 1. An additional opportunity for end-to-end testing will be available the week of July 20, CMS said. The Department of Health and Human Services last July issued a final rule establishing Oct. 1, 2015 as the date on which health care providers must begin including ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on Medicare and other healthcare claims. AHA members can access an updated Executive Action Guide to help with the transition to ICD-10, and visit the CMS website for more information and resources.
Source: AHA News Now – January 8, 2015
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13. Medical Recall
Wallcur Practi-0.9% Sodium Chloride-IV Bags 50 mL, 250 mL, 500, mL, and 1000 mL Wallcur Practi-0.9% Sodium Chloride-IV Bag with Distilled Water 100 mL
This letter is to notify you of a product recall involving Wallcur’s Practi-0.9‰ sodium chloride IV bags supplied in 50 mL, 250 mL, 500, mL, and 1000 mL sizes and the Practi-0.9‰ sodium chloride 100 mL IV solution bag with sterile distilled water.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest – January 13, 2015
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14. Grow the AHRMM Community: Refer-A-Friend and Reap the Rewards!
Your membership shows how deep you are committed to your career and your profession. It demonstrates how much you value the lifelong benefits of AHRMM membership. Why not share them with a friend and reward yourself in the process? 
When you refer a friend or colleague to AHRMM, you are helping to grow the AHRMM community while enriching the lives of others with new knowledge, resources, and networking opportunities. You are dedicated to your profession, and would like to have more members just like you.  Learn more about the Refer-A-Friend Program.
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