January 19, 2016
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1. Cultivating OR Cost Awareness Webinar – Registration Open!
Using Data to Increase Clinicians’ Product Cost Awareness
The Massachusetts General leadership team will share how they used data capture to assess supply use and how they changed the culture in their hospital to be more cost aware. They will also examine the hurdles they encountered and how they addressed each along the way so you, too, can instill a financial mindfulness in your facility.
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $149 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: Bethany Daily, Senior Administrative Director, Perioperative Services, Massachusetts General Hospital and Stephanie Weilert, Manager, Perioperative Business Services, Massachusetts General Hospital
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2. The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal – New Sustainability PIM
A new Performance Improvement Measure (PIM) has been added to the Sustainability Roadmap for Hospitals, a national best practice resource for hospitals and health systems to assist with reducing costs and improving environmental performance and community health. The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal guides you through the steps to safer procurement, management, and disposal of electronic equipment. The PIM offers sample purchasing agreements language you may want to use to ensure energy efficient, cost effective, durable, and recyclable/reusable equipment procurement. The document describes how to be maximize electronics efficiencies and provides tips on electronics recycling and disposal from compliance issues and beyond. The decisions we make, from purchasing to disposal, will make a difference.
Thank you to  Green Electronics Council for their generous support in underwriting this PIM.

Have expertise to contribute to this PIM? Interested in learning more? Please contact the Sustainability Roadmap team. The Sustainability Roadmap is a free, sharing community that encourages contributions of information and expertise. By sharing, we will accomplish more than we will ever do by ourselves.
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3. AHRMM Social & Digital Media Survey - Enter to Win a Free AHRMM16 Registration
AHRMM is conducting an important Digital and Social Media Usage Survey which will help us further strengthen the value of your membership by better understanding how members use social and digital media.  
As an incentive for your participation, members who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a FREE registration for the 2016 AHRMM Conference.*  
The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and consists of 28 multiple choice questions and 1 open-ended question. Survey closes on January 28, 2016.
We are grateful for your participation!
* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINING. ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED. Sweepstakes only open to AHRMM Members who are residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18 years and older. Sweepstakes begins on or about 01/07/2016 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00 pm CT on 01/21/2016. ARV of all prizes: $700.00. Subject to full Official Rules at www.ahrmm.org/survey-sweepstakes-rules. Sponsor: Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management.
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4. 2016 Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture and Symposium at Arizona State University
Featured Speaker: Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; and Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution. 
Register for the 2016 Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture and Symposium on April 6, 2016 at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus for an illuminating discussion at 6:00 pm., followed by a reception at 7:30 pm.
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5. Term of the Week
Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, CCJR: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing, through the notice and comment rulemaking process, a new model to support better and more efficient care for beneficiaries undergoing the most common inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries: hip and knee replacements (also called lower extremity joint replacements or LEJR). This model, called the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, would test bundled payment and quality measurement for an episode of care associated with hip and knee replacements to encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to work together to improve the quality and coordination of care from the initial hospitalization through recovery. 
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. Olympus Recalls Duodenoscope Model for Safety Modification
Olympus has recalled its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope so it can make Food and Drug Administration-approved modifications to the roughly 4,400 devices in use in U.S. health care facilities, the FDA announced on January, 15. Olympus plans to contact each facility that owns the duodenoscope with instructions on returning the model so it can replace the elevator channel sealing mechanism at the tip of the scope with a new sealing mechanism designed to reduce the risk of fluid leakage into the elevator channel. Olympus estimates a four-day turnaround time once it receives a duodenoscope from a facility. Until then, healthcare facilities may continue to use the model but should meticulously follow the new, validated reprocessing instructions announced by FDA last March, the agency said. The company also plans to conduct annual inspections of each scope in use by facilities to identify any wear and tear on the sealing mechanism or the presence of attached debris at the scope’s tip, which would require replacement of the potentially contaminated parts.
Source: AHA News Now – January 15, 2016
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7. MedPAC Finalizes Post-Acute Recommendations; Discusses Post-Acute Payment Prototype
On January 14, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission finalized its recommendations to provide no updates in fiscal year 2017 for Medicare payments to home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities or long-term care hospitals. In addition, the commission recommended rebasing the HH payment system over a two-year period starting in 2018, and eliminating therapy as a factor in setting HH payments. It also recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services reform the SNF prospective payment system and report to Congress in 2019 on the impacts of those reforms and need for further payment system changes. In addition, the commission voted in favor of focused audits of IRFs that have “unusual patterns of case mix and coding,” and expanding the outlier pool “to redistribute payments more equitably across cases and providers.” The recommendations will be presented to Congress in March. The commission also provided an update on its research on a unified payment system for post-acute care, which was legislatively mandated and will be presented to Congress in June. MedPAC and HHS would develop the new payment approach to replace the current prospective payment systems for post-acute care, with this work slated for presentation to Congress in 2022. Services would be paid for based on patients’ clinical characteristics, rather than care setting.
Source: AHA News Now – January 15, 2016
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8. Comment on Draft Performance Measures for Total Hip & Total Knee Replacement
The Joint Commission invites comment through February 5, 2016 on specifications for six draft performance measures which will be used to enhance performance measurement requirements for the Total Hip/Total Knee Replacement Advanced Disease Specific Certification program.
Source: The Joint Commission E-Alerts – January 14, 2016
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9. Free Webinar Provided by USDM: What UDI Means for Healthcare
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 
Speaker: Jean Sargent, Vice President, Business Development, USDM
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
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10. AHRMM Fellow Program
The designation of AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) recognizes current AHRMM members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the materials management field. Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP), FAHRMM status is given to active members who have excelled in specific areas and have submitted an acceptable, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
Learn more about the Fellow program and how to get started on your FAHRMM designation.
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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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