January 20, 2015
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1. New Webinar – Learn How Reducing PPI Expenses can be a "Game Changer"
Health systems are continually challenged to drastically reduce Physician Preference Item (PPI) supply expenses, and the traditional methods to achieve this are no longer sustainable.  Innovative approaches to achieving PPI expense reduction is needed to truly drive operating costs down.  This live webinar will provide an overview of an implemented approach to PPI, and the results achieved.
Click here for more information on this upcoming webinar and register today.
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2. February 11 - Engaging 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. AHRMM Welcomes New Committee and Task Force Members
AHRMM is proud to recognize its newest committee and task force members.  Through committee volunteerism, AHRMM’s leaders shape the future of the Association, and position themselves at the forefront of the healthcare supply chain field.  
Visit the Committees/Task Force webpage to review each committee’s members and charge.
  • Chapter Relations Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Issues & Legislative Committee 
  • Membership Committee
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4. Have You Been Successful in Fighting HACs? Share Your Methods
Support and guide supply chain professionals by sharing your knowledge and success in fighting hospital-acquired conditions!
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.
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.
Click here for guidelines on how to submit your ideas, what format to use, and more information.
With the new CDC Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report released, HAIs are frequently discussed in today’s industry news.  See below in Industry News stories highlighting the report and new resources from other organizations: 
  • Story #8 - An article from H&HN on Hospitals Show Improvement on Reducing HAIs.
  • Story #9 - The Joint Commission releases their new HAI resource center
  • Story #10 – The AHA provides a briefing on the latest CDC report
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5. HIMSS15  Early Bird Ends January 26 – AHRMM Members Receive Discount
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, members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend the conference.
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 26 at 11:59 pm CST. 
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6. Term of the Week
Warehouse management system, WMS.  Computer software designed specifically for managing the movement and storage of materials throughout the warehouse.  WMS functionality is generally broken down into the following three operations:  Put away, Replenishment, and Picking.  The key to these systems is the logic to direct these operations to specific locations based on user-defined criteria.  
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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7. Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Seeks Nominations
Bellwether League Inc. invites nominations of innovative, pioneering and visionary professionals for the Bellwether Class of 2015 to join 72 bellwethers already inducted into its Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain leadership.
DEADLINE for nominations: Friday, February 20, 2015. Honorees will be inducted on Monday, October 5, 2015, at the 8th Bellwether Induction Dinner Event in Chicago.
Nominees represent five distinct categories: Education & Media, Supply Chain Management, Group Purchasing, Supplier and Consultant.
* Education & Media: College/university professors and researchers, publishers, editors and writers.
* Supply Chain Management: Professionals working at hospitals and other non¬acute care facilities, hospital systems and integrated delivery organizations.  
* Group Purchasing: Professionals from among the national, regional, state, metropolitan and local group purchasing programs.
* Supplier: Professionals employed by manufacturers and distributors of products and services purchased by healthcare providers.
* Consultant: Professionals that advise, instruct and motivate healthcare supply chain managers as the primary focus of their practice.
Bellwether League Inc.'s Board of Directors selects deceased, retired and currently active professionals with a minimum of 25 years of exemplary service and leadership performance in supply chain operations that meet its criteria to be publicly recognized. Honorees demonstrate their qualifications through advancing the profession, work experience, work performance and active participation in professional organizations.
Visit www.bellwetherleague.org for more information and www.bellwetherleague.org/survey.html on the Web site front page for the NEW official nomination form.  
Contact: Rick Dana Barlow, (847) 466¬7425, rickdanabarlow@bellwetherleague.org.
Source: HPN Daily Update - January 20, 2015
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8. Hospitals Show Improvement on Reducing HAIs
A new CDC report shows that hospitals are making strides in reducing the rate of health care-acquired infections, but more work remains to be done. In late November, Staff Writer Marty Stempniak profiled the work that University of Vermont Medical Center is doing to reduce health care-acquired infections. The 562-bed hospital, for instance, has seen a 77 percent drop in central line-associated bloodstream infections in its ICU.
Source: H&HN Daily – January 15, 2015
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9. Joint Commission Launches Infection Prevention and HAI Portal
The Joint Commission is merging its two online infection prevention resources into one convenient, expanded tool:  The Infection Prevention and Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI) Portal. The portal provides general information on HAI and the free comprehensive resource, “Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals.”
Source: The Joint Commission – January 15, 2015
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10. CDC: Hospitals Making Progress in Effort to Eliminate Infections
Hospitals reduced central-line associated blood stream infections and surgical site infections by 46% and 19%, respectively, between 2008 and 2013, according to the latest annual report on healthcare-associated infections, released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among other improvements, hospitals reduced C. difficile infections by 10% and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections by 8% between 2011 and 2013. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections increased 6% between 2009 and 2013, but initial data from 2014 suggest they have started to decrease, the agency said. “Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of healthcare-associated infections – it can be done,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D. “The key is for every hospital to have rigorous infection control programs to protect patients and health care workers, and for health care facilities and others to work together to reduce the many types of infections that haven’t decreased enough.” AHA's Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate directed a national project to reduce CLABSIs through the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program and is currently administering a CUSP program and fellowship to prevent CAUTIs.
Source: AHA News Now – January 14, 2015
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11. Free Webinar February 4 Presented by AHRMM and HIMSS
Building Quality into the Medical Device Ecosystem: Opportunities and Insights
Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Movement Webinar: Part 2
Presented by AHRMM and HIMSS
This webinar provides insights into new research about the key quality considerations that drive clinical sourcing decisions. It discusses how various informatics-based efforts by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (PCORNET), FDA, professional societies and standards development organizations, among others, can better inform both purchasing and device performance evaluations
Date: February 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (12:00 pm EST, 9:00 am PST)
Cost: Complimentary
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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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