January 27, 2015
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1. Quality Advisory: New Guidance on Humidity Levels in the Operating Room
A change in the standards regulating a hospital's physical environment in the operating room (OR) may conflict with the instructions for use on some equipment and supplies routinely used in surgery. To ensure patient safety during surgery, the AHA in collaboration with its personal membership groups, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and AHRMM, urge hospitals to examine their humidity levels in the OR and consider the effects on equipment and products used during surgery. 
Read the full advisory and associated attachments to assist in your assessment.
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2. Identify Supply Chain Data that is Most Relevant to Physicians
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. Grow Your AHRMM Community: Refer-A-Friend and Reap the Rewards!
Your membership in AHRMM demonstrates how committed you are to your career and your profession. You value the lifelong benefits of AHRMM membership, why not share it with a friend and reward yourself in the process? 
When you refer a friend or colleague to AHRMM, you are helping to grow your AHRMM community while enriching the lives of others with new knowledge, resources, and networking opportunities. You are dedicated to your profession, now’s the time to take a leadership role and share that dedication with others like you.  
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4. Term of the Week
SKU, Stock Keeping Unit.  Referring to a specific item in a specific unit of measure.  For example, if you distributed thirty-weight motor oil in both quarts and gallons you would maintain the inventory as two SKUs even though they are both thirty-weight motor oil.  Also refers to the identification# assigned to each SKU.
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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5. Crises/Disasters Should Disrupt Supply Chain's Status Quo
Might real-time information, interconnectivity lead to process resilience? 
Dealing with a crisis or disaster as it affects the supply chain usually involves some kind of emergency response plan - a reaction to the natural or man-made event or infectious outbreak.
Generally, supply chain leaders contract their primary distributor or key suppliers to alert them of what's going on if they don't know already. They ask the suppliers to tap into the emergency stock they have sequestered in their warehouses to compensate for irregular spikes in demand. While shipping the additional product stream, the suppliers also must huddle with their customers to forecast demand and communicate those developments to their own raw materials suppliers up the chain...
Source: HPN Special Report – January 27, 2015
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6. HHS Announces Timeline for Greater Shift to Value-based Payment in Medicare
The Department of Health and Human Services aims to tie 30% of Medicare fee- for-service payments to alternative payment models and 85% to quality or value by 2016, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced yesterday. The plan calls for increasing these proportions to 50% and 90%, respectively, by 2018. “We believe these goals can drive transformative change, help us manage and track progress, and create accountability for measurable improvement,” Burwell said. Examples of alternative payment models include accountable care organizations and bundled payment arrangements. HHS also plans to work with private payers, employers, consumers, providers, state Medicaid programs and other partners to expand alternative payment models into their programs through a new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, which will begin meeting in March. For more information, see the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ factsheet. Burwell announced the explicit goals at a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumer, insurance, provider and business organizations, including the AHA. “America’s hospitals are committed to alternative payment systems that increase value and promote the coordination of care in a seamless manner across multiple settings,” said AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack. “In fact, we have begun the process of redesigning delivery systems to serve patients better in this manner long before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. We welcome continued efforts of the Administration and others to promote innovative approaches that enhance these ambitious objectives. We look forward to learning more from HHS on how these new goals will be phased in. At the same time, we encourage the Administration to fully evaluate and improve on the delivery system reforms currently in place to ensure that we are learning from the pilot and demonstration projects to best meet patient needs. Moreover, we need to phase in changes in a thoughtful manner that is tailored to the specific needs of individual communities. We look forward to learning more from HHS on the details and metrics of this program.”
Source: AHA News Now – January 26, 2015
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7. FDA: Providers Should Avoid Using Certain Bone Graft Substitutes in Children 
Last week the Food and Drug Administration advised against routine use of bone graft substitutes containing recombinant proteins and synthetic peptides in patients under age 18, because their safety and effectiveness has not been reviewed or approved for use in this population. If these products are considered the best or only option after considering alternatives, health care providers should inform parents/guardians and patients about the risks and benefits of using the product when discussing surgical options, and report any associated adverse events to the FDA, the agency said.
Source: AHA News Now – January 21, 2015
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8. AHA Issues Case Study Report on Hospital Discharge Planning Tools
Hospital discharge planning tools should incorporate the judgment of clinicians and be administratively feasible, according to a new AHA report highlighting lessons learned from five hospitals and health systems that developed innovative tools aimed at improving patient care transitions. The five tools support decision making related to when a general acute-care hospital patient should be discharged, whether a patient will need post-acute care, and what types of post-acute care may be most suitable. While their primary objectives vary, the tools have three cross-cutting themes: appropriate post-acute care placement; readmission reduction; and management of patient transitions from acute to post-acute care settings. Each of the tools was designed to align with the culture of the organization and providers using it, with a focus on reducing the burden on administrative staff and clinicians. AHA convened a technical advisory panel of members and other stakeholders to examine a variety of innovative patient discharge planning tools.
Source: AHA News Now – January 20, 2015
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9. Medical Recall
Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL Due to Particulate Matter
Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), announced last week it will initiate a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL (NDC 0409-7983-02, Lot 44-002-JT, Expiry 1AUG2016) to the user level due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. Hospira has identified the particulate as a human hair, sealed in the bag at the additive port area.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest – January 24, 2015
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10. Jump Start Your Career in 2015
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Mentor relationships are established for six months at a time. The specific goals and amount of time needed to participate in the program can vary by individual. The program is flexible enough for you to customize the experience to exactly what you would like. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders of the healthcare supply chain field. The program is FREE and only available to AHRMM Members!
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 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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