February 2, 2016
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1. Meet the New Face of AHRMM – www.AHRMM.org
Have you visited the AHRMM website lately? You should! We are pleased to announce the new website, redesigned to optimize all of the valuable resources AHRMM provides and to ultimately enhance your experience. The new www.ahrmm.org, reflects the breadth and complexity of AHRMM’s scope including resource development and ongoing programs and activities for healthcare supply chain professionals.
In addition to a clean modernized layout, the new website is easier to navigate and more user friendly. Here are just a few of the upgrades made on www.ahrmm.org:
  • Optimized view on all platforms: AHRMM.org is now optimized for use on all mobile devices.
  • NEW Knowledge Center: Find all the resources you’re looking for by applying filters for precise and efficient search functionality. New search fields have been created and assigned to items on the website to help narrow down your interests.
In the new Knowledge Center, users are now able to search by:
  • Content Areas: Cover broad categories of content. Includes: Finance, Leadership, Logistics, Performance Metrics, Procurement, Professional Development, Strategic Planning, Support Services, Technology, and Value Analysis.
  • Tags: More specific areas and topics applicable for the healthcare supply chain.
  • Format: The type of resource you’re looking for such as an on-demand recording, article, case study, leading practice, RFP etc.
We hope you find the enhancements made to the website valuable. Check out the new website and familiarize yourself with the new features at www.ahrmm.org.
If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. We’re happy to help!  Contact us at ahrmm@aha.org
2. Call for CQO Leading Practices
AHRMM has developed a repository for leading and proven supply chain practices, case studies, and tool kits that are developed from a Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) perspective.
To continue building the CQO Leading Practice Repository, AHRMM is issuing the latest call for leading practice submissions. 
AHRMM is looking for submissions highlighting initiatives in the following areas:
  • Reduced hospital-acquired conditions (HAC)
  • Reduced readmissions
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Strategic supply chain initiatives between providers and their suppliers
  • UDI adoption practices
Submissions are due May 2, 2016.
Visit www.ahrmm.org/share-practices for more information including requirements and helpful documents for submission. 
3. Physician Preference Two-Part Webinar Series – Purchase the Bundle to Save!
In this two-part webinar series, hear directly from physicians about how to have conversations that get results and drive change and debunk myths that have stifled clinical resource management. 
You can purchase each webinar individually or as a bundle with additional savings: 
Individual Webinar: $99 (AHRMM Members), $149 (Non Members)
Part 1 & 2 Bundle: $149 (AHRMM Members), $268 (Non Members)
Order the Bundle Today!

Part 1 – March 23: Debunking the Myth of Physician Preference
Discuss findings from a groundbreaking survey of physicians and case studies that debunk several myths that have stifled clinical resource management.
Part 2 – April 6: How to Effectively Partner with Physicians to Get Results
This session will explain how supply chain can appeal to physicians’ shifting priorities around value and engage them in meaningful conversations focused on patients—not just products or price.
4. Local AHRMM Chapter News is Now Available 
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
5. Term of the Week
Resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) is a schema used to determine how much money medical providers should be paid. It is partially used by Medicare in the United States and by nearly all health maintenance organizations (HMOs). RBRVS assigns procedures performed by a physician or other medical provider a relative value which is adjusted by geographic region, a procedure performed in Manhattan is worth more than a procedure performed in Dallas. This value is then multiplied by a fixed conversion factor, which changes annually, to determine the amount of payment. RBRVS determines prices based on three separate factors: physician work (54%), practice expense (41%), and malpractice expense (5%).
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!
6. FDA Releases Draft Guidance on UDI
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance documentEnforcement Policy on National Health Related Item Code and National Drug Code Numbers Assigned to Devices; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.
When finalized, this draft guidance will describe the Agency’s intent not to enforce before September 24, 2021, the prohibition against providing NHRIC or NDC numbers on device labels and packages, with respect to class III devices, devices licensed under the Public Health Services (PHS) Act, class II devices, and implantable, life-supporting or life-sustaining devices, manufactured and labeled prior to September 24, 2018. In the draft guidance, the Agency is also proposing to extend the deadline to request use of FDA-issued labeler codes under a system for the issuance of unique device identifiers (UDIs) to September 24, 2018 (an extension from the 2014 deadline).
The FDA welcomes your comments and suggestions regarding this draft guidance. The comment period will be open for 60 days.
For more information about the UDI System, please visit the FDA’s UDI webpage.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – February 2, 201
7. FDA Updates Information on Validated Duodenoscope Reprocessors
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday posted updated information on which makers of automated endoscope reprocessors for duodenoscopes have completed validation testing with adequate results. The agency requested validation testing data from all companies that have AERs labeled to reprocess duodenoscopes due to the potential association between reprocessed duodenoscopes and patient infection. The agency continues to work with manufacturers as they validate that their reprocessors can effectively clean and disinfect duodenoscopes, and will update the information when it accepts validation results for other manufacturers.
Source: AHA News Now – February 1, 2016
8. WHO Declares Zika a Public Health Emergency
The World Health Organization today declared Zika virus an international public health emergency. WHO also recommended enhanced surveillance, the development of new diagnostic tools and “aggressive measures” to reduce Zika infections, particularly among pregnant women and women of child-bearing age, in addition to intensifying research efforts aimed at vaccines and treatments. A marked increase in infants born with microcephaly, a birth defect resulting in smaller than normal head size, has been reported during the Zika outbreak in Brazil. It is not known how many of the cases are actually associated with the virus. Until more is known, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advises pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas, or talk to their healthcare provider before they do and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip. Only about one in five people infected with the mosquito- borne virus will get sick, and their illness is usually mild. There are currently no vaccines or medications to prevent or treat Zika infection.
Source: AHA News Now – February 1, 2016
9. GUDID: Accounts for Class II Device Labelers
As of February 1, 2016, FDA will accept Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) account requests from labelers of class II devices. 
FDA’s experience and feedback from industry indicate that device labelers often take a number of actions to organize, collect and validate data—before they get a GUDID account or submit device identifier (DI) records. The FDA strongly encourages all device labelers to take such actions to ensure their readiness to meet UDI requirements and streamline the GUDID submission process. Suggested steps to prepare for GUDID can be found on the UDI web site. 
The FDA also encourages you to watch two new training modules made available through CDRH’s Industry Basics program. The video covers two topics: 1) UDI System Regulatory Overview and 2) Requesting a GUDID Account. Additional broadcasts about how to submit data to GUDID are coming soon! 
For additional information, visit www.fda.gov/udi
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – February 1, 2016
10. Baxter Recalls Certain IV Solutions
Baxter International Inc. announced on January 26 it is voluntarily recalling four lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential for leaking containers and particulate matter. Baxter was made aware of these issues as the result of two complaints for leaking containers and one customer complaint each for three lots due to particulate matter. In each case, the issue was discovered prior to patient administration and there have been no adverse events associated with these incidents reported to Baxter to date.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – January 27, 2016
11. Orientation to Healthcare - SHSMD U Online Course
Are you new to the healthcare field and in need of healthcare 101? On March 14-25 SHSMD U online course, Orientation to Healthcare, will expand your understanding of patients, hospitals, physicians, insurers, and more!  After taking this course, you will be able to apply a deeper knowledge of healthcare in your work as a healthcare professional.
Hurry and register today, it sold out last year!
12. AHRMM Membership ListServs
The AHRMM Membership ListServ and the Materials Management Information Systems (MMIS) Listserv are email communication tools that allows members to communicate with one another directly. Get answers to your questions and share your knowledge with other members right from your email inbox to theirs.
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