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February 3, 2015
  
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1. Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Free Webinar
 
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. The webinar also provides an overview of the upcoming SMART Think Tank being sponsored by the Medical Device Epidemiology Network – a public-private partnership that includes FDA. Click here to learn more about tomorrow’s webinar.
 
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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2. Next Week: 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. A New Model that Transforms the Way Implants are Marketed, Distributed and Serviced in Healthcare
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 provides 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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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.
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5. Term of the Week
ASN, Advanced shipment notification (EDI 856).  Advanced shipment notifications are used to notify a customer of a shipment.  ASNs will often include PO numbers, SKU numbers, lot numbers, quantity, pallet or container number, and carton number.  Advanced shipment notification systems are usually combined with bar-coded compliance labeling which allows auto receiving through the use of bar-code scanners and automated data collection systems.
 
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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INDUSTRY NEWS
6. CDC Issues Updated Ebola Guidance for U.S. Labs
Ebola testing should be conducted only for individuals who meet the criteria for persons under investigation for Ebola Virus Disease, according to updated guidance for clinical laboratories released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “In the hospital setting, where policies and procedures should be in place to safeguard health care workers, consideration of Ebola should not delay diagnostic assessments, laboratory testing and appropriate care for other, more likely medical conditions,” the guidance states. Hospitals should follow state and/or local health department procedures for notifying and consulting about Ebola virus testing requests, and any presumptive positive Ebola test result must be confirmed at the CDC, the agency said. If a hospital chooses to use a commercial Ebola virus test, specimens should also be submitted to a Laboratory Response Network facility or CDC for definitive Ebola virus testing, the guidance states.
 
Source: AHA News Now – February 2, 2015
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7. Private-sector Alliance to Promote Value-based Payment
A new private-sector alliance of healthcare providers, purchasers, payers and others aims to accelerate value-based payment and align private- and public-sector approaches, the group announced on January 28. By 2020, members of the Health Care Transformation Task Force seek to make 75% of their business value- based arrangements that “incentivize and hold providers accountable for the total cost, patient experience and quality of care for a population of patients, either across an entire population over the course of a year or during a defined episode that spans multiple sites of care.” The group plans to make policy recommendations to the private and public sector and on January 28, issued recommendations for improving commercial, Medicare and Medicaid accountable care organizations. Its other initial priorities include developing a common bundled payment framework and improving care for high-cost patients.
Source: AHA News Now – January 29, 2015
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8. AHA Issues Toolkit to Help Hospitals Engage Trustees, Communities in Transformation
A new report from the AHA’s Committee on Research and Committee on Performance Improvement examines the changing healthcare landscape and the role trustees and community leaders can play to help guide hospitals during this time of change. The report provides an overview of engagement strategies and can serve as a leadership checklist for working with both communities and trustees. “For hospitals to maintain this strong linkage with their community and to be most impactful in addressing community health needs, they will need to work much more collaboratively with a wide range of community entities to identify the most critical health needs and challenges faced by the community,” the report notes. “They must also consider the obstacles that exist to achieve good health, unite around shared goals and work collaboratively to implement changes that promote a healthier community... Additionally, boards and hospital leaders must maintain a strong local presence and reflect the individual communities they serve.” The Committee on Research is responsible for the development of the AHA’s research agenda, while the Committee on Performance Improvement provides guidance to support AHA’s performance improvement strategy, including Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence.
 
Source: AHA News Now – January 27, 2015
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FEATURED PRODUCT
9. Have You Read the Current Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Issue?
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is one of the premier benefits and resources of being an AHRMM member. 
 
Check out the current digital editions issue featuring the latest CQO Movement Case Study, article features on the UDI Conference and Adopting Data Standards in Pharmacy.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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