February 9, 2016
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1. AHRMM Awareness Brief: Draft Guidance for UDI Convenience Kits

The AHRMM Issues & Legislative committee released an Awareness Brief providing a quick reference to the Draft Guidance for UDI Convenience Kits, released by the FDA in January 2016.  The draft guidance defines the term “convenience kit” for purposes of compliance with UDI labeling and data submission requirements only. The FDA is accepting comments on the draft guidance here.
2. New AHRMM Podcasts Released - UDI 101 and Meaningful Use 3 Rule
AHRMM Podcasts are a free and quick resource for individuals interested in hearing more on relevant healthcare supply chain topics. Two more podcasts are now available and AHRMM will continue to launch additional podcasts throughout 2016.
The Meaningful Use 3 Rule
A short introduction to the CMS Meaningful Use 3 Rule and how implementing UDI within the healthcare setting and moving toward the full GS1 will reduce costs and improve inventory management while providing accurate data reporting and complete patient EHR information.
Presenter: Karen Conway, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC
UDI 101
As UDI capture and exchange becomes more prevalent across the healthcare ecosystem and as implantable device information is linked to patient outcomes there are a number of expected benefits to look at. Find out how UDI will improve patients safety and supply chain purchasing for years to come. 
Presenter: Terrie Reed, FDA Senior Advisor
Visit http://learning.ahrmm.org/podcasts to access all AHRMM podcasts.
3. Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture and Symposium at Arizona State University
Improving Health Care Performance 
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.
4. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in January 2016:
  • Jon Alexander, Navarre, FL
  • Christopher Armstrong, Phoenix, AZ
  • Kristi Biltz, Springboro, OH
  • Brandon Bone, Chandler, AZ
  • Marsha Doldron-Bryan, Riverview, FL
  • Matthew Dyche, Meridian, ID
  • Brian Graham, Perry, GA
  • Clinton Hazziez, Boca Raton, FL
  • Jeffrey Killeen, York, ME
  • Matt Krauchunas, Joint Base Charleston, SC
  • Lisa Lloyd, Manning, SC
  • Michael Loreaux, Florissant, MO
  • Jeff Morganflash, Anchorage, AK
  • Pawel Nowacki, Frederick, MD
  • Jose Pluguez Jr., CPSM, Bakersfield, CA
  • Deborah Roy, St. Pete Beach, FL
  • Michael Smith, Chandler, AZ
  • Michael Stoffel, Mays Landing, NJ
  • Penny Waltke, Sturgis, MI
  • Marc Westerman, Atlanta, GA
5. Term of the Week

BioSimilars:  also known as follow-on biologics, are biologic medical products whose active drug substance is made by a living organism or derived from a living organism by means of recombinant DNA or controlled gene expression methods. Biosimilars are terms used to describe officially approved subsequent versions of innovator biopharmaceutical products made by a different sponsor following patent and exclusivity expiry on the innovator product. 
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. Administration to Ask Congress for $1.8 Billion to Address Zika Virus

The administration will ask Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to prepare for and respond to Zika virus here and abroad, the White House announced yesterday. The total includes $1.48 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, $335 million for the U.S. Agency for International Development and $41 million for the Department of State. The National Institutes of Health announced its Zika research priorities related to pregnancy, reproduction and the developing fetus. At least 35 travel-associated cases of Zika virus have been detected in 11 states and the District of Columbia since 2015. Another 10 cases have been reported in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all but one of them locally acquired. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.
Source: AHA News Now – February 8, 2016
7. Hospitals Cannot Address the Drug Shortage Issue Alone - AHA Letter to Editor
While drug shortages are declining, too many lifesaving drugs and treatments remain scarce as a consequence of the larger issue of healthcare supply-chain shortages, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack writes in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, which recently published a story on the issue. “The issue of drug shortages is complex, with many causes ranging from manufacturing quality and compliance problems, raw material sourcing, and drug company consolidation and business decisions that result in the discontinuation of critical drugs. While there is no single solution to end drug shortages, there are many potential solutions that merit further evaluation.”
Source: AHA News Now – February 8, 2016
8. CDC Issues Ebola Planning Guidance for Interfacility Transport
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance to help emergency medical systems, public health departments and healthcare coalitions develop plans for transporting patients with confirmed or suspected Ebola between facilities. The guidance can be used to develop transport networks and plans; standard operating procedures; EMS procedures and protocols; and training for EMS and health care personnel, CDC said. The appendices include standard operating procedures for patient handoff, ambulance decontamination, and air to ground patient handoff.
Source: AHA News Now – February 3, 2016
9. USP Publishes Standard for Hazardous Drug Handling in Healthcare Settings
On February 1, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention published a standard for hazardous drug handling in healthcare settings. Effective July 1, 2018, the standard will apply to hospitals and other health care facilities that handle drugs identified as hazardous or potentially hazardous by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and HealthFor more on the standard, see the USP FAQ.
Source: AHA News Now – February 2, 2016
10. Learn Ways to Optimize Your Purchased Services Spend

Free white paper sponsored by Vizient
Today, most hospitals are spending more on purchased services than they need to. In fact, purchased services are ripe with financial savings possibilities — yet these areas are largely unexplored in many healthcare organizations. Why? As with many complex challenges, one major factor is knowing where to begin. Which purchased services categories should be the priority? What's the best strategy? What role does data play? Is expert advice available? 
Vizient's new white paper and webinar address three primary steps to achieving savings in purchased services, and identify the top 10 spend categories that typically provide the highest return. In addition, they will demonstrate one hospital's purchased services savings successes and provide actionable tips to help you begin improving.

Register for Access
(Free registration required to access the white paper and attend a webinar.) 
For more information, email Vizient at SupplyChain@Vizientinc.com.
11. Comparison Report of the Compensation Survey

Download the AHRMM’s comparison report of the compensation surveys collected in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Designed specifically for the healthcare supply chain, the comparison report will help you measure, identify, and compare current trends and demographics to better determine your fair market value.
The Compensation Survey Report is free for AHRMM members.
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