February 10, 2015
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1. Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar!
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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2. Pre-Eligibility Screening of Your Supply Chain Data – March 19
Presented by HFMA 
Co-sponsored by AHRMM and 
Today’s supply chain must provide end-users with actionable information to make the right supply decisions for the financial health of your organization.  This webinar reviews the industry data challenges healthcare organizations must overcome and methods to bring control to the front-end of your procurement process. Learn more about this upcoming webinar.
Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CT (3:00 ET, 1:00 MT, 12:00 pm PT)
Cost:  FREE
CPE: 1.5
Directions on how to register on the HFMA webpage:  Scroll almost to the bottom to the “Pricing” section.  Click “Register” next to AHRMM members: Free. If you do not have a HFMA login or e-mail on file, click here to continue. If you are experiencing issues, contact HFMA’s Member Service Center at (800) 252-4362 Ext. 2.
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3. Have You Been Successful in Fighting HACs in Your Organization?
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.
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4. Assessment of Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment in Acute Care Hospitals‐2012
Once again the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) is in the news as a result of the ongoing Ebola response.  Is your facility affected by the resulting shortages and allocations?  Supply chain faced similar issues during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009-2010 and as a result, AHA and AHRMM worked with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in a collaborative effort to access inventories of respiratory PPE in U.S. acute care hospitals.  The results were released in November 2014 and can be found at http://www.astho.org/Preparedness/Respiratory-PPE-Assessment-Report/.  
Find out how you stacked up against the 1,066 U.S. acute care hospitals who responded.
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5. Term of the Week
Concatenating Device and Production Identifier Concatenation (from Latin concatenare, to link together) is taking two or more separately located things and placing them side-by-side next to each other so that they can now be treated as one thing. The FDA final UDI rule requires that medical devices are labeled with a UDI in both a plain text format and in a format that uses automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology, such as a bar code or radiofrequency ID. The UDI must be placed on the medical device labels and packaging and the UDI must include two parts: both a device identifier and a production identifier. 
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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6. FDA Finalizes Guidance on Medical Device Data Systems
The Food and Drug Administration Friday issued final guidance on medical device data systems. The guidance confirms the agency’s intention not to enforce regulations for technologies that receive, transmit, store or display data from medical devices unless they involve active patient monitoring or require timely response. In addition, the agency updated its guidance for mobile medical apps to be consistent with the MDDS final guidance. The agency will discuss the new guidance, along with draft guidance documents released last month on low-risk products intended for general wellness and medical device accessories, at a Feb. 24 webinar for manufacturers and other interested stakeholders.
Source: AHA News Now – February 9, 2015 
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7. GAO Reports on CMS Efforts to Prepare for ICD- 10
The Government Accountability Office Friday issued a report summarizing actions by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to support the Oct. 1 transition to the ICD-10 coding system for healthcare claims. The findings are based on information collected from CMS and a sample of 28 stakeholder organizations, including the AHA, between July 2014 and January 2015. Among recent activities, the agency has scheduled end-to-end testing with 2,550 covered entities during three weeks in 2015, and plans this summer to issue an updated version of the Medicare-Severity Diagnosis-Related Groups to reflect the final inpatient prospective payment system rule for fiscal year 2016, the report notes. With respect to the impact of ICD-10 on clinical quality measures, CMS also plans to issue updated specifications for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in April, GAO said. The report was requested by leaders of the Senate Finance Committee. Based on the findings, the committee leaders expressed confidence that CMS is adequately preparing for the Oct. 1 deadline.
Source: AHA News Now – February 9, 2015
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8. Physician EHR Attestation Deadline Approaching
Feb. 28 is the last day physicians and other eligible professionals can attest to meaningful use of electronic health records for calendar year 2014 under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. The attestation system is open and includes the 2014 certified EHR technology flexibility rule options. Medicare eligible professionals that did not successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2014 and do not receive a 2016 hardship exception will have payment adjustments applied beginning Jan. 1, 2016. For more information, see CMS’s payment adjustment tipsheet. EPs participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program should check their state’s attestation deadlines. For more information and resources, visit www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – February 6, 2015 
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9. FDA Recommends Providers Continue to Inspect IV Saline Bags
The Food and Drug Administration continues to recommend that healthcare professionals inspect all current and future intravenous saline solution bags to ensure they are not simulated products made by Wallcur LLC for training purposes. On Dec. 30, FDA alerted healthcare professionals not to use Wallcur simulated IV products in human or animal patients after learning that some of the products had been distributed to medical clinics, surgical centers and urgent care facilities and administered to patients. Wallcur recalled the products last month and is working with FDA to revise its labeling and marketing practices to prevent a recurrence, the agency said. According to FDA, more than 40 patients received infusions of the simulated products, some of whom experienced adverse events such as fever, chills, tremors and headache. Healthcare professionals should report any suspected adverse events following use of the products to FDA’s MedWatch program.
Source: AHA News Now – February 3, 2015
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10. AHRMM CQO Movement Case Studies – Member Only Access
AHRMM has worked with several healthcare supply chain teams to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement. Read the case studies to learn how other supply chain professionals work at the intersection of CQO to reduce costs while improving patient care and driving greater financial outcomes for their organizations.  
Only AHRMM members have access to view full case studies.
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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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