February 16, 2016
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1. We Want to Hear from You! 2016 AHRMM Member Satisfaction Survey
As part of AHRMM’s continuing effort to evaluate and add more value to membership, members are asked to complete a survey about AHRMM programs, services, and member benefits as well as the healthcare supply chain field at large. Your feedback is important in helping AHRMM assess the benefits of membership and the service you receive. 
Your invitation to participate in the survey was sent via email on Thursday, February 11.  If you did not receive the email, or would like it to be resent please contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org. Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback!
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey is March 4. If you have any questions, please call AHRMM at 312-422-3840 or email ahrmm@aha.org.
The 2016 AHRMM Member Satisfaction Survey is an online survey conducted by Perception Solutions, an independent research firm. All survey responses are anonymous and confidential. Survey results will be reported to AHRMM in aggregate form
2. Using Data to Increase Clinicians’ Product Cost Awareness – March 2
From Invisibility to Transparency: Cultivating OR Cost Awareness
Join AHRMM for the upcoming webinar on March 2! The Massachusetts General Hospital leadership team will share how they used data capture to assess supply use and how they changed the culture in their hospital to be more cost aware. They will also examine the hurdles they encountered and how they addressed each along the way so you, too, can instill a financial mindfulness in your facility.
Learn More and Register Today!
3. Spread Innovation Across the Healthcare Field – Submit a Leading Practice
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.
Submit Leading Practice
Visit www.ahrmm.org/share-practices for more information including requirements and helpful documents for submission. 
4. Term of the Week
Precision Medicine Initiative: is one of the most promising and exciting fields of medical research. Precision medicine, also known as "personalized medicine," is about the knowledge we've gained by sequencing the human genome. It's the effort to turn that knowledge into better, more effective medicines. The approach is built largely on science's improved understanding of genetics. The thinking, roughly, is that doctors will be able to look to patients' genes to see whether they're at increased risk for certain conditions-meaning doctors could try to prevent those diseases from developing, or be on the lookout to treat them early if they do develop and by better understanding each patient's individual illness, doctors can better tailor the right dose of the right medicine, at the right time.
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!
5. CMS: 4th Quarter 2015 Hospital Quality Reporting Delayed Until March
Hospitals will not be able to submit fourth-quarter 2015 data to the hospital inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs until early to mid-March because the Health Care Quality Information System Data Center is being relocated, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. “Although the [hospital quality reporting] programs will ultimately benefit from this change, the relocation will result in a delay in the anticipated CMS system release applicable to fourth-quarter 2015 discharges/encounters (including sepsis data and ICD-10 codes),” the agency said. Future updates on the system’s availability will be posted at www.qualitynet.org. CMS does not expect the relocation to affect access to the system for the February and May data submission deadlines.
Source: AHA News Now – February 12, 2016
6. CMS Issues Final Rule for Reporting, Repaying Medicare Overpayments
On February 11, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule implementing Section 6402(a) of the Affordable Care Act, which creates a reporting and repayment obligation for providers and suppliers who receive a Medicare overpayment. The final rule requires providers and suppliers to report and return any overpayments they identify within six years of receipt, down from a 10-year look back period in the proposed rule. “We welcome the federal government’s reversal of its proposed 10-year look back period,” said AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels. “It would have created an extraordinary burden on hospitals, and was premised on a flawed application of the False Claims Act to payment policy.” Once identified, overpayments must be reported and returned within 60 days or by the due date for any corresponding cost report. According to the final rule, “a person has identified an overpayment when the person has or should have, through the exercise of reasonable diligence, determined that the person has received an overpayment and quantified the amount of the overpayment.” AHA staff continue to evaluate the details of the final rule and will get additional analysis to members soon. The association commented on the proposed rule in 2012.
Source: AHA News Now – February 11, 2016
7. FDA Medical Recalls
Cook Medical Issues Global Recall of Select Lots of Central Venous Catheters and Pressure Monitoring Sets and Trays
On January 6, 2016, Cook Medical initiated a voluntary recall of 360 specific lots of Single Lumen Central Venous Catheters and Pressure Monitoring Sets and Trays due to catheter tip fracture and/or separation. Globally, 17,827 devices are subject to this recall. The recalled products are specific versions and lot numbers of the Single Lumen Central Venous Catheter Sets and Trays, Single Lumen Pressure Monitoring Sets, Femoral Artery Pressure Monitoring Catheter Sets and Trays, and Radial Artery Pressure Monitoring Catheter Sets and Trays.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration – February 12, 2016
FDA Class I Recall: Oxylog 2000 Plus, 3000, and 3000 Plus Emergency Transport Ventilators by Dräger Medical
Dräger is recalling the Oxylog Emergency Transport Ventilators because an electrical issue may cause the device to stop working if the control knobs (adjustment potentiometers) are not regularly used. See the Recall Notice for affected devices and catalog numbers.
Dräger sent a letter to all customers with affected devices on December 21, 2015, informing them of this issue. The letter provides the following instructions to release the electrical contact resistance in the control knobs: Turn the device off; Rotate all control knobs at least 10 times to the left and right stop (minimum and maximum value).
Source: HPN Daily Update – February 11, 2016
8. Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is one of the many benefits of being an AHRMM member. 
Read the current January/February issue focusing on professional development and find new ways to build your career in 2016.
Article Highlight: The Art of the Sale
Appealing to Leadership and Stating your Case in Healthcare Supply Chain 
By AHRMM Immediate Past Chair, Brent Petty, CMRP
The Art of the Sale - SCSS Article Relationship development and collaboration is the foundational pillar to any possible success our hospitals will reap in this still unknown and somewhat unpredictable time in healthcare.

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