February 17, 2015
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1. 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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2. Drug Shortages Discussed in On-Demand Recording - Free How To Guide Now Available
This on-demand recording provides an overview of the reasons for drug shortages, recent advocacy efforts to ameliorate the situation, and action steps organizations can take to minimize the impact of drug shortages on patient care. Specific drug shortage examples such as the IV fluids shortage are discussed.
Learn more about this on-demand recording and access the IV Strategies for Disruptions How to Guide.
Tracks: Cost Management, Logistics, Procurement
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
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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. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs 
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in January 2015:
  • Corey Au, Honolulu, HI
  • Jay Bass, Grapevine, TX
  • Corazon Batacan Auburn, WA
  • Shannon Bellow, Irving, TX
  • David Bobzien, Willmar, MN
  • Vincent Curoso, Fremont, CA
  • Lisa Cutting, Concord, NH
  • Nicholas Esperti, Center Barnstead, NH
  • William Howard, Tamarac, FL
  • Monica Jeffries, Bakersfield, CA
  • Bruce Kizzier, Lincoln, NE
  • Kristye Langford, Fulshear,TX
  • Dana Lombardo, Edmond, OK
  • Ducminh Mai, Irving, TX
  • Skip Mellinger, Parker, CO
  • Judy Myers, Minot, ND
  • Kaitlin Pevear, Concord, NH
  • Mike Starnes, Knoxville, TN
  • James Steele, Richland Hills,TX
  • Raul Tosado, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Robert Tumpane, Aurora, IL
  • Daniel Warren, Wilmington, MA
  • Angela Weich, Prosper,TX
  • Mario Zamarripa, Phoenix, AZ
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5. Term of the Week
Business Performance Measurement A process that uses goals and metrics to monitor performance. Analysis of these measurements can assist in periodically setting goals, and then providing feedback on progress towards those goals. A specific measure can be compared to itself over time, compared with a preset target or evaluated along with other measures.
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. A New Guide to Help Hospitals Track Medical Devices Using Unique Device Identification
The Premier Research Institute, a nonprofit research arm of Premier, Inc., recently released a step-by-step guide for hospitals looking to adopt a new identifying system into electronic databases that purchase and track medical devices. 
The UDI Implementation Guide—funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts—was developed with input from leading healthcare organizations already using UDI, including Geisinger Health System, Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic.
The guide outlines strategies for incorporating UDI into materials management systems to help hospitals track purchases, reorder devices, simplify procurement and find recalled products. The guide also examines key ways to integrate UDI into clinical suite software—such as the systems used in operating rooms or cardiac catheterization laboratories—and electronic health records so that physicians know what products are implanted in their patients to better inform clinical decisions.
If you have any questions please contact either Cheryl Fahlman (Premier Research Institute) or medicaldevices@pewtrusts.org.
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts– February 11, 2015
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7. Updates to Tubing and Luer Misconnections: Preventing Dangerous Medical Errors 
Patients in healthcare settings receive food, medication, and other therapies through a variety of tubes and catheters. These delivery systems are often connected to one another by small-bore connectors (e.g. Luer connectors).
Because these connectors are compatible between different delivery systems, patient injuries and deaths have occurred when medicines, liquid feeding formulas, or air were accidentally delivered through the wrong tubing. These errors are sometimes called tubing misconnections, wrong route errors, catheter misconnections or Luer misconnections.
The FDA continues to work with industry and the standards community to promote the development of connectors that reduce the risk of misconnections.
On February 11, 2015, the FDA published final guidance for small-bore connectors used in enteral applications. The agency has also recognized standards for small-bore connectors.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), CDRHNew – February 11, 2015
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8. Medical Recalls
Class I Recall: Trellis 6 and Trellis 8 Peripheral Infusion Systems by Covidien  
A manufacturing error caused the balloon inflation ports to be mislabeled. This may cause the physician using the device to deflate the balloons in the incorrect order. If this happens, there is a potential for blood clots to dislodge and move into the lungs. See the FDA Class I Recall Notice for a complete list of affected model and lot numbers.
Depending upon the size of these clots, there is the possibility of serious patient injury or death. The Trellis 6 and Trellis 8 Peripheral Infusion systems are used to treat blood clots that may form in the veins or arteries of the arms, hands, legs, or feet.  
The systems have two balloons that are inflated to isolate a clot. Medication is released between the balloons to reduce the size of or dissolve the clot so it can be removed.  
Customers should discontinue the use of the Trellis 6 and 8 infusion systems and return it to Covidien.
Source: HPN Daily Update – February 13, 2015

Hospira Issues a Voluntary Global Recall of Multiple Lots of Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection Due to Potential Particulate in Glass Vials
Hospira, Inc., (NYSE: HSP) has announced a voluntary recall of ketorolac tromethamine injection, USP in the United States and Singapore due to potential particulate. The presence of particulate has been confirmed through a customer report of visible, floating particulate identified in glass fliptop vials.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest Bulletin – February 12, 2015
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9. Free Webinar for AHRMM Members – 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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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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