February 24, 2015
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1. Your Chance to Learn How to Achieved Results from an Implemented Approach to PPI
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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2. Complimentary UDI Implementation Workshops for Healthcare Professionals
GS1 US, AHRMM, the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) and the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) will hold complimentary training sessions to guide healthcare professionals through GS1 Standards implementation to address the requirements of the new U.S. FDA unique device identifier (UDI) regulation.  
The first Virtual Implementation Workshops is on March 18 with additional dates available. 
The virtual workshops will cover the following:
  • The use of Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), GS1 barcodes and their UDI application.
  • How to submit information about uniquely identified devices to the GUDID, and how GS1's Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) can be used to publish master data information
  • Structuring a GLN, creating GLN hierarchies and how to get started using GLNs with their trading partners. 
Healthcare provider and medical device supplier master data managers, e-business managers, those managing and sharing medical device product master data, and other healthcare supply chain professionals with front-line responsibility for implementing UDI and GLNs within their organizations. 
For more information about these workshops and to register, please visit www.gs1us.org/hcws2015.
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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. 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
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5. Term of the Week
Case Cart A methodology utilized jointly by materials management, central distribution/processing, and the operating room to stage and deliver all supplies and instruments needed for a surgical procedure to the operating room. The physical cart and process has multiple variations, however, the intent is the same; consolidation of multiple activities and items to a single point of use activity.
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. GE Healthcare Update on FDA Class 1 Recall MRI System
On February 19, The Food and Drug Administration announced a Class I recall of all GE Healthcare Magnetic Resonance Imaging systems with superconducting magnets. 
In connection to this FDA recall notice regarding MRI devices, GE Healthcare would like to clarify:
  • This U.S. FDA notice was not related to any manufacturing defect or product-related error. It was a case of human error on site, and is in response to a single safety incident in India. GE Healthcare wanted to ensure this human error was not occurring at other sites globally.
  • The action instructs MRI customers to perform a five minute check to ensure no one on site post-installation has disconnected the magnetic rundown unit (MRU), which is effectively an "emergency off switch" for the magnet. It is a common industry practice to have an "emergency off switch" for the magnet, which should be checked regularly. GE Healthcare already recommends that this check be done weekly.
  • Once the five minute check is confirmed, MRI operations can continue as normal.
  • Maintaining a high level of safety and quality is a priority for GE Healthcare.
The recall covers 25 different MRIs, including those under the Signa, Discovery and Optima brands, and affects 12,968 installed systems (5,708 of which are located in the U.S.). Visit GE for the release.
From the FDA: At certain sites, the MRU may not be connected to the magnet. In emergency situations, a disconnected MRU could delay removal of a ferrous object from the magnet, potentially resulting in life-threatening injuries. The MRU must be connected to the magnet at all times. They attribute the problem to employee error in training.
Customers were instructed to do the following: As a preventative measure, confirm that MRU is connected to the magnet by performing the following four step test on the MRU. If the MRU test does not perform as described in each of the 4 steps above, GEHC strongly recommends that you stop using the system, and immediately call your GEHC representative. Visit FDA for the recall notice.
Source: HPN Daily Update – February 24, 2015
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7. ASPR Releases New National Health Security Strategy
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently announced the release of the National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan (NHSS/IP) 2015-2018 which informs priorities, activities, and resources over the next four years to protect people’s health before, during, and after incidents with health consequences. The strategy provides a call to action for community organizations, academic, businesses, as well as local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, to improve health security.  
The NHSS contains five strategic objectives in which federal agencies will focus resources and programs and recommends that non-government organizations, businesses, and state and local agencies do the same between 2015 and 2018. 
These strategic objectives are:
  1. Build and sustain healthy, resilient communities. 
  2. Enhance the national capability to produce and effectively use both medical countermeasures and non-pharmaceutical interventions.   
  3. Ensure comprehensive health situational awareness to support decision-making before incidents and during response and recovery operations.    
  4. Enhance the integration and effectiveness of the public health, healthcare, and emergency management systems. 
  5. Strengthen global health security.
In addition, ASPR released the National Health Security Review (NHSR) 2010-2014, which describes progress that the nation has made—along with its persistent challenges—in strengthening national health security over the past four years. 
For more information and to obtain a copy of the NHSS/IP 2015-2018 and NHSR 2010-2014, visit www.phe.gov/nhss or email NHSS@hhs.gov
Source: HHS/ASPR– February 20, 2015
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8. CMS Issues Final Rule on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016
On February 20, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule establishing the 2016 benefit and payment parameters standards for health insurance issuers and the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. The final rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk adjustment, reinsurance and risk corridors programs; cost-sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for federally-facilitated exchanges. It also includes provisions related to eligibility, enrollment, essential health benefits, qualified health plans, provider network adequacy, minimum essential coverage, quality improvement strategies and other areas. In addition, the rule finalizes the annual open enrollment period for 2016 to begin on Nov. 1, 2015 and run through Jan. 31, 2016. AHA submitted comments on the proposed rule. For more information on the final rule, see the CMS factsheet.
Source: AHA News Now – February 20, 2015
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9. FDA Issues Reprocessing Safety Recommendations for Reusable Duodenoscopes
Last week the Food and Drug Administration issued safety recommendations to prevent possible microbial infections from reprocessed reusable duodenoscopes – flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth into the small intestine to drain fluids from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts. According to the advisory, the agency has received in the past two years 75 reports encompassing about 135 patients involving possible microbial transmission from reprocessed duodenoscopes, including multidrug-resistant bacterial infections caused by Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae. To minimize the risk of infection, FDA recommends that facilities and staff reprocessing duodenoscopes closely follow all manufacturer instructions for cleaning and processing the devices; specific reprocessing instructions in the manufacturer’s labeling for each device; and guidelines and practices for general endoscope reprocessing established by the infection control community and endoscopy professionals. Among other actions, FDA recommends that providers implement a comprehensive quality control program for reprocessing duodenoscopes; inform patients of the benefits and risks associated with such procedures; and report any suspected infections associated with reprocessing the devices to the manufacturer and FDA.
Source: AHA News Now – February 19, 2015
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10. CDC Posts New Ebola Preparedness Training for ED Personnel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted four online training videos developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine to help emergency department personnel identify, triage and briefly manage patients who might have Ebola. The training is based on CDC’s recommended three-step strategy – identify, isolate and inform – for managing possible Ebola cases, but can help prepare ED staff for patients with any highly infectious disease, the authors said. The course was produced by the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in collaboration with others. For additional Ebola preparedness resources for hospitals, visit www.aha.org/ebola.
Source: AHA News Now – February 17, 2015
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11. Attention Overseas Members: Registration Discount for AHRMM Members - Healthcare Supply Chain Strategies Meeting
You are invited to the Healthcare Supply Chain Strategies meeting, hosted by Informa, in Dubai April 19-22. 
Healthcare Supply Chain Strategies 2015 in Dubai is the ultimate gathering of the leading healthcare regulators, providers, operators, distributors and manufacturers in the Middle East to network, collaborate and develop their supply chain capabilities to improve patient outcomes.   AHRMM members receive a special discount on registration.  To receive discount, email Ken Mukasa at Kenneth.mukasa@informa.com.
Top Reasons to Attend:
  • Increase your operational efficiency by benchmarking your SCM model with leading hospitals
  • Secure clinical buy-in for PPI standardization to cut costs and optimize your supply chain
  • Reduce lead times and avoid critical stock-outs to improve patient outcomes
  • Increase end to end supply chain visibility by collaborating with regulators, hospitals, distributors and manufacturers to develop an integrated supply chain network
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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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