AHRMM eNews Weekly Member Update
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1. AHRMM Awareness Brief: Value Based Purchasing
The AHRMM Issues & Legislative Committee released an Awareness Brief providing a high level summary understanding of value based purchasing. The Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program adjusts hospitals’ payments based on their performance in four domains that reflect hospital cost, quality and outcomes.
Download the brief for a high level summary of the value based purchasing program, its four components broken down into additional detail, as well as supplementary information by component provided for the supply chain professional
2. Apply to Be a Candidate for the 2017 Board of Directors
Help shape the future of AHRMM and contribute to our success by submitting an application to become a candidate for this year’s Board of Directors election. Information about the role of the AHRMM board, requirements, and the election calendar can be found on the AHRMM Elections page. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2016.
If you are considering a run for a seat on the AHRMM Board of Directors, please contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org to request a candidate packet.
3. Member Satisfaction Survey– Help AHRMM Reach its Participation Goal by this Friday! 
We’re half way to our participation goal! We want to hear from 1,000 AHRMM members as part of our continuing effort to evaluate and add more value to your membership. Complete your survey on AHRMM programs, services, and member benefits, as well as the healthcare supply chain field at large, to help AHRMM assess the benefits of membership and the service you receive. 
A special invitation to participate 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. The survey should only take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 
The deadline to complete the survey is this Friday, March 4.
Help us reach our participation goal!
Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback! 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.
4. Local AHRMM Chapter News is Now Available 
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
5. Term of the Week 
Myocardial infarction is commonly known as a heart attack, results from the interruption of blood supply to a part of the heart, causing heart cells to die. This is most commonly due to occlusion (blockage) of a coronary artery.
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. HHS Approves Emergency Use of New Zika Diagnostic Test 
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell Friday approved an emergency use authorization for a test that can detect Zika antibodies in the blood from about four days to 12 weeks after infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to distribute the test over two weeks to qualified domestic and international laboratories in its Laboratory Response Network. According to the CDC, false-negative results can occur if the test is performed too early or late for sufficient antibodies to develop or remain in the blood. When positive or inconclusive results occur, the CDC or a CDC-authorized laboratory will perform additional testing to confirm the presence of Zika antibodies. “As with any test, it is important that health care providers consult with their patients about test results and the best approach to monitoring their health,” the agency said. CDC also is distributing a test for active Zika infection to the LRN, said CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D., noting that more than 20 U.S. labs can already perform the test using CDC materials. There are no commercially available Food and Drug Administration-approved tests for Zika virus infection. 
Source: AHA News Now – February 29, 2016
Free AHRMM Webinar Next Week Covering the Zika Virus
Join AHRMM on March 8 for a free webinar discussing the Zika virus and its impact on the US healthcare environment. The origin of the disease as well as new CDC guidelines and recommendations will also be discussed. 
Learn More and Register Today
7. AHA Guide Offers ‘Triple Aim’ Strategies to Improve Behavioral Healthcare
A new report from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative describes strategies, action steps and examples for hospitals, health systems and community stakeholders working to develop a well-coordinated, accessible, affordable and accountable system for delivering behavioral healthcare. Case studies in the guide provide examples of how hospitals and health systems, working with community partners, can improve the quality and access to behavioral health care, while bending the cost curve and improving community health.
Source: AHA News Now – February 29, 2016
8. CDC Issues Update on Zika Virus Infection Among U.S. Pregnant Travelers
On February 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued reports on Zika virus infection among U.S. pregnant travelers, and transmission of Zika virus through sexual contact with travelers to areas of ongoing transmission. Based on tests performed at CDC as of Feb. 17, only nine pregnant women who reported clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease had laboratory evidence of a recent Zika virus infection, the agency said. Additional testing performed as of Feb. 24 identified no confirmed cases among 162 pregnant women without reported symptoms. CDC also announced a registry to collect information on U.S. pregnant women with confirmed Zika virus infection and their infants, and encouraged healthcare providers to discuss participation in the registry with pregnant women who have Zika infection. 
For more on the Zika virus, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.

Source: AHA News Now – February 26, 2016
9. HITRUST Issues Guide to Implementing NIST Cybersecurity Framework in Healthcare
On February 25, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) released a new guide to help healthcare organizations use its risk management framework to implement the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s framework for reducing cybersecurity risks to critical infrastructure. The document was developed in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council and Government Coordinating Council, with input from the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community and others. According to HITRUST, their “mutual goal was to help organizations assess and improve their level of cyber resiliency, and provide suggestions on how to link cybersecurity with current information security and privacy risk management activities in the HPH Sector.” The guide also is available at www.aha.org/cybersecurity.
Source: AHA News Now – February 25, 2016
10. Survey on Veteran Hiring – Share Your Experience and Learn More
According to the Department of Defense, over 8,000 enlisted service members who served in a military healthcare support capacity separated from active military service in 2014. This includes just over 4,000 medics and hospital corpsmen with the remainder having served in other military healthcare support occupations, including medical laboratory technician, surgical technologist, pharmacy technologist, and medical assistant.
Many employers – perhaps yours – are seeking information on and resources to assist in hiring veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members successfully.  The AHA is partnering with Center for America (CFA), a nonprofit, to conduct a national survey to identify the specific challenges that employers in different industries and locations face in recruiting, hiring, and retaining military veteran candidates.  
CFA will use the survey data to develop free, tailored resources that will be made available online.  
Please take 10 minutes to complete this online questionnaire – anonymously if you wish – within the next two weeks.  

Start the Survey
Please use A667 as the special code within the survey when prompted.  The more participants, the better the results will be and the better resources CFA will be able to create for employers.
The AHA is proud to support hiring military veterans.  For more information and resources the AHA has developed, please visit www.aha.org/hiringveterans
11. AHRMM Members Receive $100 off UDI Conference Registration
AHRMM members are invited to attend the UDI (Unique Device Identification) Conference, April 18-19 in Baltimore. This annual industry gathering for medical device manufacturers, distributors, and hospitals to learn about the FDA UDI Regulation and the Global UDI Database (GUDID).  UDI Conference 2016
AHRMM will once again partner with the UDI Conference and will be hosting the Realizing the Value of UDI track.
AHRMM is pleased to be able to provide members the ability to interact directly with the FDA UDI team, investigate UDI technology in the exhibit hall, plan migration paths, and network with peers in the healthcare field all in one place, at one time.
AHRMM Members Get $100 Discount
AHRMM members receive $100 off of the registration rate! Use the discount code AHRMM in the discount field while registering. Team registrations are encouraged. If two or more from the same company are planning to attend, contact nicole@clariongroupinc.com to get a discount code.
Register today! 
For additional conference details and the most up-to-date information, click here
For information on the FDA UDI Rule & GUDID Guidance, visit www.FDA.gov/UDI.
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