March 3, 2015
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1. AHRMM15 Early Bird Registration is Now Open – Scholarships Available

Registration for AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition , August 9-12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana, is now open!  Be sure to register by May 15 to get the best rates. Attend AHRMM15 to connect with more than 1,000 fellow healthcare supply chain professionals and explore the latest tools, methods, and strategies for driving clinical value, implementing innovation, and delivering operational efficiency.
AHRMM15 is a three-day field-defining event designed to turn CQO ideas into practical solutions and strategies. With more than 60 learning labs, panels, and roundtable discussions led by industry experts, this year's conference will cover specific issues faced by supply chain professionals daily, from increased supply costs and supplier/provider relationship to inventory management and best ways to manage the intersection of CQO.
In addition, the award-winning AHRMM15 Exhibition will showcase the latest products, platforms, and services helping to drive healthcare innovation and cost reduction forward.
Early Bird $200 discount expires May 15!
Don't let financial constraints keep you from attending AHRMM15!
  • AHRMM members can apply for AHRMM15 Scholarships sponsored by the exhibiting companies. Applications must be received by AHRMM no later than April 3, 2015.  Review the application for the full list or requirements and considerations.
  • Use the Justification Toolkit to help you make your case and secure funding.
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2. CMRP Exam Scholarship Available Through March 13
AHRMM is offering scholarships for the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential.  Scholarships are available for AHRMM members to defer the cost of the CMRP exam fee, or renewal fee. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship between March 3, 2015, and March 13, 2015, will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee. This is a limited-time, exclusive offer only available to active AHRMM members who meet the CMRP eligibility requirements.
  • ALL Applicants must be active AHRMM members in good standing with the Association.
  • Applicants may not have received a CMRP Scholarship in the past 3 years (since 3/1/2012).
  • Applicants may not have received any other AHRMM scholarships within the last year, including the AHRMM14 scholarship.
  • Applicants for the exam scholarship must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the CMRP Candidate Handbook.
  • Applicants for the renewal scholarship must meet the requirements outlined in the CMRP Renewal Application. If you are taking the exam in order to renew your CMRP, you must apply for the CMRP Exam Scholarship.
Required Documents:
For more information on the CMRP credential, please visit the AHA Certification Center. CMRP exam preparation materials and resources are available on the AHRMM's CMRP Certification page.
Important Notes for all Applications:
This offer does not apply to any existing exam applications or to members who have recently become certified (or re-certified). Exam applications already submitted to AMP are not eligible for this scholarship.
Successful scholarship applicants will receive a voucher for the exam fee. Recipients must submit this voucher with the CMRP exam application to AMP before the voucher expires.
Questions about your scholarship? Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840.
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3. Your Chance to Learn How to Achieved Results from an Implemented Approach to PPI
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.
Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CST (1:00 pm EST, 10:00 am PST)
Cost: $79 (AHRMM Members), $129 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
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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 and register today.
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. 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.
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6. Term of the Week
Carousel Storage Device, Carousels are an alternative technology for storage and retrieval of items in a series of motorized bins. There are two primary types of carousels (horizontal and vertical) which operates under computer directed control. Utilized in Central Warehouses and Service Centers to provide ease of picking for specific departmental or nursing unit orders.
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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7. Six Future Famers Saluted by Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership for Inaugural Class
Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, recognized six professionals for their contributions to supply chain operational excellence so early in their respective careers.
Joining the inaugural Future Famers Class of 2015 are six individuals who have made great strides in the healthcare supply chain during the first decade of their employment:
  • William Barrette, Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain Finance & Strategy, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans
  • Justin Freed, Director, Supply Chain Management, Loma Linda (CA) Medical Center
  • Jason Hays, Regional Director, Supply Chain, Mercy Health, St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, OH
  • Nathaniel Mickish, Senior Director, Non-acute Supply Chain, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, TX
  • Eric Tritch, Director, Strategic Sourcing, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Donna VanVlerah, Vice President, Supply Chain, Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, IN
"We developed the Future Famers recognition program so that those professionals new to a career in healthcare supply chain could be highlighted for innovations they are implementing as well as those achieving success with large scale, complex projects within their organizations," said Mary Starr, Bellwether League Inc. Treasurer and Marketing Committee Chair. "We believe that this recognition will not only inspire other young professionals in the field, but also provide a way to communicate new processes being used in provider organizations."
Bellwether League Inc. announced the new "Future Famers" recognition program at its 7th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner event last October.
"The Future Famers recognition award is Bellwether League's way of acknowledging individuals early in their career who have made significant strides to improve their organizations, themselves or even their profession," said John Gaida, Chairman, Bellwether League Inc.
Board of Directors. "Our job at BLI is to shine a light on supply chain achievement - the Bellwether who has done so much over his or her career to advance the profession, and now the Future Famer who has huge potential to someday become a Bellwether. We on the Board of BLI feel this complementary recognition fits nicely with our mission. We are proud of this new Future Famers Class of 2015 and encourage many more applicants to come forward in the years ahead."  
Source: Bellwether League Inc. – March 2, 2015
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8. CMS Launches Network to Facilitate Value-based Payment Models
On February 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to provide a forum for public-private partnerships to help the U.S. healthcare payment system meet or exceed recently established Medicare goals for value-based payments and alternative payment models. Healthcare payers, providers, employers, purchasers, state partners, consumer groups and others are invited to join the network by registering online. Stakeholders participating in the network will be asked to set organization-specific goals for alternative payment models, and participate in reporting of progress toward national alternative payment model goals. The network will be supported by an independent contractor that will act as a convener and facilitator, and synthesize and document best practices across a variety of topic areas. A Guiding Committee will be created to prioritize discussion topics and make recommendations to the contractor.
Source: AHA News Now– February 27, 2015
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9. CMS: First End-to-End Testing of ICD-10 Successful Overall
The healthcare community will be ready for ICD-10 on October 1, according to recent results from end-to-end testing, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced in a blog post last week. About 660 healthcare providers and billing companies submitted nearly 15,000 test claims. “Overall, participants in the January 26 to February 3 testing were able to successfully submit ICD-10 claims and have them processed through our billing systems,” the agency said. “To the extent that some claims were rejected, most didn’t meet the mark because of errors unrelated to ICD-9 or ICD-10.” The testing was the first of three end-to-end testing weeks scheduled before October 1, when healthcare providers and others must begin including ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on Medicare and other healthcare claims. “CMS is ready for ICD-10,” Tavenner said. “And, thanks to our many partners – spanning providers, health plans, coders, clearinghouses, professional associations and vendor groups – the health care community at large will be ready for ICD-10 on Oct. 1.” For more on the transition to ICD-10, visit www.aha.org or www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – February 25, 2015
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10. Strengthening Patient Care: Building an Effective National Medical Surveillance System - New Brookings Report
The Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) at FDA put forth an action plan to strengthen the nation’s postmarket surveillance systems for medical devices in 2012.  This report represents the Planning Board’s long-term vison for National Device Postmarket Surveeilance System (MDS) and recommended strategies for implementation.  
Source: The Brookings Institution – February 23, 2015
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11. Medical Recalls
Heartware International Recalls Certain Older Heartware Clinical Trial Controllers
HeartWare International, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTWR), is issuing a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Recall in the United States related to older HeartWare Ventricular Assist System Controllers, which were distributed in the U.S. during the clinical trial period prior to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2012. HeartWare has commenced this field action in other countries in recent weeks.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – February 28, 2015
Sagent Pharmaceuticals Initiates a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 50mg/5mL and 100mg/10mL due to FDA Observations Pertaining toAseptic and GMP Practices at the Manufacturer’s Site Potentially Impacting Product Sterility
Schaumburg, IL,Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the voluntary nationwide recall of two lots of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 50mg/5mL single-dose vials (NDC 25021-659-05) and four lots of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 100mg/10mL multi-dose vials (NDC 25021-672-10) manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and distributed by Sagent. Sagent has initiated this voluntary recall of Atracurium Besylate Injection, USP, 50mg/5mL and 100mg/10mL to the user level due to FDA observations pertaining to aseptic and GMP practices at the manufacturer’s site potentially impacting product sterility. Non-sterility of a drug administered via the intravenous route has the potential to result in infections, which could be fatal, especially in patients who are immunocompromised.
Source: T he U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – February 25, 2015
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12. The March/April Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Digital Editions is Now Available
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is one of the premier benefits and resources of being an AHRMM member. Published six times a year, this publication provides up-to-date information on the latest healthcare supply chain trends, best practices, case studies, and Association activities.  
Check out the latest March/April issue online.  Not receiving your bi-monthly Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine in the mail?  Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840 and confirm your primary mailing address.
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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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