March 24, 2015
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1. See What's New at AHRMM15 – Register before May 15 to Save $200
AHRMM15 is heading to Indianapolis, Indiana, August 9-12, for four days of conference sessions full of practical and innovative ideas and abundant networking opportunities. This year's conference will feature four new tracks covering key healthcare supply chain topics:
  • Clinical Resource Management/Value Analysis            
  • Procure to Pay
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Technology, Informatics
Register by May 15 and save up to $200 with the Early Bird rates!
AHRMM15 offers more than  50 learning labs - a total of 60 professional education hours, accounting for up to  20.5 Continuing Professional Education contact hours, which can be applied toward a CMRP Certification. 
All Conference Tracks General Sessions
AHRMM15 educational tracks are developed to deliver content that is of most interest to the attendees. Learning Lab sessions will be presented at Executive, Director, Manager level. Hear from industry leaders and visionaries as they share experiences and strategies on how to succeed in the new healthcare delivery system and improve your professional performance through new connections and humor.
Pre-Conference Workshops Exhibition
Half-day workshops give a nuts and bolts view into key healthcare supply chain topics — clinical value analysis, purchasing, distribution, technology solutions, finance, strategic planning, and more. Plan now to meet with representatives from the exhibiting companies to find out about the latest products and services and how they can help you and your healthcare organization.
Want to attend AHRMM15 but need help making the case with your manager? Here are some resources that can help:
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2. Opportunity to Present Leading Practices on Reducing HAIs at AHRMM15
Support and guide supply chain professionals by sharing your knowledge and success in fighting hospital-acquired conditions (HACs)!
AHRMM is continuing to build the CQO Leading Practice Repository with the newest call for submissions. This latest call for leading practices will be for initiatives that directly or indirectly reduce HACs across any category.  Direct initiatives would be those specifically focused on a hospital-acquired condition, while an indirect initiative example would be increasing hand hygiene compliance leading to a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions.   View the list of 11 HAC categories outlined by CMS.
Submission deadline is April 30, 2015
Looking for guidance on what constitutes a Leading Practice or how to submit?  Contact AHRMM and we’ll help you through the process!  Email ahrmm@aha.org&nb sp;or call (312) 422-3840 for assistance. 
Benefits of Sharing Your Knowledge
  • Materials may reflect the branding (logo and identifying information) of the originator.
  • Selected materials will be shared with the public via AHRMM's website in the Leading Practices Repository.
  • Two selections will be offered the opportunity to present their leading practice as a Learning Lab presentation at AHRMM15.
  • Selections chosen for Learning Lab presentations will be highlighted in Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine and referenced in all relevant press (press releases, AHRMM communications, etc.).
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3. HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition – AHRMM Member Discount
The 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 12-16 in Chicago, brings together 38,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world.  Information is essential to health transformation. At HIMSS15, you'll find the resources, people and ideas that enable you to transform health through the power of information; through innovation, engagement, leadership, connectivity and more.   As AHRMM is an Endorser and one of the expert resources at HIMSS15, members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend the conference.
To receive the discount, go to the online registration.  Then, select our organization from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process. Enter the Endorser Number: 2015.
Join AHRMM at HIMSS15!  The HIMSS15 Supply Chain Management SIG Meeting, will have their annual special interest group (SIG) meeting, April 14, 2015, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Room CC21 B. This year's focus of discussion will be: UDIs and Health IT- At the Intersection of Costs, Quality & Outcomes.  The Supply Chain Management SIG meeting will focus on the linkages between the U.S. FDA Unique Device Identification Rule and Meaningful Use proposals to capture UDIs in EHRs. AHRMM’s director of supply chain, Mike Schiller, will lead a discussion on the role UDI, supply chain and Information Management System professionals can play in supporting better data quality and capture for improved efficiencies, quality and reimbursement. Visit HIMSS to learn more. 
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4. Term of the Week
Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) An inventory model that recommends how much to order by determining the amount that will meet customer service levels while minimizing total ordering and holding costs for the institution.
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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5. SMI Releases New Industry Resource to Improve Supply Chain Transactional Efficiencies
On March 19 the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI®) released a new resource for the healthcare supply chain industry called the “ Transactional Efficiency Package” designed to assist trading partners in improving efficiencies in their transactional operations. This multi tool resource contains three separate tools:  (1) Perfect Order; (2) Perfect Department Index (PDI); (3) the brand new Supply Chain Optimization, all available, at no-charge on the SMI website:   www.smisupplychain.com.   These tools are all designed to correct the root causes that lead to pricing inaccuracies, invoice inaccuracies, and incorrect product identification.  
The three tools in the Transactional Efficiency Package were developed by teams of SMI members, all thought-leader executives in the healthcare supply chain industry. These teams recognized that many supply chain trading partners struggle to reconcile the millions of transactions that happen each week from purchase orders, deliveries, receipts, invoices and payments, leading to inefficiencies and higher costs. These teams worked to develop three unique resources that support the improvement of transactional efficiency while identifying and quantifying inefficiencies.  
This Transactional Efficiency Package is available for download, at no cost on the SMI website.  This resource, along with 25 other downloadable tools and solutions are available on the SMI website, and are designed to help industry professionals address real supply chain issues and challenges.  
Source: Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) – March 19, 2015
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6. Report: ACA Energizing Five Fundamental Shifts in Healthcare
The Affordable Care Act has energized five fundamental shifts in healthcare over the past five years, according to a new report by the PwC Health Research Institute. They are a shift in risk away from traditional insurers and onto providers and others; a renewed emphasis on primary care; an influx of companies to a new health economy focused on innovation; a shift from wholesale to retail health insurance; and an increased role for states in shaping the health care landscape. “Despite the challenges, these key trends – accentuated and accelerated by the law – continue to push forward, building opportunities and risks within the New Health Economy,” the authors said.
Source: AHA News Now – March 19, 2015
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7. AHA Urges Congress to Provide EHR Flexibility, ICD-10 Certainty
Harnessing the power of information technology to improve care requires giving providers greater flexibility to deploy electronic health records, holding vendors accountable for safe, interoperable products and providing certainty on the transition to the ICD-10 coding system by implementing the new codes on Oct. 1, the AHA told the Senate, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today. In a statement submitted to the committee for today’s hearing on “America’s Health IT Transformation,” the AHA underscored that hospitals are working hard to meet the many requirements of the meaningful use program while still struggling with the transition to Stage 2 rules. The association recommended policymakers shorten the reporting period for meaningful use from a full year to 90 days; not hold hospitals accountable for vendor-related delays in technology; and wait until enough hospitals and physicians have met Stage 2 before setting the start date or requirements for Stage 3. Noting that the deadline for updating to ICD-10 has already been delayed several times, AHA said further delays would “only add costs, as existing investments will be further wasted and future costs will grow.”
Source: AHA News Now – March 17, 2015
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8. Have you Reviewed ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2015?
To help hospitals reduce technology-related risks, ECRI Institute publishes an annual list of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards.  The 2015 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards report, available for download as a free public service, details a variety of technology hazards that put patients at risk. Each hazard includes an overview of the issue and recommended action steps to aid healthcare facilities in their efforts to maintain a safe environment for patients and healthcare workers. Topics on the 2015 list include:
  1. Alarm hazards: Inadequate alarm configuration policies and practices
  2. Data integrity: Incorrect or missing data in electronic health records and other health IT systems
  3. Mix-up of IV lines leading to misadministration of drugs and solutions
  4. Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical instruments
  5. Ventilator disconnections not caught because of mis-set or missed alarms
  6. Patient-handling device use errors and device failures
  7. “Dose creep”: Unnoticed variations in diagnostic radiation exposures
  8. Robotic surgery: Complications due to insufficient training
  9. Cybersecurity: Insufficient protections for medical devices and systems
  10. Overwhelmed recall and safety alert management programs
Source: ECRI – November 25, 2014
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9. 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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