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AHRMM17 Conference Registration is Now Open!
The Early Bird registration for AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition, July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, DC, is now open! Be sure to register by May 15 to get the Early Bird rates!
Join your colleagues at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this summer for four days of insightful keynotes, practical learning labs, vendor presentations on the latest technology and products, and face-to-face networking with the leading supply chain leaders.
AHRMM17 SCHOLARSHIPS Qualified AHRMM members can apply for AHRMM17 Scholarships sponsored by the exhibiting companies. Applications are due April 10, 2017.
Access Three New LUC Case Studies on UDI Implementation
The Learning UDI Community (LUC) focuses on identifying issues that impact UDI adoption within the healthcare setting, and establishes cross-functional work groups made up of subject matter experts and stakeholders. Check out three new case studies, developed by the UDI Capture work group, with lessons learned, success factors, and outlined resources:
Learn more about the LUC at www.ahrmm.org/LUC.
Term of the Month
Learning UDI Community Steering Committee (LUCSC). The goal of the LUCSC is to establish a coordinated, action-oriented early adopter UDI community with a mission to define, document, and archive tools, resources, and best practices from early UDI adopters. The LUCSC will serve to engage early adopter leaders from across the UDI community and to facilitate documentation of lessons learned, best practices, iterative improvements in data quality, as well as develop tools and resources. Capturing, storing, maintaining, and providing open access to this shared knowledge will increase the likelihood of success of an interoperable medical device evaluation system built on the foundation of UDI adoption in electronic health information.
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 will provide the definition if you provide the term.
FDA Alerts Providers to Defibrillator Recall
Phillips Healthcare recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator due to electrical issues that may prevent the device from operating properly. Providers may report adverse reactions or quality problems using the device to the FDA’s MedWatch program.
Source: AHA News Now – March 27, 2017
CMS Issues Information on Implementing Emergency Preparedness Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday issued information on training and testing requirements under its final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating healthcare facilities. All affected providers and suppliers must meet all of the rule’s applicable requirements by Nov. 15, including completing the “exercises” for its training and testing requirements, CMS said. The agency will host an April 27 provider call on the final rule and its training and testing requirements, and has launched a webpage with checklists and other resources on the rule. For more information on the provider call, click here.
Source: AHA News Now – March 27, 2017
Bellwether League Inc.’s Future Famers Class of 2017
Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, recognized five professionals for their contributions to supply chain operations during the first decade of their respective careers.
The Future Famers Class of 2017 includes the following individuals who have made significant strides in the healthcare supply chain industry early in their employment:
  • Ben Cahoy, Principal Contract Specialist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Derek Havens, Senior Region Director, Premier Inc., Charlotte, NC
  • Mark Growcott, Ph.D., Manager, Supply Chain Finance and Strategy, Oschner Health System, Harahan, LA
  • Karen Kresnik, R.N., Director, Supply Chain Value Analysis & Contracting, Nebraska Methodist Health System, Omaha, NE
  • Christine Naughton, Communications Specialist, Supply and Service Resource Management, Dignity Health, Phoenix, AZ
Source: Bellwether League Inc. – March 27, 2017
CMS: CY 2016 EHR Hospital Reports Now Available
Hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program can now generate reports on electronic clinical quality measure reporting for calendar year 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last Wednesday. The Electronic Health Record Hospital Reports are available through the QualityNet portal to assess outcomes and begin process improvement activities based on CY 2016 eCQM reporting to the Hospital IQR and EHR Incentive programs. IQR-eligible hospitals may request an extraordinary circumstances exemption related to CY 2016 eCQM reporting through April 1. For more information, see the agency’s recently updated guidance on the exemption.
Source: AHA News Now – March 23, 2017
Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions 
The March/April digital edition of the AHRMM member-only magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Read the latest issue covering bundled payments in healthcare.
Article Highlight: Incentivizing Physicians to Deliver High-Value Care in a Bundled Payment Setting
By Jimmy Chung, MD, FACS, CHCQM
SCSS Article Highlight
In the spectrum of payment models, with fee-for-service on one end and capitation on the other, bundled payments is somewhere in the middle. No single payment model has been completely successful in the past, but there is no dispute that cost reduction must be one of the primary goals of any model that all stakeholders can agree on.
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