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Congratulations to Jon Reiners for Achieving AHRMM Fellow Status
Jon Reiners AHRMM congratulates Jon Reiners, CMRP, FAHRMM, Director of Materials Management, at Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska, for receiving his AHRMM Fellow designation.
The designation of AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) recognizes current AHRMM members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the supply chain field. Original in content and written by FAHRMM members, Fellow papers describe innovative, practical, and cost-effective approaches and/or experiences in the healthcare supply chain.
Click here to access Jon Reiners’ Fellow Paper, A Framework for Success: Applying the Baldrige Excellence Framework to the Healthcare Supply Chain.

AHRMM16 Scholarships Extended to this Friday, April 1
Don't let financial constraints keep you from attending AHRMM16! Qualified AHRMM members can apply for AHRMM16 Scholarships sponsored by the exhibiting companies. 
Visit the AHRMM16 Exhibitor Scholarship page to download the application and review requirements.
Applications must be submitted to AHRMM by April 1, 2016.

New On-Demand Recordings: Cultivating OR Cost Awareness & Zika Virus
Did you miss the two AHRMM webinars from the beginning of this month? Access them now on-demand to listen at your own pace and still receive CPE credit for qualified recordings!
From Invisibility to Transparency: Cultivating OR Cost Awareness
The Massachusetts General Leadership team shares how they used data capture to assess supply use and how they changed the culture in their hospital to be more cost aware. 
Learn more.
Zika Virus: Clinical Implications for the Healthcare Environment
This on-demand recording addresses the latest guidelines from the CDC to prevent transmission of the Zika virus and its impact on healthcare supply chain professionals. 
Learn more.
More updates on the Zika Virus in Industry News section below. 
Apply to Be a Candidate for the 2017 Board of Director
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 pageThe 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.

Zika Virus Updates from the CDC
CDC Updates Zika Guidance, Issues Factsheets on Pregnancy Registry
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released updated guidance for healthcare providers caring for women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure, and for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus. CDC also has issued factsheets on the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, created to help public health officials understand more about Zika virus infection during pregnancy and congenital infection.
Source: AHA News Now – March 25, 2016
CDC Recommends PPE, other Precautions to Prevent Zika Transmission
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week recommended healthcare personnel use “standard precautions” at all times in every healthcare setting to prevent potential transmission of the Zika virus, regardless of whether infection is suspected or confirmed. CDC urges ongoing education and training, noting that all personnel should be trained in the correct use and disposal of PPE and be able to don PPE quickly in urgent situations and remove it safely. Recent evidence suggests a possible association between maternal Zika virus infection and adverse fetal outcomes. Until more is known, CDC strongly advises pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas.
Source: AHA News Now – March 23, 2016
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.

FDA Announces Opioid-Related Guidance, Labeling Changes
On March 24, the Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for companies developing generic versions of approved opioids with abuse-deterrent formulations. Last week, FDA also announced safety labeling changes for immediate release and other opioid prescription products.
Source: AHA News Now – March 24, 2016

Prepublication Standards – National Patient Safety Goal for CAUTIs
The Joint Commission has recently approved a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) focusing on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) for accredited nursing care centers, and approved revisions to existing CAUTI NPSGs applicable to accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.
Source: The Joint Commission E-Alerts – March 24, 2016

New ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes Released
On March 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released roughly 1,900 diagnosis codes that will be added to the ICD-10 coding system for healthcare claims in fiscal year 2017. The ICD-10-CM codes are available at www.cdc.gov. Some 3,651 new ICD-10 PCS inpatient procedure codes for FY 2017 were posted earlier this month at www.cms.gov. The large number of new codes is due to a partial freeze on updates to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10 PCS codes prior to implementation of ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2015.
Source: AHA News Now – March 22, 2016

Invitation to Participate: Supply Chain Information Governance Survey
The University Of Tennessee Knoxville Haslam School Of Business is conducting a survey on supply chain information governance. The survey will capture your responses pertaining to supply chain information governance strategy and decision-making structure, and information quality and sharing. Your participation in this study will help promote a deeper understanding of performance implications (in terms of cost, quality, and outcomes) associated with governing supply chain information flows in healthcare organizations. Your participation involves responding to a series of questions in the form of an online survey. The survey should take approximately 15 to 25 minutes. The survey also collects your organization’s information. This information will be only used to link the survey responses for your organization with publicly available financial and quality information about your organization. 

Comparison Report of the Compensation Survey
Download the AHRMM’s comparison report of the compensation surveys collected in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Designed specifically for the healthcare supply chain, the comparison report will help you measure, identify, and compare current trends and demographics to better determine your fair market value. The Compensation Survey Report is free for AHRMM members. 
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