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Apply to be a Candidate for the 2018 AHRMM Board – Deadline Extended 
Help shape the future of AHRMM and contribute to our success by submitting an application to become a candidate for this year’s AHRMM Board Election. There is one affiliate seat, one military seat, and two provider seats open for the 2017 Election.
 
The deadline for Board applications has been extended to April 21, 2017. Chair-Elect applications are due May 26, 2017. If you are considering to run for a seat on the AHRMM Board, please contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org to request a candidate packet.
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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Apply for AHRMM17 Scholarships sponsored by the exhibiting companies.
 
Application deadline is April 10, 2017.
 
Download the Justification Toolkit to help you make your case and secure funding.
HEALTHCARE HEADLINES
ECRI Institute Announces Winners of 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award
ECRI Institute announced the winners of its sixth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award. The prestigious award honors healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in overall spend management and in adopting best practice solutions in their supply chain processes.
 
The winners of ECRI Institute's 2017 Healthcare Supply Chain Achievement Award are:
  • Boston Children's Hospital - Boston, MA
  • Greenville Health System - Greenville, SC
  • Huntington Hospital - Pasadena, CA
  • Inova Health System - Falls Church, VA
  • Jefferson Health - Philadelphia, PA
  • MaineHealth - Portland, ME
  • Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids, IA
  • UAB Medicine - Birmingham, AL
  • UC Health - Oakland, CA
  • University of Maryland Medical System - Baltimore, MD
  • WellStar Health System - Marietta, GA
Source: HPN Daily Update – April 4, 2017
CMS Finalizes MA, Part D Payment, and Policy For 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced changes to the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs for calendar year 2018, which would increase payment rates by a net 0.45%. CMS is also soliciting stakeholder input on opportunities for regulatory, sub-regulatory, policy, practice, and procedural changes to the MA and Part D programs to facilitate plan innovation and affordability, among other goals. Comments are due by April 24.
 
Source: AHA News Now – April 3, 2017
Mylan Provides Update for Expanded Voluntary Worldwide Recall of EpiPen Auto-Injector
Mylan N.V. announced that Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company and Mylan's manufacturing partner for EpiPen Auto-Injector, has expanded a voluntary recall of select lots of EpiPen (epinephrine injection, USP) and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors to now include additional lots distributed in the U.S. and other markets in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
Source: HPN Daily Update – April 3, 2017
NIH Zika Vaccine Candidate Advances to Larger Human Trial
An experimental DNA vaccine to protect against disease caused by Zika infection has advanced to a larger study in humans, which will further evaluate the vaccine’s safety and immune response as well as optimal dosing, the National Institutes of Health announced on Friday. Initial findings from an ongoing smaller trial in humans indicate the candidate vaccine is safe and able to induce a neutralizing antibody response, the agency said.
 
Source: AHA News Now – March 31, 2017
FBI Cautions Healthcare Facilities of FTP Attacks
The FBI Cyber Division has issued a warning that criminal actors are actively targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers operating in "anonymous" mode and associated with medical and dental facilities to access protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) in order to intimidate, harass, and blackmail business owners.
 
The FBI advises medical and dental healthcare entities to have their IT services staff check networks for FTP servers running in anonymous mode. If operating a FTP server in anonymous mode is necessary, sensitive PHI or PII should not be stored on the server.

Visit the FBI for more details.
Source: HPN Daily Update – March 31, 2017
The Supply Chain Role in Supporting Exceptional, Cost-Effective Health Care
Free white paper sponsored by Vizient
 
The challenges facing health care today are not going away any time soon. Uncertainty in regulation, payment models, population health, aggregation, and consolidation mean that hospitals have to perform at elite levels organization-wide, and that includes supply chain. Amidst the uncertainty, some truths remain:
  • Hospitals will not be paid more tomorrow than they are today for delivering patient care
  • Expectations of supply chain operations will continue to increase faster than available investment dollars
  • Continued segregation of clinical operations and supply chain operations is not a winning strategy for value-based care
Critical to the success of supply chain operations is finding an optimal mix of practical goals like cost reduction and providing opportunities for strategic growth in areas like clinical-to-supply integration, all the while, operating efficiently and increasingly doing more with less. Optimizing your supply chain operations means meeting these challenges head on. As overwhelming as they may seem, they are not insurmountable.
 
Fill out the form below to download the whitepaper, “The Supply Chain Role in Supporting Exceptional, Cost-Effective Health Care” and learn how optimizing your supply chain can be the catalyst for organization-wide performance improvement.
 
Register for Access
Free registration required to access the white paper and attend a webinar.
 
For more information, contact Vizient at SupplyChain@Vizientinc.com.
FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
AHRMM Mentor Program – Member Only Resource
Available only to AHRMM members, the AHRMM Mentor Program provides a six-month platform for healthcare supply chain professionals to connect with more experienced professionals in the field.
 
Whether to help with career planning, learn from previous experience, or simply to find an encouraging role model, engaging with a mentor can markedly improve an individual's work life and career.
 
Learn more at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
 
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