April 7, 2015
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1. Contribute to Your Association in a New Way - Apply to Be a Candidate for the 2016 Board of Directors
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 page. The deadline for nominations is May 22, 2015.
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.
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2. AHRMM15 Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
Wishing you could attend AHRMM15 but short on budget?   The deadline to apply for an AHRMM15 Scholarship has been extended to April 13, 2015.  Make sure to get your application in by the end of the day on Monday so that you don’t miss out on four days of conference sessions full of practical and innovative ideas and abundant networking opportunities. 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. Deadline Extended! Applications must be received by AHRMM no later than April 13, 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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3.  Leading Practices on Reducing HACs Submissions Due April 30
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
Have an idea that might qualify as a Leading Practice, but not sure where to start? Contact AHRMM and we’ll help you through the process!  Email ahrmm@aha.org 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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4. Leadership Award Nominations Due April 15
The George R. Gossett Leadership Award is presented by AHRMM in memory of George R. Gossett, an early president of the Association. Gossett envisioned the prominence of materials management in healthcare and championed the educational and professional development of the discipline. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Association, and is given to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary level of leadership and professionalism in the field, made significant contributions to AHRMM, or advanced the healthcare supply chain.
The award is presented at the AHRMM Annual Conference & Exhibition. Every recipient is recognized in a special presentation and receives an award for their contributions. AHRMM also covers Annual Conference travel expenses for the
award recipient.
AHRMM is now accepting nominations from AHRMM members for the Leadership Award until April 15.  All nominations are reviewed and the recipient is chosen by the AHRMM Board of Directors.  Visit the Leadership Award Nominations section on the website for more information, general criteria, and to download the Nomination Form.
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5. Join AHRMM at HIMSS15
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. 
Suggested Panel Session: Experts from FDA, GHX, Mercy and The Pew Charitable Trusts discuss strategies for realizing the benefits of UDI adoption in the panel session entitled, UDI and Health IT: Key to Unlocking Medical Quality and Cost.   The UDI session will take place on Wednesday, April 15, from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT in room S401. 
The session will help attendees understand how to best utilize UDIs by identifying the system and process changes necessary, and evaluating the clinical and financial benefits of better medical device tracking.  More information about the panel can be found here
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6. 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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7. Term of the Week
BioSimilars:  also known as follow-on biologics, are biologic medical products whose active drug substance is made by a living organism or derived from a living organism by means of recombinant DNA or controlled gene expression methods. BioSimilars are terms used to describe officially approved subsequent versions of innovator biopharmaceutical products made by a different sponsor following patent and exclusivity expiry on the innovator product. Unlike the more common small-molecule drugs, biologics generally exhibit high molecular complexity, and may be quite sensitive to changes in manufacturing processes
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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8. CMS Releases Final MA, Part D Payment and Policy Changes for 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late yesterday  announced final changes to the Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs for 2016, which will increase payments by a net 1.25%, on average. CMS had proposed reducing payments by an average of 0.95%. When combined with expected growth in plan risk scores due to coding, CMS said today’s changes will increase revenue for MA plans and Part D sponsors by an average 3.25%. Among other policy changes, CMS reiterates and clarifies existing rules requiring Medicare Advantage organizations to maintain accurate provider network directories for enrollees. CMS did not finalize its proposal to reduce the weight of seven measures in its star rating system to counterbalance the lack of socioeconomic adjustments but reaffirmed its commitment to further study the issue. For more, see the CMS factsheet.
Source: AHA News Now – April 6, 2015
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9. CDC: About Half of Hospital Labs Reporting Notifiable Conditions Electronically
About half of the nation’s more than 5,000 hospital laboratories were reporting notifiable conditions to public health agencies using electronic communications protocols as of last April, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While only 479 were using the electronic messaging format required for meaningful use of electronic health records as of last July, that’s up from fewer than 200 in 2013, CDC said. In addition, more than 1,300 hospital labs were testing meaningful-use compliant electronic reporting and more than 3,000 have registered their intent to send electronic reports to public health agencies under the meaningful use program, CDC said. Electronic lab reporting is a CDC priority for improving public health surveillance. Not all public health agencies are able to receive electronic messages using the meaningful use format.
Source: AHA News Now – April 3, 2015
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10. HITRUST to Co-host April 30 Event on Cybersecurity Preparedness
The Health Information Trust Alliance and Booz Allen Hamilton will host a free educational event on cybersecurity preparedness April 30 in Washington, D.C. The Cyber Town Hall will include speakers from the Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security and a cyber-attack simulation exercise. To attend in person or access a live webcast of the event, register here. For more information, contact Jim Koenig at hitrust@bah.com.
Source: AHA News Now – April 1, 2015
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11. The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert Examines Safe Use of Health Information Technology
Safe use of health information technology (health IT) is the focus of Sentinel Event Alert Issue 54, released by The Joint Commission on March 31. The new alert examines the contributing factors to sentinel events that are health IT-related and suggests solutions for health care organizations. Read more.
Source: The Joint Commission – April 1, 2015
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12. Medical Recall
North Carolina Board of Pharmacy Announces a Recall of All Lots of Non- Sterile and Sterile Products Compounded, Repackaged, and Distributed by Prescription Center Between September 10, 2014 and March 10, 2015 Due to Lack of Sterility, Potency, and Stability Assurance 
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy has ordered a recall for all lots of non-sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged and distributed by Prescription Center Pharmacy located at 915 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC, between September 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. This recall order is due the pharmacy’s inability to ensure sterility, stability, and potency for these products. In addition to ordering a recall, the Board of Pharmacy ordered the Prescription Center closed. The Board has not received a complaint of an injury caused by any recalled product, but use of compounded products lacking assurance of sterility, stability, and potency places patients at risk. 
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – April 4, 2015
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13. AHRMM Request for Proposal (RFP) Library
The AHRMM RFP Library offers exclusive access to various RFPs that have been shared on the  AHRMM Member ListServ or submitted via email to the ARHMM inbox.   This resource is for AHRMM members only and has been archived online for your continuous use and convenience.
If you have an RFP you wish to add to the RFP Library please send to ahrmm@aha.org. Please remove any contact information or details you would not like shared prior to submitting.
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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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