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AHRMM17 Scholarships Deadline Extended – April 12 
AHRMM is pleased to offer financial assistance to qualifying members for attending the AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition in Washington, D.C. The conference scholarships are made possible by AHRMM17 the support from each of the AHRMM17 exhibiting companies.
Applications are due April 12, 2017.
Webinar April 19 - Healthcare Supply Chain IT Systems: Look to the Cloud 
For advances in healthcare supply chain IT systems, look to the cloud. Join AHRMM and Oracle on April 19 to discover best practices in the healthcare supply chain arena, and find out how to modernize your business using cloud technology.
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The Impact of Supply Chain Processes on OR Time, Efficiency & Overall Cost
Discover how process improvements in the OR can lead to a system that is more cost-effective and marketable as a result of operational effectiveness, patient experience, and physician and staff satisfaction.
Medtronic Voluntary Worldwide Recall of StrataMR Adjustable Valves and Shunts
Medtronic plc announced that on February 22, 2017 it notified customers of a voluntary recall of all unused units of the StrataMR adjustable valves and shunts. These products are manufactured and marketed by Medtronic's Neurosurgery business, which is part of the Brain Therapies division of the company's Restorative Therapies Group. This recall only applies to StrataMR adjustable valves and shunts and does not apply to Strata II or Strata NSC products.
Source: HPN Daily Update – April 11, 2017
Study: Voluntary Value-Based Reforms Associated With Greater Readmissions Reductions
Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals between 2008 and 2015, the study found that hospitals achieving meaningful use under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs or participating in Medicare’s accountable care organizations or Bundled Payment for Care Initiative achieved greater reductions in readmissions under the HRRP.
Source: AHA News Now – April 10, 2017
ASHE Named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named the AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its work to help healthcare facilities become more energy efficient. ASHE’s free Energy to Care benchmarking and awards program helps hospitals track energy use, become more efficient, and redirect energy savings toward patient care.
Source: AHA News Now – April 6, 2017
FDA Field Corrective Action: Newport HT70 and HT70 Plus Ventilators by Medtronic
Medtronic notified customers worldwide of a voluntary field corrective action for all its Newport HT70 and Newport HT70 Plus ventilators manufactured since 2010. The voluntary field corrective action is being conducted following reports that the ventilator may reset spontaneously during normal operation, without an accompanying alarm.
Source: HPN Daily Update – April 6, 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.
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Free registration required to access the white paper and attend a webinar.
For more information, contact Vizient at SupplyChain@Vizientinc.com.
AHRMM Fellow Program – Reach the Highest Level of Achievement 
Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP) and current members, AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) is designated to those who have excelled in specific areas of the supply chain and have submitted an approved, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
Visit www.ahrmm.org/Fellow for FAHRMM designation requirements and additional information on the program.
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