April 14, 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: Delivering Change through Industry Engagement 
Attend AHRMM15, August 9-12, in to connect with more than 1,000 fellow healthcare supply chain professionals, discuss best practices and establish new strategies that help elevate the field.
Register by May 15 and save up to $200 with the Early Bird rates!
With the ongoing transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, supply chain has become a key player in meeting organizational goals by driving clinical value, implementing innovation, and delivering operational efficiency. In order to fulfill its multifaceted objectives, supply chain must engage with various stakeholders in pursuit of a common mission to foster a coordinated healthcare delivery system.
AHRMM has teamed up with dozens of industry experts to bring the latest content that can be applied as effective practice. We hope you can join us at AHRMM15 to explore key ideas, trends, and best practices around building strategic stakeholder engagement, with an emphasis on supply chain from the cost, quality, and outcomes perspective.

Click on the image to download the conference brochure. Review the four-day program packed with more than 55 learning labs, five pre-conference, and three general sessions.
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3. Time Is Running Out: Contribute to the AHRMM Leading Practice Repository By 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 Tomorrow
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. Term of the Week
Precision Medicine Initiative: is one of the most promising and exciting fields of medical research. Precision medicine, also known as "personalized medicine," is about the knowledge we've gained by sequencing the human genome. It's the effort to turn that knowledge into better, more effective medicines. The approach is built largely on science's improved understanding of genetics. The thinking is that doctors will be able to look to patients' genes to see whether they're at increased risk for certain conditions-meaning doctors could try to prevent those diseases from developing, or be on the lookout to treat them early if they do develop and by better understanding each patient's individual illness, doctors can better tailor the right dose of the right medicine, at the right time.
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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6. Report: Healthcare Quality Continues to Improve
The nation has made clear progress in improving the healthcare delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending and healthier people, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, released Friday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. But there is still work to do, specifically to address disparities in care, the report adds. Among other improvements, the rate of uninsured working-age adults decreased from 22.3% in 2010 to 20.4% in 2013 and 15.6% in the first half of 2014, the report states. Declines in the first half of 2014 were larger among blacks and Hispanics than whites, but racial differences in rates remained. The report also found an increase in the percentage of people who said they have a usual place to go for medical care. Quality improved for most National Quality Strategy priorities, including a 17% reduction in hospital-acquired conditions, as reported by AHRQ in December. In addition, certain racial and ethnic disparities were eliminated, the agency said. For example, black children age 19-35 months received one or more doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and Native American children received hepatitis B vaccines at rates similar to other children, and Hispanic adults with obesity received nutrition counseling at rates similar to other adults.
Source: AHA News Now – April 13, 2015
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7. AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship
The Health Care Transformation Fellowship is an intensive, nine-month program targeting senior leaders to develop and enhance skills required for success in a rapidly evolving, dynamic health care environment.  The curriculum covers a variety of health care transformation topics including innovative models of care delivery, financial models for the volume to value transition, and population health management. This robust fellowship is designed to give participants knowledge, actionable tools and valuable connections to transform their health care organizations, as well as ongoing opportunities for learning and involvement. Recruiting is currently underway for the next fellowship class, with applications due June 1.  More detailed information is available at www.hpoe.org/hctfellowship.
Source: Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) – April 9, 2015
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8. Medical Recall
Baxter Initiates Voluntary Recall of Select Lots of IV Solutions Due to the Potential Presence of Particulate Matter 
Baxter International Inc. announced on April 9 it is voluntarily recalling select lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may lead to adverse health consequences. The extent and severity of harm depends on the size, number, and composition of the foreign material, and patient’s underlying medical condition. In the absence of in-line filtration, these particles may cause: local vein irritation, inflammatory reaction, aggravation of preexisting infections, allergic reactions, and systemic embolization. In high-risk patients this may lead to serious adverse health consequences.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – April 11, 2015
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9. AHRMM Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Digital Edition – Article Highlight
Creating and Managing Evidence-Based Medicine in the New Era
Supply chain continues to have an important role in reimbursement outcomes. No longer a tactical responsibility of charging for supplies to generate revenue, we are charged with guiding the selection and procurement of supplies that maximize the intersection of CQO, improves the health and well-being of our patients, and contributes to the overall body of knowledge used to make evidence-based decisions.
By Bob Taylor, MBA, CMRP
As an AHRMM member you always have access to the digital edition of  Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine.  Access articles from the  March/April issue at any time under the  members only tab on AHRMM's homepage.
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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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