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AHRMM Announces 2016 Chapter Affiliates and Recognition Program Results

AHRMM is proud to announce the 2016 Affiliated Chapters and the results of the 2016 Chapter Recognition Program. AHRMM Affiliated Chapters demonstrate a commitment to their members and the healthcare supply chain field through education, chapter projects, and AHRMM involvement.
This year, 20 chapters received recognition levels above Standard. Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond chapters will be recognized at the Leadership & Achievement Reception during AHRMM16
Congratulations to all of the 2016 AHRMM affiliated chapters for their achievements!
View the 2016 Chapter Recognition Program results.
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Free Webinar Next Week on Electronics Lifecycle Management and Sustainability
The Green Electronics Council and the Sustainability Roadmap, a program of the American Hospital Association, recently released a new instructional document titled The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal. Written with hospitals in mind, this free paper walks sustainability and facility managers through the steps to safer procurement, management and disposal of electronic equipment.
Join us on April 27 for an introduction to this document and  clear strategies for implementing a green electronics purchasing and management policy. Learn more and register today.

AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Resource and Materials Management (CMRP) credential in March 2016:
  • Bronson Bernhard, Spring, TX
  • Brian Blake, Fair Oaks, CA
  • Adam Campbell, Franklin, TN
  • Sara Carrier, Scotts, MI
  • Jeffrey Chapman, Portland, ME
  • Robert Cossell, Lampasas, TX
  • Andria Davis, Jacksonville, NC
  • Ryan Finkle, Butler, MO
  • Tou Her, Park Rapids, MN
  • Ken Hogan, Winchester, KY
  • Pete Keys, Gainesville, GA
  • Helen Kreit, Westminster, MD
  • Timothy Miller, Chandler, AZ
  • Gale O'Neill, Roseville, CA
  • Matt Payne, Franklin, IN
  • Andy Phillip, Staten Island, NY
  • Charles Rusick, Burr Ridge, IL
  • Jonathan Samaniego, Roseville, CA
  • Jack Schwartz, Murrieta, CA
  • Leda Spainhour, Greensboro, NC
  • Aimee Watson, Annville, PA

Invest in your career and get certified! You can receive instant results when you take your CMRP exam at AHRMM16. To help you better prepare for the exam, AHRMM is offering a CMRP Overview Session on Sunday morning, July 31.
Click here to review examination schedule and application process.

CMS Extends Bundled Payment Initiative
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative for Model 2, 3, and 4 awardees who choose to participate for two more years, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway, M.D., announced yesterday. The extension will “provide a more robust and rigorous evaluation of the initiative and determine whether the efforts of bundling payments are successful in providing better care while spending health care dollars more wisely,” Conway said. The initiative currently has 321 awardees, entities who assume financial liability for any of 48 clinical episodes of care. Model 2 involves retrospective bundled payment for an acute and post-acute care episode; Model 3 involves retrospective payment for post-acute care triggered after an acute care hospital stay; and Model 4 involves a prospective bundled payment for all services provided during an acute care hospital stay.
Source: AHA News Now – April 18, 2016

CDC Zika Virus Updates
0.8% of Pregnant Women Tested for Zika Virus in States Infected
About 2.9% of pregnant women with symptoms and 0.3% of those without symptoms had Zika virus when tested after traveling to or from areas with active transmission, according to a report released on April 15 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 0.8% of all pregnant women living in U.S. states who were tested for the virus by CDC between Jan. 3 and March 5. The finding is based on 4,534 residents of U.S. states tested over the period, 73.6% of whom were pregnant women. Overall, 11.8% of those with symptoms and 0.3% of those without symptoms were found to have Zika virus.
Source: AHA News Now – April 15, 2016

Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly and Other Serious Birth Defects
Sufficient evidence has accumulated to infer a causal relationship between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other severe brain anomalies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published April 13, 2016 by the New England Journal of Medicine. The study evaluated the evidence to date using standard criteria used to identify potentially harmful exposures during pregnancy and evidence of causation. The timing of Zika virus infection associated with severe microcephaly and other severe birth defects of the brain appears to be in the late first or early second trimester, the authors said, noting that more research is needed to understand the full spectrum of defects caused by congenital infection and the relative risks for infants born to women infected at different times during pregnancy. The study’s findings do not change CDC’s current Zika guidance for health professionals and the public, said lead author Sonja Rasmussen, M.D., director of the CDC’s Division of Public Health Information and Dissemination.
Source: AHA News Now – April 13, 2016

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.

CMS: Physicians, Teaching Hospitals May Review 2015 Open Payments Data
Physicians and teaching hospitals may review and dispute 2015 payments reported to the Open Payments program for a 45-day period that began April 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports. Applicable drug and medical device makers and group purchasing organizations must annually report certain payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals, who may review and dispute inaccuracies for 45 days. The manufacturers and GPOs then have 15 days to resolve and submit corrections. Disputed data that is not resolved in the 15-day period will be publicly reported June 30 on the Open Payments website but marked as disputed. Physicians and teaching hospitals can continue to register and initiate disputes after the 45-day review period, but resolutions will not be publicly displayed until the next reporting cycle. To review data, physicians and teaching hospitals must be registered to use both the Open Payments system and CMS Enterprise Portal. For more on the review and dispute process, visit www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – April 15, 2016

AHA Invites Video/Photo Submissions for National Hospital Week May 8-14
During National Hospital Week May 8-14, the AHA invites hospitals to submit mobile videos or photos highlighting the important role hospitals play in their communities. AHA will share the videos and photos through its social media platforms and AdvancingHealthinAmerica.org website during the May 8-14 celebration, when hospital advocates and supporters also are encouraged to change their social media profile image to the hospital “H.” For more on the #MyHospital Campaign, visit www.aha.org/myhospital.

Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar – FREE for Members!
At the Starting Line with Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model launched on April 1, 2016. Join AHRMM and HealthTrust tomorrow to discuss the impact CJR and value-based reimbursement will have on affected markets and hospitals with an orthopedic service line.
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