April 21, 2015
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1.  AHRMM15 General Sessions – Strategies to Elevate Performance 
Attend AHRMM15 and have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and visionaries as they share experiences and strategies on how to succeed in the new healthcare delivery system and improve your professional performance through new connections and humor.  AHRMM15 general sessions will teach innovative solutions and improvements to the healthcare delivery model and new methods to elevate one's own productivity and performance.
Register by May 15 and save up to $200 with the Early Bird rates.
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2. AHRMM Announces 2015 Chapter Affiliates and Recognition Program Results
AHRMM is pleased to announce the 2015 Affiliated Chapters and the results of the 2015 Chapter Recognition Program. Affiliated chapters demonstrate a commitment to their members and the healthcare supply chain industry through education, chapter projects, advancement and recognition, and AHRMM involvement. Affiliated chapters recognized as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond Levels demonstrate exemplary commitment to these goals.
AHRMM is excited to recognize 30 affiliated chapters this year, with 21 reaching Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Diamond level. Congratulations to all of the 2015 AHRMM affiliated chapters for their achievements!
Diamond Recognition
Gold Recognition
Silver Recognition
Bronze Recognition
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Chapter Affiliation and the Recognition Programs are dynamically structured to provide greater recognition and benefits based on a chapter’s proactive work in serving the healthcare supply chain field, as well as their participation in AHRMM. Learn more about Chapter Affiliation and the Recognition program, benefits, and qualifications. Locate your local chapter and see what opportunities exist in your area.
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3. Best Practices for Improving Medical Device Reprocessing
Many hospitals are reexamining their medical device reprocessing and sterilization practices in light of new U.S. Food and Drug Administration actions aimed at improving the safety of reusable medical devices. Healthcare professionals responsible for reprocessing may also want to explore two new Sustainability Roadmap resources related to reprocessing. The first performance improvement measure, or PIM, explores how switching from disposable blue wrap to rigid reusable sterilization containers can improve patient safety, save money, reduce waste, and cut reprocessing turnaround time. The second PIM, focused on cleaning with multi-enzymatic cleaning solutions, explains how this project can improve the life of surgical instruments and save money. These two PIMs were underwritten by Case Medical. Continue reading to view more reprocessing PIMs.
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4. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in March 2015:
  • Debra Adams, Fort Smith, AR
  • Ricardo Balderrama, Los Angeles, CA
  • Randy Bosch, Smithfield, VA
  • Brigitte DeFalco, Wantagh, NY
  • Richard Guernsey, Pleasant Grove, UT
  • Martyn Smith, Irving, TX
  • Pamela Smith, Highlands, NC
  • Angela Walton, Sugar Land, TX
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5. Term of the Week
Infomediation in healthcare, this term describes the move among some consulting firms and analytics companies to mesh the plethora of new, publicly available Medicare, Medicaid, and other payer data about healthcare cost, quality, and services. The purpose is to help draw conclusions about efficiency that physicians and hospitals can use to select participants in their networks and assess provider performance that can help in contract negotiations. Big health plans use infomediation to determine factors influencing population health such as which patients are at higher risk of readmission, which physicians are most cost-effective in their treatment choices. 
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. CMS adds HCAHPS Star Ratings to Hospital Compare
On April 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added star ratings for hospitals reporting consumer perception survey measures at Hospital Compare, including an overall star rating for performance on the 11 survey measures. The survey is called the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. “Hospitals are leaders in sharing quality and safety information to help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare,” said Akin Demehin, AHA senior associate director of policy. “While star ratings could be an effective way to make quality information easier to understand, the devil is in the details. There’s a risk of oversimplifying the complexity of quality care or misinterpreting what is important to a particular patient, especially since patients seek care for many different reasons.” CMS next year plans to implement a star rating for most Hospital Compare quality measures. 
Source: AHA News Now – April 16, 2015
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7. ONC: Three out of Four Hospitals had at Least a Basic EHR System in 2014
About 76% of non-federal acute-care hospitals reported having an electronic health record system in 2014, according to a report released on April 16 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. That’s up from 59% in 2013 and an eight-fold increase since 2008, the agency said. At least half of non-federal hospitals in all states reported having at least a basic EHR system, and more than one-third of hospitals were using more advanced EHR functionality. Nearly all hospitals (97%) reported having a certified EHR technology, up 35% since 2011. The data are from the 2014 Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Annual Survey.
Source: AHA News Now – April 16, 2015
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8. Medical Recall
OriGen Biomedical Issues Nationwide Recall of OriGen VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters 
On March 30, 2015, OriGen Biomedical initiated a nationwide recall for one lot of 51 VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters. These VV13F Reinforced Dual Lumen ECMO Catheters have been found to have the potential for a separation of the clear extension tube from the hub that it is inserted in, which potentially could result in required intervention to prevent permanent impairment/damage.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – April 17, 2015
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9. AHRMM Negotiation Podcast – Free Member Exclusive Education 
Have you ever negotiated only to find you were at disadvantage because you were not prepared?  Check out the Negotiation Podcast available in the members-only section of the website. 
This three-part podcast series, available only to AHRMM members, is presented by Michael Bohon, CMRP, CPSM, Founding Principle of HealthCare Solutions Bureau, LLC, Show Low, Arizona, who provides helpful answers to these questions by illustrating three key points:
  • Effective negotiation steps.
  • Who the key players are in the negotiation process.
  • Why should you establish objectives.
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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 1962, AHRMM prepares its more than 3,900 members to contribute to the field and advance in the profession through 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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Have You Been Successful in Fighting HACs? Share Your Methods by April 30

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 hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) across any category. Submissions are due April 30. Click here for guidelines on how to submit your ideas, what format to use, and more information.



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