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AHRMM16 Early Bird Registration Ends on Monday
Make plans to attend AHRMM16 on July 31 - August 3 at the San Diego Convention Center to connect with people, and explore products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare. Join more than 1,000 colleagues and capture a year's worth of healthcare supply chain news and best practices in just four days.
AHRMM16 registration rates increase after May 2 and also on July 30 for those registering onsite. Take advantage of the early bird rates to save up to $350!
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Early bird registration ends May 2. 
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Spread Innovation Across the Healthcare Field – Submit a Leading Practice
AHRMM has developed a repository for leading and proven supply chain practices, case studies, and tool kits that are developed from a Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) perspective.
To continue building the CQO Leading Practice Repository, AHRMM is issuing the latest call for leading practice submissions. 
AHRMM is looking for submissions highlighting initiatives in the following areas:
  • Reduced hospital-acquired conditions (HAC)
  • Reduced readmissions
  • Increased patient satisfaction
  • Strategic supply chain initiatives between providers and their suppliers
  • UDI adoption practices
Submit a Leading Practice
Submissions are due May 2, 2016.

Term of the Month
Palliative Care is the medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life of people facing serious illness. Emphasis is placed on pain and symptom management, communication and coordinated care. Palliative care is appropriate from the time of diagnosis and can be provided along with curative treatment. The point of palliative care is to relieve suffering through pain and symptom management, communication and coordination of care.
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!

CMS Issues Final Rule for Medicaid, CHIP Managed Care Plans
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday afternoon issued its final rule on Medicaid managed care; the first major update in more than a decade. The final rule tracks closely to the proposed rule and would provide new standards for managed care provider networks, quality measures, external quality review, and beneficiary rights and protections. In addition, the final rule imposes new requirements for medical loss ratios for managed care plans, implements best practices identified in existing managed long- term care services and support programs, and requires states to develop a Medicaid managed care quality rating system for health plans. The final rule also permits states flexibility to allow managed care enrollees aged 21 to 64 to access psychiatric services in inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
Source: AHA News Now – April 25, 2016

CDC, OSHA Issue Guidance for Protecting Workers from Zika Exposure
On April 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued guidance for protecting outdoor workers, healthcare and laboratory workers, mosquito control workers and business travelers against occupational exposure to Zika virus. According to the guidance, employers and workers in healthcare settings and laboratories “should follow good infection control and biosafety practices (including universal precautions) as appropriate,” to prevent or minimize the risk of Zika virus transmission. Standard precautions include hand hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment to avoid direct contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials, including laboratory specimens/samples. CDC continues to recommend that healthcare workers use standard precautions during patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed Zika infection status, the guidance notes. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.
Source: AHA News Now – April 22, 2016

CMS Delays Release of Hospital Compare Overall Star Ratings
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on April 20 that it will delay until at least July 2016 the release of overall hospital quality “star ratings” on its Hospital Compare website. The ratings were originally scheduled to be released April 21. The delay for the overall star ratings responds to the significant concerns raised by the AHA and others about whether the methodology provides a fair, accurate and meaningful representation of hospital performance. In addition, a majority of Congress – 60 senators and 225 members of the House – weighed in urging CMS to delay the release and take time to re-evaluate its methodology.
Source: AHA News Now – April 20, 2016

NIH Research Program to Target Health Disparities in Surgical Outcomes

On April 18, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, announced an initiative that will fund research on disparities in surgical care and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. The program will collaborate with NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and build on efforts by the American College of Surgeons and its national research agenda to address surgical disparities.
Source: AHA News Now – April 19, 2016

CQO Movement Case Studies - AHRMM Member-Only Benefit
AHRMM has worked with several healthcare supply chain teams to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement
Discover how other supply chain professionals work at the intersection of CQO to reduce costs while improving patient care and driving greater financial outcomes for their organizations. These CQO case studies are a member-only resource.
Read the CQO Case Studies
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