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Improve Inventory Organization and Team Efficiency this Thursday
Healthcare institution resources, logistics structure, and personnel culture are all factors to consider when deciding which inventory method is right for you. Join AHRMM for the webinar this Thursday to discuss a variety of Lean management methods and determine the best option for your facility. 
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Access the Latest AHRMM Podcast: Value Analysis, A New Model for Healthcare
Public and private reimbursement models continue to shift from paying for volume to paying for value. Today, value analysis programs must continue to produce savings while also supporting the attainment of high quality care. Listen as Dennis Orthman, Senior Director of Strategic Marketplace Initiative, shares with you the exciting and challenging work that SMI has accomplished in partnership with the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals.
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Local AHRMM Chapter News is Now Available
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
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Study: Hospitalizations for Opioid Abuse and Infections Increase Over Decade
Hospitalizations for opioid abuse/dependence increased 72% between 2002 and 2012 to an estimated 520,275 per year, while hospitalizations for opioid-associated infections rose 91% to 6,535, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. Intravenous administration of opioids and heroin can cause serious infections, such as endocarditis and septic arthritis, increasing hospitalization costs. “These findings have important implications for the hospitals and government agencies that disproportionately shoulder these costs and for clinicians, researchers and policymakers interested in estimating the potential impact of targeted public health interventions at the national level,” the authors said.
Source: AHA News Now – May 2, 2016

Acute Care Drug Shortages Continue Despite 2012 Law According to Study
Early evidence suggests that the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 has reduced drug shortages overall, but not for acute care drugs, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. “Our estimates, based on reported national drug shortages from 2001 to 2014 collected by the University of Utah’s Drug Information Service, show that although the number of new annual shortages has decreased since the act’s passage, half of all drug shortages in the study period involved acute care drugs,” the authors write. “Shortages affecting acute care drugs became increasingly frequent and prolonged compared with non-acute care drugs (median duration of 242 versus 173 days, respectively). These results suggest that the drug supply for many acutely and critically ill patients in the United States remains vulnerable despite federal efforts.” The law gave FDA new and expanded regulatory powers to respond to national shortages.
Source: AHA News Now – May 2, 2016

CDC Reports Zika-Associated Death in Puerto Rico
About 11% of patients tested for arboviruses in Puerto Rico since last November were infected with Zika virus, according to a report released on April 29 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the report, 65 or 10% of the 683 people who tested positive for Zika as of April 14 were symptomatic pregnant women. Seventeen people required hospitalization, including five with suspected Guillain-Barré syndrome. One patient died of complications related to thrombocytopenia, or a low blood platelet count. “Although Zika virus-associated deaths are rare, the first identified death in Puerto Rico highlights the possibility of severe cases, as well as the need for continued outreach to raise health care providers’ awareness of complications that might lead to severe disease or death,” the authors said. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.
Source: AHA News Now – April 29, 2016

GEDSA Update on Low Dose ENFit Syringe
The Global Enteral Device Supplier Association (GEDSA) has made available a summary of the performance testing for the low dose syringe tip design. The GEDSA Update explains that the low dose tip ENFit syringe design performed substan­tially equiv­alent to standard orien­tation (male) syringes, and outperformed reverse system (female) syringes that are used today. The low dose design also mitigates the risk of inadvertent tubing misconnections, a feature of the regular ENFit connector.
Source: HPN Daily Update – April 28, 2016
May/June Digital Edition is Now Available!

The May/June digital edition of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions is now available! Read the latest issue focusing on supply chain and physicians working together to meet the demands and challenges of today’s healthcare environment.
May/June 2016 Digital Edition
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