May 5, 2015
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1.  AHRMM15 Early Bird Countdown – Next Week is Your Last Chance to Save on Registration
The countdown to the Early Bird deadline is nearing single digits!  Register by May 15 to take advantage of discounted registration rates for the AHRMM Annual Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12, in Indianapolis. Join more than 1,000 fellow supply chain professionals for a three-day program to explore key ideas, trends, and best practices around building strategic stakeholder engagement, with an emphasis on supply chain perspective.
Register by May 15 and save up to $200 with the Early Bird rates!
AHRMM15 offers more than 50 learning labs - a total of 60 professional education hours, accounting for up to 20.5 Continuing Professional Education contact hours, which can be applied toward a CMRP Certification.
All Conference Tracks General Sessions
AHRMM15 educational tracks are developed to deliver content that is of most interest to the attendees. Learning Lab sessions will be presented at Executive, Director, Manager level. 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.
Pre-Conference Workshops Exhibition
Half-day workshops give a nuts and bolts view into key healthcare supply chain topics — clinical value analysis, purchasing, distribution, technology solutions, finance, strategic planning, and more. Plan now to meet with representatives from the exhibiting companies to find out about the latest products and services and how they can help you and your healthcare organization.
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2. Get Prepared for the CMRP Exam with the Two-Part Webinar Series in June
This two-part webinar series is a high-level overview of CMRP Examination content and an interactive Q&A session with two presenters that currently hold the CMRP designation.  In Part I, participants receive a high-level overview of CMRP Certification Exam content, compromised from excerpts from the Materials Management Review Guide 5th edition and CMRP Examination Content Outline.  In Part II, participants will receive the answers to the practice questions, as well as the opportunity for participants to discuss the practice questions, including answers, reasoning, tips and techniques, with the two presenters and other participants. 
Dates: Tuesday, June 9 & June 16
Time: 1:00 -2:30 pm CST (2:00 pm EST, 11:00 am PST)
Cost:  $149 (AHRMM Member), $199 (Non Member)
CPE: 3
Presenters:  Preston Hall, Director of Materials Management, Clarion Hospital
Lora Johnson, Director of Value Analysis, Grady
Earn CMRP Designation at AHRMM15 This Summer!
Earning a Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) designation is a great way to document your knowledge, skills, and experience. Invest in your future by earning a CMRP distinction in an increasingly competitive marketplace. You can receive instant results when you take your CMRP exam at AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition!  
Examination Date: August 9, 2015 
Location: Indianapolis 
Application Deadline: July 13, 2015 
Click here to review examination schedule and application process.
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3. Annual UDI Conference - AHRMM Members Receive $100 Discount Through May 24
UDI Conference June 24 & 25, Baltimore, MD
AHRMM members are invited to attend the UDI (Unique Device Identification) Conference - the educational authority on UDI - at their annual industry gathering for medical device providers, manufacturers, and distributors to learn about, and understand, the FDA UDI Regulation and the Global UDI Database (GUDID).
Special emphasis is being placed on UDI within hospitals with general sessions geared to the changing landscape within healthcare and the benefits of the UDI, along with a “Provider Track”, hosted by AHRMM.
AHRMM is pleased to provide members the ability to interact directly with the FDA UDI team, investigate UDI technology in the exhibit hall, plan migration paths, and network with peers in the healthcare industry all in one place, at one time.
AHRMM members receive $100 savings. Register by May 24th for the best pricing.
To secure your seat at the best price, register by May 24 and enter “AHRMM” in the discount field. Team registrations are encouraged. If two or more individuals from the same company are planning to attend, contact nicole@clariongroupinc.com to get a discount code.
For additional conference details and the most up-to-date information, please visit www.udiconference.com/UDI_Conference.
For information on the FDA UDI Rule & GUDID Guidance, visit www.FDA.gov/UDI.
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4. 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.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
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5. AHRMM is Seeking Candidates 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 applications 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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6. Term of the Week
Telehealth monitoring device, an implantable, miniature, permanent monitor that can measure and communicate daily pulmonary artery pressure, as well as in-home devices that record and send real-time weight, blood pressure and heart rate data are allowing for closer monitoring of costly medical conditions, potentially reducing hospitalization. 
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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7. FDA Provides Public Access to Unique Device Identification Database
Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine (NLM), is making data on devices with unique device identifiers (UDI) publicly available for the first time through a website called AccessGUDID.  
In 2013, the FDA released a final rule to establish a UDI system designed to adequately identify medical devices through distribution and use. Device labelers (often, the manufacturer) must include a UDI on device labels and packages, except where an exception or alternative exists, and submit device identification information about these devices to the FDA’s Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).
Because the UDI system is being phased in over the next several years, labelers are currently submitting data on only the highest risk medical devices, a small subset of marketed devices. But as the system is implemented according to the compliance timeline, the records of all medical devices required to have a UDI will be included.
Through AccessGUDID, anyone can search or download information that labelers have submitted about their medical devices to the GUDID. Device identification and key safety information, such as whether the device is safe for use while undergoing MRI, will be available for healthcare providers to search at any time.
You can submit feedback through the FDA UDI Help Desk
For more information about UDI, GUDID, and AccessGUDID, or to view UDI training modules, visit the FDA’s UDI webpage.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – May 4, 2015
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8. Pollack Named Next AHA President and CEO
The American Hospital Association Board of Trustees yesterday announced Rick Pollack will be the association’s next president and CEO. Pollack, currently AHA’s executive vice president for advocacy and public policy, will succeed Rich Umbdenstock, who will retire at the end of 2015. “Rick brings the right mix of skills to this role,” said AHA Chairman Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., who is president of clinical services and chief medical officer of the Nashville-based HCA. “His effective advocacy combined with his passion and commitment to the mission of hospitals and the men and women who work there will serve the association well. He will build on the many strengths of the past and ably lead the association into the future.”
Source: AHA News Now – May 4, 2015
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9. FDA Issues Proposed Rule for Healthcare Antiseptics
On April 30, The Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule that would require manufacturers to provide additional scientific data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingredients in over-the-counter health care antiseptic products. These include hand washes and rubs for health care personnel, surgical hand scrubs and rubs, and patient preoperative skin preparations, FDA said. The proposal “does not mean that we believe that health care antiseptic products containing these ingredients are ineffective or unsafe, or that their use should be discontinued,” the rule states. Theresa Michele, M.D., who directs the Division of Nonprescription Drug Products at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the rule “seeks to ensure the FDA’s evaluations and determinations for all health care antiseptic active ingredients are consistent, up-to-date and appropriately reflect current scientific knowledge and patterns of use by healthcare professionals.” Consumer antiseptics such as antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizer rubs are not part of the proposed rule, which will be available for public comment for 180 days.
Source: AHA News Now – April 30, 2015
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10. Joint Commission Releases Sentinel Event Statistics for 2014
The Joint Commission recently updated its sentinel event statistics for 2014. Data from the 8,645 incidents reviewed from 2004 through 2014 show that a total of 8,876 patients have been affected by these events, with 5,177 (58.3 percent) resulting in the patient's death, 831 (9.4 percent) resulting in loss of function, and 2,868 (32.3 percent) resulting in unexpected additional care and/or psychological impact. Read more. 
Source: The Joint Commission – April 29, 2015
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11. May/June Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Digital Editions is Now Available
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is one of the premier benefits and resources of being an AHRMM member. Published six times a year, this publication provides up-to-date information on the latest healthcare supply chain trends, best practices, case studies, and Association activities.  
Check out the latest May/June issue online.  Not receiving your bi-monthly Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine in the mail? Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840 and confirm your primary mailing address.
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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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