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AHRMM17 Early Bird Registration Ends Monday!
Join us for the AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition on July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, D.C., to connect with peers, and explore the products, technology, and ideas that are advancing healthcare.
AHRMM17 registration rates increase after May 15, and also after July 23 for those registering onsite. Take advantage of the early bird rates to save on the leading healthcare supply chain conference!
Register By May 15 for Early Bird Rates!
New Interactive eLearning Course 
Integrating Physician Leadership in Supply Chain Management
Physician leadership within healthcare supply chain is fast becoming a requirement to help reduce costs and increase quality and outcomes. In this self-paced eLearning course, participants will actively engage with content to learn how to find the right physician leader and the skills needed, to build a value-based, patient-centric supply chain program. Learn best practice models and guidelines your team can manipulate to fit your own organization’s unique needs.
AHRMM Members Receive $200 off Registration at the UDI Conference
Join AHRMM at the 2017 UDI Conference, June 7-8, at the Hilton Baltimore, M.D. AHRMM is the lead content sponsor at the UDI Conference - the only event dedicated to guidance and training for those impacted by the UDI Regulation.
AHRMM has negotiated a significant discount for AHRMM members and participants in the Learning UDI Community (LUC) to save $200 off the registration rate. To receive the special rate, enter LUC in the discount field during online registration.
Team registrations are encouraged. If two or more from the same company are planning to attend, contact nicole@clariongroupinc.com to get a discount code. Please note only one discount code can be applied per registration.
Webinar on May 24 - Turning Vendor Reviews into Growth Opportunities
Building a Better Vendor Scorecard
Hear from industry leaders at Mayo Clinic as they share how Mayo Clinic is strengthening their supplier relationships in each major contracting category, using their newly created interactive scorecard.
House Passes Legislation to Repeal Parts of the ACA
The House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act, legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. The bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, would make significant changes to the Medicaid program, including repealing the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and cutting nearly $840 billion from the program. An amendment by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) also would allow states to waive certain insurance rules and consumer protections required under the ACA, specifically those related to essential health benefits and community rating, thereby impacting pre-existing conditions. An additional amendment by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) would establish an $8 billion fund for states that receive waivers for community rating to help individuals with pre-existing conditions. In a statement, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said, “America’s hospitals and health systems are deeply disappointed in the House passage of the AHCA because it will jeopardize health coverage for millions of Americans. Despite last-minute changes, the proposal eliminates essential protections for older and sicker patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, such as cancer patients and the chronically ill. It does little to help the 24 million Americans who would be left without coverage following repeal and makes deep cuts to Medicaid, which provides essential services for the disabled, poor and elderly people in this country. As the backbone of our nation’s health safety net, America’s hospitals and health systems — which include more than 270,000 affiliated physicians and 2 million nurses and other caregivers — believe it’s vital that Medicaid be protected. We urge the Senate to restart and reset the discussion in a manner that provides coverage to those who need it and ensures that the most vulnerable are not left behind.”
Source: AHA News Now - May 4, 2017
Medical Device Safety and Recalls
Medtronic Recalls HeartWare Splice Kit Intended to Repair the Driveline of its Ventricular Assist Device Because it May Cause Electrical Issues or Pump Stops. Read the recall.
Medtronic Mechanical Circulatory Support (formerly HeartWare Inc.) Expands Recall for Ventricular Assist Device Controllers and DC Adapter. Read the recall.
Newport Medical Instruments Inc. Recalls Newport™ HT70 & Newport™ HT70 Plus Ventilators Due to a Software Issue which May Cause an Unexpected Shutdown without Alarm. Read the recall.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest Bulletin – May 5 & 6, 2017
'Long-awaited' CDC Guidelines on SSI Prevention Released
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated evidence-based recommendations for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs). The guidelines cover 14 core areas and are intended for incorporation into existing surgical quality improvement programs for greater patient safety. The 2017 recommendations, published online in JAMA Surgery, supersede the CDC's 1999 SSI guidelines, which were published before the routine use of evidence-based grading.
Source: HPN Daily Update – May 5, 2017
Study Estimates Potential Cost of Zika in Certain States, Scenarios
A Zika outbreak that infected from 0.01% to 10% of the population in six U.S. states could cost from $183 million to $10.3 billion, researchers estimate in a study reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study estimates direct medical costs, Medicaid costs and productivity losses for outbreaks of that size in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. “As the Zika virus epidemic continues to spread internationally, countries such as the United States must determine how much to invest in prevention, control and response,” the authors said. “Fundamental to these decisions is quantifying the potential economic burden of Zika under different scenarios.”
Source: AHA News Now – May 3, 2017
Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Article Highlight
UDI: Ready or Not Here It Comes
By Robert Taylor, CMRP, AHRMM Board Member
SCSS Article Highlight
Although a tremendous amount of time and effort would be necessary to fully appreciate all of the nuances of UDI, the core of the message is that for years we have clamored in healthcare about how having standard nomenclature would help us do our jobs, and now it is not only available but mandatory. Read the full article.
The May/June digital edition of the AHRMM member-only magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Read the issue focusing on UDI in Healthcare.
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