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National Healthcare Supply Chain Week 2016 Logo and Theme Winner
Sponsored by AHRMM, National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) provides an opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare industry.
 
Since SC Week is dedicated to healthcare supply chain professionals, AHRMM opened up the opportunity for members to vote on this year’s SC Week theme. And the winner is.. 
Supply Chain: Leading Change. Advancing Healthcare.
 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for more information, and mark your calendars to celebrate SC Week October 2-8!
 
SC Week 2016 Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to help us honor your profession during SC Week 2016!  AHRMM will announce when SC Week merchandise with this year’s theme and logo are available to purchase.

Privacy and Security in a Digitally Connected World 
Free Webinar in Collaboration with HIMSS
Beyond the technology challenges, hospitals and healthcare systems must also comply with an increasingly complex regulatory landscape. It starts with technology and regulatory compliance, but it also relies on both people and process change, within your own organization and those of your business partners. On May 18, hear from the chief privacy and security officer at a national healthcare system on what you can do to protect your organization and your patients.
 
Learn More and Register Today!

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
Submissions are due May 16, 2016. 

Visit www.ahrmm.org/share-practices for more information including requirements and helpful documents for submission. 

INDUSTRY NEWS
FDA Backs Off on Endoscope Recall
The FDA has dropped the recall of Custom Ultrasonic's automated endoscope reprocessors. This recall was originally issued by the FDA in November 2015, citing continued violations by Custom Ultrasonics that could put patients at increased infection risk.  Now the FDA has backed off, saying the company's signature product, the System 83 Plus machine, can remain in the field while regulatory issues are being addressed.
 
Regulators and the company said these sophisticated washing machines known as Automated Endoscope Reprocessors (AERs) still cannot be used to disinfect a specific type of gastrointestinal scope called a duodenoscope that's been tied to 41 infection outbreaks worldwide and at least 24 deaths in the U.S. But the machines can be used to wash other endoscopes, despite the company's history of regulatory troubles since 2007.
 
Source: HPN Daily Update – May 10, 2016

CMS to Consider Flexibility for Meaningful Use
Patrick Conway, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer, last week indicated that the agency will consider giving hospitals more flexibility in meeting the meaningful use criteria in the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program to better align with recent proposed changes to physician requirements, according to press reports. Six senators, led by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, have asked CMS for comment on their draft legislation, which would direct the agency to consider a hospital meeting 75% of the requirements to have achieved meaningful use.
 
Source: AHA News Now – May 5, 2016

CMS Issues Final Rule Updating Medicare/Medicaid Fire Safety Standards
On May 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule adopting the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 Life Safety Code (with minor amendments) and most chapters of its 2012 Health Care Facilities Code for hospitals, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, inpatient hospice facilities and certain other facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The LSC includes general requirements for all new and existing buildings, while the HCFC contains more detailed provisions for healthcare building systems and equipment. While the LSC is updated every three years, CMS currently uses the 2000 edition of the code. In addition to adopting the 2012 LSC and HCFC, the final rule will align certain requirements more closely to NFPA standards than originally proposed.
 
Source: AHA News Now – May 3, 2016

Six Marked by Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership as Future Famers
The Bellwether League Inc., Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, recognized six professionals for their stellar contributions to supply chain operations during the first decade of their respective careers.

The Future Famers Class of 2016 includes the following individuals who have made significant strides in the healthcare supply chain industry so early in their employment:
  • Jimmy Henderson, Materials Manager, Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro (AR)
  • Nisha Lulla, Associate Vice President, Operations, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • Catherine “Kate” Polczyinski, Director, Procurement, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA
  • Rob Proctor, Regional Vice President, Owens & Minor Inc., Nashville
  • Baljeet Sangha, Associate Administrator, Supply Chain, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and Associate Administrator, Business Operations, San Francisco Health Network
  • Erik Walerius, Chief Supply Chain Officer, University of Washington Medicine, Seattle
The newest Future Famers will be recognized during the 9th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner, Monday, October 3, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, in Rosemont, IL, near Chicago.
 
Source: Bellwether League Inc. – May 3, 2016

Celebrate National Hospital Week May 8 - 14
National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.

Take this year’s National Hospital Week as an opportunity to thank all of the dedicated individuals – physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more – for their contributions.
 
Click here for ways to celebrate and participate in National Hospital Week with the AHA.

FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
Get Connected through the AHRMM Mentor Program
Available only to AHRMM members, the AHRMM Mentor Program provides a six-month platform for healthcare supply chain professionals to connect with more experienced professionals in the field. There’s nothing more valuable than experience, and AHRMM can help you make the connections you need to tap into the wealth of knowledge available in the healthcare supply chain. 
 
Learn more today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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