May 12, 2015
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1.  AHRMM15 Early Bird Discount Ends this Friday
Register by Friday, 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.
There are only four days left until Early Bird registration rate ends this Friday, May 15. 
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.
Topics covered: 
  • Value Analysis
  • Lean/Six Sigma
  • Building Cross-Departmental Teams
  • Physician Preference Items
  • Contracting
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Reprocessing
  • UDI Implementation
  • GS1 Standards
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Management
  • Pandemic Readiness
AHRMM's Annual Conference & Exhibition is a gathering of professionals dedicated to self-development and advancement of the healthcare supply chain.  We count on your participation to prepare for the challenges ahead and to ensure progress of the field. 
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2. Get Prepared for Your CMRP Exam with this Webinar Series
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. Upcoming Event for AHRMM Members in Texas: HIMSS Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter Procurement Roundtable
Attention AHRMM Members in Texas!  The HIMSS Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter is hosting a Procurement Roundtable on May 22. Register now to attend event featuring a panel of healthcare supply chain leaders.
Leading the Way: Today’s Supply Chain is tasked to deliver the highest quality patient care at an affordable cost. Medical devices, equipment, information systems, services and materials; Is there any aspect of patient care that does not depend upon an consistent, competent and cost effect Supply Chain strategy? Join us for an opportunity to see behind the curtain and explore the daily challenges of some of the most accomplished Healthcare Leaders in the region; what are their secrets for navigating the ever changing climate of healthcare and what are the challenges they look to overcome over the coming year?  
May 22, 2015, 11:30 am -  1:30 pm , CT
Dallas Marriott Suites 
Medical/Market Center
2493 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
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5. AHRMM Fellow Paper Topic Suggestions Now Available
The designation of AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) recognizes current AHRMM members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the materials management field. Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP), FAHRMM status is given to active members who have excelled in specific areas and have submitted an acceptable, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
To assist candidates in this process the Fellow Review Committee has compiled a list of possible topics for consideration by candidates. Click here to access the Fellow paper topics. 
For more information on the AHRMM Fellow Program, visit www.ahrmm.org/Fellow
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6. Apply to Be a Candidate 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 nominations 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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7. Term of the Week
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Healthcare. The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) certifies energy efficient and sustainability of buildings. The program provides incentives for hospitals to design and operate facilities that meet their standards for certification. While many of the standards for healthcare are the same as other new construction, the program takes into account the distinctive qualities of hospitals especially the fact that they are open and operational 24 hours per day.
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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8. WHO Declares Liberia Ebola Free
The World Health Organization Saturday declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission, which it called “a monumental achievement for a country that reported the highest number of deaths in the largest, longest and most complex outbreak since Ebola first emerged in 1976.” Liberia’s last case was a woman in the Monrovia area who developed symptoms on March 20 and died March 27. The 332 people who may have been exposed to the patient were released from surveillance after none developed symptoms.
Source: AHA News Now – May 11, 2015
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9. CMS Issues Videos on ICD-10 Payment Impact, Testing
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a 29-minute video on estimating the impact of the transition to ICD-10 on Medicare inpatient hospital payments. In addition, the agency released a seven-minute video on Medicare’s testing plan for ICD-10. The Medicare Learning Network videos were recorded during a March 18 meeting of CMS’ ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee. Under a final rule issued last year, healthcare providers must begin including ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on Medicare and other healthcare claims on Oct 1. AHA members can access an updated Executive Action Guide to help with the transition to ICD-10, and visit the CMS website for more information and resources. 
Source: AHA News Now – May 8, 2015
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10. Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting – Guidance Document
Active Shooter events are becoming increasingly more common, and while there have been recommendations on how to respond since 2008, these guidelines focused on schools, government, and business settings. In January of 2014, the HPH SCC released “Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting”. That draft document was the first comprehensive guidance written for healthcare facilities to prevent, respond to, and recover from an active shooter event. This updated document expands upon the initial draft document to include law enforcement tactics and integrated medical and mental health response.
We hope as you read, review, and implement your own plan, you will provide feedback to our team, so this may become a living document, providing the latest information and guidance to our healthcare community. Feedback may be sent to codeready@hcahealthcare.com. Thank you for all the work you do in keeping our patients, staff, and visitors safe.
We also encourage you to review the healthcare active shooter video produced by the MESH Coalition. MESH, Inc. is an innovative non-profit, public-private coalition located in Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis) that enables healthcare providers to respond effectively to emergency events, and remain viable through recovery. For more information on the coalition, please visit http://www.meshcoalition.org
Source: Healthcare and Public Health Sector (HSCC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Partnership – May 6, 2015
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11. CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measures for 2016 Reporting
On May 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted its annual update to the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures. Eligible hospitals and professionals will use the updated specifications to electronically report eCQMs for CMS quality reporting programs in calendar year 2016, including the Physician Quality Reporting System and the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. CMS updates the specifications annually to incorporate changes in clinical guidelines and code systems.
Source: AHA News Now – May 5, 2015
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12. DCH Health System Saves More than $5 Million in Supply Costs (Sponsored Content)
Nina Dusang, chief financial officer for Alabama-based DCH Health System, found a promising opportunity to offset reimbursement reductions and pension funding requirement modifications. She also realized tackling changes of this magnitude would take active involvement from the board, leadership team, physicians, and vendors. With VHA’s help, DCH proactively cut more than $5 million during an initial 12-month effort without impacting staff, limiting services, or sacrificing quality.
The cost-cutting goal had to be extreme with such huge reimbursement reductions on the horizon. The teams identified potential savings that added up to the aggressive $5 million goal.
VHA experts worked with DCH using evidence-based practices, data analytics and clinical knowledge to recommend supply cost improvements–especially in the physician preference area. The consultants provided facts and defined daily processes. For example, some vendors bypassed materials managers and went straight to physicians to introduce products. To change that habit, DCH created a quiet period when vendors could only contact the onsite VHA purchasing representative until pricing was negotiated.
Read the full white paper on how DCH went beyond a cost-cutting exercise to develop trusting relationships with physicians and vendors that will help sustain savings and create opportunities for future system wide cost lowering.
This white paper is provided by VHA.
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13. Medical Recall
Teva Parenteral Medicines Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select Lots of Adrucil® (fluorouracil Injection, Usp) 5 G/100 Ml (50 Mg/ml) Due to Particulate Matter
On May 4, Teva Parenteral Medicines announced a voluntary recall of eight lots of Adrucil® (fluorouracil injection, USP) 5 g/100 mL (50 mg/mL) due to the potential presence of particulate matter identified as aggregate of silicone rubber pieces from a filler diaphragm and fluorouracil crystals.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – May 6, 2015
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14. Advance Your Career Through the AHRMM Mentor Program
Connect with the mentor who has a skill or knowledge in an area you’ve identified as key to your career development. Get assistance with career planning, discuss a particularly challenging work issue, develop real solutions, and uncover missing tools and resources. Effective mentor/mentee relationships are being formed every day through the AHRMM Mentor Program. Why wait?
Mentor relationships are established for six months at a time. The specific goals and amount of time needed to participate in the program can vary by individual. The program is flexible enough for you to customize the experience to exactly what you would like. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders of the healthcare supply chain field. The program is FREE and only available to AHRMM Members!
Give it a try today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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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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