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AHRMM16: A Year's Worth of Networking and Professional Training in Four Days
Interested in getting in-depth knowledge on clinical resource management, value analysis, logistics, procure to pay, strategic sourcing, and technology? Join us at AHRMM16 Conference & Exhibition - a forum for supply chain professionals to share expertise and experience, and support and mentor one another along the way.
In addition to abundant networking events, you can expect four days of insightful keynotes, 55+ practical learning labs, and vendor presentations on the solutions you need to improve and streamline your operations.
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Invitation to Participate: Supply Chain Information Governance Survey
The University Of Tennessee Knoxville Haslam School Of Business is conducting a survey on supply chain information governance. The survey will capture your responses pertaining to supply chain information governance strategy and decision-making structure, and information quality and sharing. Your participation in this study will help promote a deeper understanding of performance implications (in terms of cost, quality, and outcomes) associated with governing supply chain information flows in healthcare organizations. Your participation involves responding to a series of questions in the form of an online survey. The survey should take approximately 15 to 25 minutes. The survey also collects your organization’s information. This information will be only used to link the survey responses for your organization with publicly available financial and quality information about your organization. 
AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Resource and Materials Management (CMRP) credential in April 2016:
  • Yonatan Aizer, New York, NY
  • Olivia Beatty Charlotte, NC
  • Katelyn Bermudez, Portland, ME
  • Tasha Boyd, New Castle, IN 
  • Rod Couch, Carmel, IN
  • Colleen Cunningham, West Dennis, MA
  • Cheryle Gerig, Auburn, IN
  • Susan Greene, Aurora, CO
  • Laura Grijalva, Delano, CA
  • Andrea Hunnicutt, Albuquerque, NM
  • Laura Lashbrooks, Bloomington, IN
  • Daniel Lee, Arlington, TX
  • Jessica Martinez, Coppell,TX
  • Robert Muto, Ozone Park, NY
  • Joseph Rahusen, Montclair, NJ
  • Craig Reynolds, Dayton, OH
  • Shelby Shitabata, Honolulu, HI
  • Mark Wakefield, Atoka, TN
  • William Washer, Madison, MS

House and Senate to Consider Zika Emergency Funding Bills
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) yesterday introduced legislation that would repurpose $622.1 million in funding for Ebola and the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare for and respond to the Zika virus through September. He said the bill likely will be considered in the House this week. Leaders of the Senate Labor, HHS Appropriations Subcommittee last week announced a separate agreement to provide $1.1 billion in emergency funding for Zika, which will be considered in the Senate this week as part of the appropriations bill for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.
Source: AHA News Now – May 16, 2016

CDC Announces Zika Preparedness Funds
Fifty-three U.S. states, cities and territories with mosquitos that could carry Zika virus can apply through June 13 for a portion of $25 million in fiscal year 2016 funding to prepare and respond to a potential outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on May 13. Recipients can use the funds to identify and investigate a possible Zika outbreak in their communities; coordinate a response across the government, healthcare and other partners; and identify and connect affected families to community services, the agency said. It expects to award the grants around Aug. 1. Earlier this year, states and cities participating in the Epidemiology and Lab Capacity program became eligible for more than $60 million to build laboratory capacity, enhance surveillance, improve mosquito control, keep blood supplies safe, and contribute data to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy registry. Applications for those funds are due May 27 and will be disbursed this summer. For more information, visit www.grants.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – May 13, 2016

Joint Commission Follows CMS, Adopts 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code
The Joint Commission announced it will follow suit with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and adopt the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Life Safety code, effective July 5.
The final rule requires hospitals to follow the 2012 versions of both the LS Code and the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code referenced in the LS Code. The rule adopts most of the proposals that CMS made in 2014, however, CMS removed a proposed requirement for hospitals to install smoke-purging systems in operating rooms. 
Source: Health Facilities Management This Week – May 13, 2016

ONC Announces Funding to Test Health IT Interoperability Standards
On May 9, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced $1.5 million in funding to test selected clinical interoperability standards for health IT in priority areas, such as medication management, laboratory data exchange and care coordination. Applicants must use “best available” standards, implementation guides and emerging alternatives identified in the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. Letters of intent to apply are due June 10, and applications are due July 8. ONC expects to fund three to seven High Impact Pilot projects ranging from $100,000 to $500,000, and three to five Standards Exploration Award projects ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. For more information, ONC will host a May 23 webinar on the HIP funding and a May 26 webinar on the SEA funding.
Source: AHA News Now – May 10, 2016

Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions May/June Issue
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
Article Highlight: A Path to Physician Engagement
A Road that Must be Traveled
By: AHRMM Board Member, Teresa L. Dail, RN, BSN
SCS&S Article Highlight

We have moved past focusing solely on the cost of the product to the total episode of care. Conversations now center on the profile of care, the differences between physicians in similar populations, the drivers of expense, and the outcome data.

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