May 19, 2015
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1. AHRMM 2016 Board of Directors Applications Due Friday
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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2. CMRP Exam Overview Series Kicks off in Three Weeks
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 Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in April 2015:
  • Gerard Crosbie, Wall Township, NJ
  • Sean Farley, Peyton, CO
  • Nicole Garces, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Kathy Harlan, Dallas, TX
  • Travis Johnson, Henderson, KY
  • Kathy Miller, Fleete-wood, NC
  • Mariela Reyes, Falls Church, VA
  • Francis Scharp, New York, NY
  • Scott Schroeder, Richardson, TX
  • Lori Tuell, Tempe, AZ
  • Jill Weingrow, New York, NY
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6. Term of the Week
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as coronary angioplasty or simply angioplasty is one therapeutic procedure used to treat the stenotic (narrowed) coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease These narrowed segments are due to the buildup of cholesterol-laden plaques that form due to atherosclerosis.  PCI is usually performed by an interventional cardiologist
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 Alerts Providers to Safety Concern with SGLT2 Diabetes Medications
The Food and Drug Administration Friday warned that the type 2 diabetes medicines canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin may lead to ketoacidosis, a serious condition that may require hospitalization. “We are continuing to investigate this safety issue and will determine whether changes are needed in the prescribing information for this class of drugs, called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors,” FDA said. The agency advised healthcare professionals to evaluate patients who experience symptoms for the presence of acidosis and discontinue SGLT2 inhibitors if confirmed, among other actions. It also urged health care professionals and patients to report side effects involving SGLT2 inhibitors to the FDA MedWatch program.
Source: AHA News Now – May 18, 2015
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8. CMS to Transition Physician Quality Reporting System to Enterprise Portal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will transition the Physician Quality Reporting System to its Enterprise Identity Management System on July 13. Existing PQRS users, their data and roles will be moved to a new “PQRS Portal” portion of the CMS Enterprise Portal at portal.cms.gov, where they can then submit data, access reports and conduct other administrative and maintenance activities. For a smooth transition, they should ensure that their Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) account is active, current and accessible. New PQRS users will need to register for an EIDM account. For additional assistance regarding IACS or EIDM, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 866-288-8912 or qnetsupport@hcqis.org.
Source: AHA News Now – May 15, 2015
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9. FDA Alerts Healthcare Facilities to Infusion Pump Cybersecurity Vulnerability
On May 13, the Food and Drug Administration issued recommendations for healthcare facilities to reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities identified in two computerized infusion pumps made by Hospira. The Hospira LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 Infusion Pump Systems are computerized infusion pumps designed for the continuous delivery of anesthetic or therapeutic drugs. The systems can be programmed remotely through a healthcare facility’s Ethernet or wireless network. An independent researcher has released information about security vulnerabilities that could allow an unauthorized user to interfere with the pump’s functioning. FDA said it is not aware of any adverse events or unauthorized device access related to the vulnerabilities, and will communicate any new information about patient risks or additional steps users should take to secure these devices as it becomes available. For additional information or questions about the infusion pumps, contact Hospira at 800-241-4002.
Source: AHA News Now – May 14, 2015
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10. 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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11. New CQO Movement Case Study: Providence Health & Services
Through its CQO initiatives, Providence has improved process efficiency, driven down costs, and enhanced its delivery of patient care. Read how the organization improved inventory management in the nursing units, enhanced the purchasing, billing and reimbursement processes by implementing an electronic medical record, and standardized products and services through partnering with clinicians.
AHRMM has worked with several healthcare supply chain teams to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement. Click here to read more case studies to learn how other supply chain professionals work at the intersection of CQO to reduce costs while improving patient care and driving greater financial outcomes for their organizations.   These CQO case studies are a member-only resource.
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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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