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Action Needed: FDA Questions Who Should Maintain Medical Equipment
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking comments on whether hospital employees, vendors, and others should be allowed to perform service and repair activities on medical equipment—or whether original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) should be the only ones performing these activities. The FDA has published questions about medical equipment maintenance in the Federal Register and is seeking comments on this important issue.
AHRMM urges all its members to submit comments before the June 3 deadline*.  Comments can be submitted online by following the instructions listed in the FDA’s request for comments.
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*The original deadline for submitting comments was May 3 (and that date is still listed in the original request for comments) but the FDA later issued an extension changing the deadline by June 3.

Eliminating Inefficiencies in the Management of Surgical Implants
On June 7, learn how several healthcare providers have lowered their total cost of medical devices using an alternative, cost-saving approach to managing, sourcing, and distributing implants. This alternative model can be applied to healthcare systems that value the clinical support provided by medical device reps, as well as systems interested in migrating to a “rep-less” support model.
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AHRMM's Top Initiatives for Advancing the Healthcare Supply Chain
AHRMM’s senior director of supply chain, Mike Schiller, CMRP, discusses the organization’s top initiatives and advocacy efforts with Health Facilities Management. If hospitals are going to cut costs while improving quality and outcomes, supply chain professionals must be fully engaged. Read the full interview.

New On-Demand - Privacy and Security in a Digitally Connected World 
Free On-Demand 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. 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. Access recording. 

AHRQ Issues Patient Safety Act Guidance for PSOs, Providers
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Office for Civil Rights Friday issued guidance to clarify what qualifies as Patient Safety Work Product under its final rule implementing the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, and how healthcare providers can satisfy both the rule and external reporting or record keeping obligations. The law provides legal and confidentiality protections for PSWP, including information that healthcare providers report to Patient Safety Organizations to improve quality and patient safety.
Source: AHA News Now – May 23, 2016

U.S. Monitoring 279 Pregnant Women with Possible Zika in States and Territories
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring 279 pregnant women in U.S. states and territories with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection, according to a report released on May 20 on data from the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry and Puerto Rico Zika Active Pregnancy Surveillance System. The total includes 157 women in the states and 122 in the territories. The surveillance systems monitor pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible infection, whether or not they report symptoms. As of May 12, the majority of cases reported to the U.S. registry (for states and territories other than Puerto Rico) are associated with travel, but it also includes cases of sexual transmission and local transmission from the territories. The agency plans to update the counts weekly on its website.
Source: AHA News Now – May 20, 2016
Intalere CEO, Brent Johnson, to Retire
Brent Johnson, the outspoken CEO of Intalere, retired this week after almost a year at the helm. The company made the announcement at its membership meeting last Wednesday.

The St. Louis-based group purchasing organization, formerly known as Amerinet, said that Julius Heil, a supply-chain consultant and former executive, will serve as CEO, effective May 23. Johnson will stay on as an adviser until July 1, at which point he plans to retire to serve in a mission for the Mormon Church in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Source: Modern Healthcare – May 19, 2016
Brent Johnson has made significant contributions to AHRMM and the healthcare supply chain field. Brent has served on the AHRMM Board of Directors and was Chair of the Annual Conference Education Committee. Last year at AHRMM15, Brent received the George R. Gossett Leadership Award. We thank Brent Johnson for his leadership and commitment to AHRMM, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors!
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