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Report from the May 2016 AHRMM Board Meeting is Now Available
Download the AHRMM Board Meeting Overview Report from May 12-13, 2016 here.
 
The report, compiled after each board meeting, is intended to keep members, chapter leaders, and collaborators informed about the work of the AHRMM Board. You can search previous Board Meeting Overview reports in the Leadership section on the AHRMM website.

Term of the Month
Infomediation: In healthcare, this term describes the move among some consulting firms and analytics companies to mesh the plethora of new, publicly available Medicare, Medicaid, and other payer data about healthcare cost, quality, and services. The purpose is to help draw conclusions about efficiency that physicians and hospitals can use to select participants in their networks and assess provider performance that can help in contract negotiations. Big health plans use infomediation to determine factors influencing population health such as which patients are at higher risk of readmission, which post-discharge settings have better outcomes, and which physicians are most cost-effective in their treatment choices. The data can also reveal who is billing at the highest levels.
 
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!
INDUSTRY NEWS
Class I Recall: Medtronic Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions Recalls Battery Pack
Medtronic Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions is recalling the battery packs due to a manufacturing defect that causes an increase in temperature within battery that may cause a fire in the system monitor. The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.
 
The recall is for the battery pack used on Capnostream 20 and Capnostream 20p Patient Monitors, with model numbers 016400 and 010520 and manufactured between April 1, 2014 - February 3, 2016.
Source: HPN Daily Update – May 31, 2016

E coli Gene that Can Spread Antibiotic Resistance Discovered in U.S. Patient
The Department of Defense’s Multidrug-resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network has identified the first bacteria in the U.S. with a gene that confers resistance to colistin, an antibiotic used to treat multidrug-resistant infections, the Department of Health and Human Services announced on May 26. The mcr-1 gene, which is capable of spreading antibiotic resistance between different species of bacteria, was found in E coli bacteria in a patient treated in an outpatient military facility in Pennsylvania, as well as in a pig intestine. The gene was first discovered last November in China and also has been detected in Europe and Canada. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with DoD, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and others to determine whether any close contacts of the patient, including healthcare contacts, may have been at risk for transmitting the bacteria. The Department of Agriculture also is working to determine the pig’s farm of origin.
 
Source: AHA News Now – May 27, 2016

NQF, CDC Issue Guide to Promote Appropriate Use of Antibiotics in Hospitals
The National Quality Forum, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Hospital Corporation of America last week released a “Practical Playbook” for creating or enhancing hospital antibiotic stewardship programs. The guide reviews and provides examples of the CDC’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs, potential barriers and solutions, and sample tools and resources for implementation. “Acute-care hospitals play a critical role in the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics, and the Playbook provides a comprehensive and practical plan for hospitals to implement stewardship programs that can help improve patient outcomes and reduce antibiotic resistance,” said Edward Septimus, M.D., medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology at HCA and co-chair of NQF’s National Quality Partners antibiotic stewardship action team.
 
Source: AHA News Now – May 25, 2016

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AHRMM Request for Proposal (RFP) Library
The AHRMM RFP Library offers exclusive access to various RFPs that have been shared on the AHRMM Member ListServ or submitted via email to the ARHMM inbox.  
 
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