June 2, 2015
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1. AHRMM15: Moving from Silos to Interdisciplinary Engagement
Today's healthcare delivery model requires collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that spans across functions, departments, and professional levels. 
How do you create an integrated, cross-functional alignment and successfully manage it in your healthcare organization? 
Join more than 1,000 healthcare supply chain professionals at AHRMM15 to find out and leave the conference ready to build your own organizational engagement in creative and innovative ways. 
AHRMM's 53rd Annual Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12, in Indianapolis, will explore key ideas, trends, and best practices around building strategic stakeholder engagement, with an emphasis on supply chain perspective. Take advantage of a three-day, concurrent session format to hear from leading experts in healthcare supply chain. Make the most of ample networking opportunities to connect with other attendees who help each other solve work challenges and exchange best practices.
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2. One Week Left to Register for the CMRP Exam Overview 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. Local AHRMM Chapter News Is Now Available
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
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4. Term of the Week
Critical Access Hospital: A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a hospital that is certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. The reimbursement that CAHs receive is intended to improve their financial performance and thereby reduce hospital closures. CAHs may have a maximum of 25 acute care inpatient beds and must provide 24-hour emergency services, with medical staff on-site; or on-call and available on-site within 30 minutes unless other remote criteria apply.
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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5. CMS Issues 2013 Data on Medicare Service Use, Payments for Hospitals, Physicians
Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released 2013 data on average charges and payments for hospitals, physicians and other suppliers under Medicare Parts A and B. The annual update includes hospital-specific data for the 100 most common inpatient Diagnosis-Related Groups and 30 select outpatient Ambulatory Payment Classifications, and physician/supplier-specific data for services and products using the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System.
Source: AHA News Now – June 1, 2015
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6. CMS Issues Proposed Rule for Medicaid, CHIP Managed Care Plans
On May 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule that would update Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care regulations to better align them with existing commercial, Marketplace and Medicare Advantage regulations. The proposed rule, which is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade, includes updates to managed care provider networks, quality measures, external quality review, and beneficiary rights and protections. In addition, CMS proposes to add new requirements for medical loss ratios for managed care plans, implement best practices identified in existing managed long-term care services and support programs, require states to develop a Medicaid managed care quality rating system for health plans, and permit managed care flexibility for enrollees aged 21 to 64 in short-term inpatient or sub-acute institutions for mental disease. For more information, see the CMS factsheet
Source: AHA News Now – May 26, 2015
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7. Medical Recall
Carefusion Provides Update on Voluntary Global Recall of Avea® Ventilator
CareFusion, a BD company (NYSE:BDX), provided an update on a global voluntary recall that was initiated on April 21, 2015 to address an issue with certain units of AVEA® ventilators. The recall has been designated as a Class I recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means the Agency believes that there is a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest - May 29, 2015
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8. Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Digital Edition – Article Highlight
Debate continues around where we are now with regards to healthcare reform and supply chain for good reason. Our healthcare industry is addressing radically changing strategies with ever-increasing regulations, rapidly declining reimbursement and new payment methodologies with evolving cultures demanding healthcare cost be reduced.
By Brent Petty, CMRP
As an AHRMM member you always have access to the digital edition of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine.  Access articles from the current May/June issue at any time under the members only tab on AHRMM's homepage.
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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 4,300 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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