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The Value Cycle: Leveraging Supply Data for Success in a Value-Based World
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Provide Insight on Service Contracting for the University of Houston
The University of Houston is launching a national study on service contracting (i.e., service procurement) on Wednesday, June 8 and will be asking for your participation in this study.  Provider members (those members working for a healthcare provider organization) will receive an email invitation tomorrow with instructions for how to participate. Your response will be invaluable in helping the University of Houston team understand the best practices of service contracting in hospitals and benchmark these practices across different industries (e.g. healthcare, oil and gas, and manufacturing).

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  Your responses will be kept confidential and results will only be reported in aggregate.  A detailed report of the national survey results will be provided to participants once the study is completed. Six $25 Amazon gift cards will be randomly awarded to survey participants. 
Provider members will receive the invitation via email on June 8th, 2016. Please note that the invitation link in the email is unique to you and should not be forwarded. You may exit and return to the survey as your time allows using that unique link.

The survey will close on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.  Please take the time to submit your feedback before that date.

Your participation is greatly appreciated

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.

CMS Issues Final Rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday released a final rule that makes technical changes to the way financial targets are calculated for accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. CMS will account for differences in regional healthcare spending when updating ACOs’ financial targets, rather than considering only an ACO’s historical financial performance. As urged by the AHA, CMS will phase in the new methodology to allow ACOs time to adjust over several performance periods. CMS also finalized an option to encourage ACOs that renew participation in the MSSP to accelerate their acceptance of performance-based risk. For more information, see the CMS factsheet.
Source: AHA News Now – June 6, 2016

FEMA: National Preparedness Continues to Improve, but Challenges Remain
The nation continued to strengthen its preparedness in 2015, but some challenges persist and new ones have emerged, according to the 2016 National Preparedness Report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Planning; public health, healthcare and emergency medical services; and risk and disaster resilience assessment are three core capabilities in which the nation has developed acceptable levels of performance for critical tasks, but that face performance declines if not maintained and updated to address emerging challenges,” the report states. In addition, the report continues to call for national improvement in cybersecurity, economic recovery, housing and infrastructure systems, and identifies natural and cultural resources and supply chain integrity and security as new areas for improvement.
Source: AHA News Now – June 3, 2016

Alert from GEDSA: Final Draft of ISO 80369-3 Passes
As part of an effort to prevent wrong route delivery of fluids and gases (tubing misconnections) over the past several years there has been an ongoing joint effort by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to address small-bore connectors for healthcare applications. GEDSA has received notification from The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) that the Final Draft International Standard (ISO/FDIS 80369-3) has received a positive passing vote and will move forward to publication. Publication and US FDA recognition is anticipated sometime this summer. Learn more at www.GEDSA.org.
Source: GEDSA – Stay Connected 2016 – May 31, 2016

HHS: Hospital EHR Use, Data Exchange Continue to Climb
An estimated 84% of non-federal acute care hospitals had at least a basic electronic health record in 2015, up from 76% in 2014 and 28% in 2011, according to a report released on May 31, 2016 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. With respect to interoperability, 26% of hospitals could electronically find patient health information and send, receive and use patient summary of care records from sources outside their health system in 2015. Interoperability increased in all areas except the ability to integrate data without manual entry. Among other barriers to electric health information exchange, nearly half of hospitals continue to report greater challenges exchanging data across different vendor platforms and one-third report difficulty matching or identifying patients. The findings are from the Information Technology Supplement to the AHA Annual Survey.
Source: AHA News Now – May 31, 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: Exploring Different Approaches for Engaging Physician Leaders to Deliver Cost-Effective and High-Quality Care
By: AHRMM Board Member, Jimmy Y. Chung, MD, FACS, CHCQM
SCS&S Article Highlight

The evolution of our healthcare system from a volume-based to a value-based model is driving provider organizations to adopt patient-centric, outcomes-based success metrics for operational processes in both acute and non-acute settings. How to define, develop, and integrate these physician leaders into this model is a new challenge that all organizations must now face.
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