June 9, 2015
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1. Top Five Reasons to Attend AHRMM15
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. 
Develop New Skills
Attend Learning Labs and Pre-Conference educational sessions and workshops to discover new best practices and success strategies.
Build Your Network
Catch up with colleagues and make new connections that can be the start of long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. Meet face-to-face with thought leaders, subject matter experts, and peers to exchange experiences, ideas, and best practices.
Hear from Dynamic, Innovative Speakers
Tap into the knowledge of field experts, fellow healthcare supply chain professionals, and executives.
Discover New Products and Solutions
Explore and discuss the latest supply chain trends, products, and solutions to see if they may bring efficiency for your healthcare organization
Uncover AHRMM Member Benefits
Meet AHRMM's Board, volunteers, and staff and learn how AHRMM can help you advance your career, support your profession, and keep in touch with your professional community.
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2. Free Webinar Tomorrow – Item Master Data Quality for EHR Implementations
Cost, Quality, and Outcomes Movement Webinar: Part 3
Presented by AHRMM and HIMSS
Good, clean supply data is critical and integral to successful EHR implementations, but unfortunately, many healthcare systems suffer from “dirty’ data in their item masters, and other critical databases.   This webinar will provide best practices for leveraging existing resources, data standards, and technology to tackle this challenge.
Date: June 10, 2015
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (12:00 pm EST, 9:00 am PST)
Cost: FREE!
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3. Annual UDI Conference – AHRMM Hosting Provider Track
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 be able to provide our 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.
For additional conference details and the most up-to-date information, please visit:
For information on the FDA UDI Rule & GUDID Guidance, visit www.FDA.gov/UDI.
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4. Action Requested: Protect Wireless Patient Monitoring Devices from Interference
In collaboration with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), AHRMM is extending a call to action for AHRMM members to connect with their colleagues including biomedical, IT, engineering, risk management, and clinical team members to contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ask them to protect wireless patient monitoring devices from harmful interference. For years, hospitals have used wireless patient monitoring devices registered with the wireless medical telemetry system (WMTS). The FCC has long protected spectrum space for WMTS devices, but pressure is mounting for the FCC to allow this space to be shared with other devices. A coalition of companies seeking expanded broadband access across the country wants the FCC to open spectrum space previously reserved for only patient monitoring devices. The pressure is building to share space and hospitals must speak up soon to urge the FCC to prioritize patient care over other interests.
AHRMM members are urged to write a letter to the FCC about this issue. ASHE has created a template and has posted instructions on how to fill out the letter here. Giving the FCC information about our hospitals will help explain the issue and drive home the importance of this issue. Action is request by June 30, 2015. 
Action Requested:
Fill out the letter on your hospital’s letterhead and send to FCC before June 30, 2015.
A full account of the issue and instructions for filling out the letter can be found on the ASHE website.  
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5. Value Analysis – A New Model for Healthcare
In April Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) launched a new model for value analysis produced in collaboration with Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP).  The new model follows the tenets of the CQO Movement and IHI’s Triple Aim initiative by focusing on cost, quality, and outcomes through value analysis programs.  The below excerpt outlines the importance of the new model, and the complete report can be found on the SMI website.
Healthcare provider organizations are experiencing unprecedented revenue compression as reimbursement models change. As in the past, health system executives look to their supply chain and value analysis programs to bend the cost curve on supply expense, which represents the second largest cost category for health systems. But the future is changing rapidly. Public and private reimbursement models continue the shift from paying for volume to paying for value. Calls to action have been issued by industry leaders – such as AHRMM’s CQO Movement and the Institute For Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim initiative - to focus on cost, quality, satisfaction, and outcomes. Value analysis programs must continue to produce savings while adjusting to these new realities. Value analysis programs focused solely on cost reduction may not be optimally positioned to produce sustainable benefits over the long term, as modern supply chain and value analysis leaders recognize that a program must balance its focus on cost, quality and outcomes.
Visit  www.smisupplychain.com/tools/value-analysis-model for the complete report.
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6. Term of the Week
Mitral valve annuloplasty: In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into a large vein in the groin or neck and passed through to the heart. A device is placed into a large vein that sits next to the mitral valve to constrict the valve, with the aim of making it close properly. Mitral regurgitation occurs when one of the four valves in the heart - the mitral valve - does not close properly, allowing blood to leak backwards. It may lead to shortness of breath and eventually heart failure (where the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body's needs). 
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. CMS Releases ACO Final Rule
On June 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a final rule on changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and provisions relating to Medicare payments to providers of services and suppliers participating in Accountable Care Organizations under the MSSP. Among other provisions, CMS finalized allowing non-risk-bearing ACOs to participate for an additional agreement period, changing the methodology for assigning beneficiaries to ACOs, creating a third track for MSSP participation, and providing additional data to help ACOs better manage care. The changes generally apply to existing ACOs and approved ACO applicants participating in the program beginning Jan. 1, 2016. “Yesterday’s rule makes some positive changes and provides additional flexibility to the MSSP,” said Linda Fishman, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development. “Hospitals are enthusiastic about the program as one pathway to advance their ongoing efforts to transform care delivery as a way to improve patient care and reduce costs. However, the program needs additional reforms to make it more attractive to new participants and existing ACOs.” 
Source: AHA News Now – June 5, 2015
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8. CMS to Host Call June 24 on Proposed Methodology for Overall Star Ratings
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 – June 5, 2015
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9. GEDSA Stay Connected 2015: ENFit Introduction Dates
Timeline update for introduction of ENFit Tip Syringes and Enteral Feeding Tubes with ENFit connectors
Changes to ENFit introduction for U.S. Canada and Puerto Rico
ENFit tip syringes are critical for use with new ENFit feeding tubes which will have the ENFit connectors.  To ensure there is sufficient supply of ENFit tip syringes, members of GEDSA have agreed to shift timing of the introduction of ENFit tip syringes and ENFit feeding tubes for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  This delay will allow adequate time for markets to transition smoothly to  systems with the new ENFit connector.  Administration sets which have already begun rolling into the supply chain will continue as planned.  Visit www.stayconnected.org for more information.
  • Revised timeline for U.S. Canada, Puerto Rico: Q1 2016: Enteral- specific syringes with ENFit connector and feeding tubes with ENFit connector
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand: Timeline will remain on track with the introduction of new ENFit connectors starting late Q3 of 2015
Read the full Stay Connected May 2015 issue which features AHRMM’s Senior Director of Supply Chain, Mike Schiller. 
Source: GEDSA Stay Connected May 2015: Issue 15, May 28, 2015
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10. Medical Recall
Mylan is Expanding its Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select Lots of Injectable Products Due to the Presence of Particulate Matter
Mylan N.V. (Nasdaq: MYL) announced on June 8 that its U.S.-based Mylan Institutional business is expanding its voluntary nationwide recall to the hospital/user level of select lots of the following injectable products due to the presence of visible foreign particulate matter observed during testing of retention samples.
Source: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration Daily Digest – June 9, 2015
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11. 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 4,200 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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