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Start Planning SC Week Celebrations – 2016 Merchandise is Now Available!
Join your peers during National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week), October 2-8, to promote the profession and recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare field. 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for more information on SC Week including a list of celebration activities and the 2016 SC Week Promotional Toolkit.
Click to View SC Week 2016 Merchandise
Begin planning your celebration activities now by ordering well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends! 
Check out the 2016 SC Week merchandise featuring the official 2016 logo and theme: Supply Chain: Leading Change. Advancing Healthcare. Order by September 12, 2016 to ensure delivery by SC Week!

Supply Chain Fundamentals During AHRMM16 Pre-Conference
ahrmm16-bug-dates-gradient-170x154.pngJoin us this summer in San Diego for AHRMM16 - the premier education and networking event for healthcare supply chain. In addition to insightful general sessions, practical learning labs, and vendor presentations on the latest technology, AHRMM offers pre-conference workshops devoted to the fundamentals of supply chain.
The half day workshops during Pre-Conference on Sunday give a nuts and bolts view into key healthcare supply chain topics. Whether you’re new to your role or simply want to brush up on your supply chain fundamentals, consider attending pre-conference workshops that dig deeper into key areas of supply chain and value analysis.  Maximize your professional development investment by taking the CMRP exam on Sunday and receive instant results. To better prepare for the exam, participate in a CMRP Overview session .
New this Year: Women’s Leadership Forum
Sponsored by Vizient.
With many women successfully leading healthcare supply chains, it's time to take advantage of new professional opportunities, drive organizational change, and develop leadership skills and qualities so you can step into a leadership role. Attend the Forum to get applicable advice and network with an exceptional group of accomplished and dynamic female leaders from across the healthcare supply chain spectrum. This is a collaborative, networking event including a reception, so please invite your colleagues to join you!
CMS Alerts Hospitals to Error in HAC Hospital-Specific Reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services on June 10 alerted hospitals to an error in some hospital-specific reports for hospital-acquired conditions distributed June 9 to hospitals and critical access hospitals. The reports had the wrong hospital name in Table 2, but all of the data was correct for the hospital receiving the report. Corrected reports will be distributed to hospitals that received the error. Hospitals should review their HSRs, including discharge-level data, and submit any questions by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 12 to drahac@lantanagroup.com with the subject line: DRA HAC Preview Period Inquiry. The reports should not be emailed as they contain personally identifiable information and protected health information.
Source: AHA News Now – June 10, 2016

CMS Announces $10 Million to Help Practices Move to Alternative Payment Models
On June 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced up to $10 million in grants for organizations to help clinicians improve patient outcomes and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Recipients of the second round of Support and Alignment Network grants will provide technical assistance to help clinicians and practices participate in alternative payment models. Eligible applicants include healthcare delivery systems and plans that provide quality improvement support to a large number of clinicians. CMS expects to award up to five grants of $500,000 to $2.5 million through cooperative agreements. Letters of intent to apply are due July 1 and applications July 11. For more information, see the CMS Blog and factsheet.
Source: AHA News Now – June 10, 2016

ASPR Issues Zika Planning Resources for Healthcare Providers, Coalitions
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has issued resources to help healthcare providers and coalitions plan for a real or potential Zika virus outbreak. “A Zika outbreak is unlikely to result in large numbers of acutely ill patients needing simultaneous care, making surge planning for Zika unique from that of conventional disaster events, including those with an infectious disease component (e.g., pandemic influenza, Ebola),” the resource guide states. In addition to the guide, specific resources focus on planning for high-risk pregnancies and birth defects and supporting children with special healthcare needs.
Source: AHA News Now – June 7, 2016
Get Connected through the AHRMM Mentor Program
Available only to AHRMM members, the AHRMM Mentor Program provides a six-month platform for healthcare supply chain professionals to connect with more experienced professionals in the field. There’s nothing more valuable than experience, and AHRMM can help you make the connections you need to tap into the wealth of knowledge available in the healthcare supply chain. 
Learn more today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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