June 16, 2015
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1. Build Your Network at AHRMM15
AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition is about identifying and building sustainable strategic partnerships to ensure a coordinated healthcare delivery system. The theme of this year's conference, Healthcare Supply Chain: Delivering Change through Industry Engagement, reflects the vital role of building trust, commitment, and collaboration among different stakeholders in healthcare. 
AHRMM15 has gathered more than 60 top industry subject matter experts who will discuss key ideas, trends, and best practices around building strategic stakeholder engagement, with a special emphasis on supply chain perspective.
Whether it's mingling with speakers, attendees, and exhibitors at AHRMM15 Welcome Reception, or picking the brains of some of the industry's brightest subject matter experts during Lunch & Learns, AHRMM15 provides ample opportunities to catch up with colleagues and make new connections that can be the start of long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships.  
Don't miss your chance to collaborate! 
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2. Get Prepared to Sit for the CMRP Exam at AHRMM15 this Summer!
You can receive instant results when you take your CMRP exam at AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition!  
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.  At AHRMM15, the AHA Certification Center and AHRMM are pleased to offer a special administration of the CMRP certification examination. Registration is limited and will be first-come, first-served.  
Examination Date: August 9, 2015 
Location: Indianapolis 
Application Deadline: July 13, 2015 
AHRMM15 is also offering a CMRP Overview Session on Sunday morning, August 9, 2015. This review course is one of many ways you may choose to prepare for the exam or to validate your current knowledge of the content covered on the exam.
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3. Tap into the CQO Leading Practices Repository
AHRMM has developed a repository for leading and proven supply chain practices, case studies, and toolkits that are developed from a Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) perspective.  Leading Practices areas are based on the quality measures outlined in CMS’ final rule to improve quality of care during hospital inpatient stays.
To date, AHRMM has collected submissions for two leading practice areas:
  • Reduction or Elimination of Catheter Acquired Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Reduction or Elimination in Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU)
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4. Annual UDI Conference – AHRMM Hosts 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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5. Term of the Week
Genomic Medicine is the application of molecular methods to clinical medicine; The term has been variously defined as the science of human biological variation as it relates to health and disease; the study of the etiology, pathogenesis, and natural history of diseases and disorders that are at least partially genetic in origin; and the application of genetics to medicine or to medical practice. 
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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6. ASPR Launches Emergency Preparedness Resource for Healthcare, Public Health
Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response launched an online resource for healthcare providers and others working in disaster medicine and healthcare system and public health emergency preparedness. The Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange offers a self-service collection of resources and access to specialists for one-on-one support during normal business hours. Users also may apply to access a password-protected discussion board. For more information, see the ASPR factsheet.
Source: AHA News Now – June 15, 2015
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7. HHS Awards Contract for Development of Rapid Ebola Test
On June 12, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response said it has awarded a $1.8 million contract to OraSure Technologies Inc., in Bethlehem, PA, to develop an Ebola virus diagnostic test for use in a doctor’s office, hospital, clinic or field setting that will provide results within 20 minutes. Called the OraQuick rapid Ebola antigen test, HHS said the lateral-flow test will detect the presence of a virus with a drop of the patient’s blood or saliva on a test strip, similar to tests used in doctors’ offices to diagnose strep throat. The contract could be extended for up to 39 months and $10.4 million.
Source: AHA News Now – June 12, 2015
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8. Comprehensive Prevention Program Effectively Reduces Falls Among Older People
Families and physicians have a new tool in the fight against falls - a comprehensive prevention program developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that reduces both falls and resulting use of long-term care such as nursing homes.
The prevention program, which includes clinical in-home assessments of health, physical functioning, falls history, home environment, and medications to create customized recommendations, was developed by HHS based on the research evidence on risk factors and interventions. Using a randomized control trial, the program was tested among long-term care insurance policy holders age 75 and older to determine whether the intervention was effective and, if so, the impact on long-term care utilization.
Source: HPN Daily Update, June 12, 2015
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9. Advance Your Career Through the AHRMM Mentor Program
Connect with the mentor who has a skill or knowledge in an area you’ve identified as key to your career development. Get assistance with career planning, discuss a particularly challenging work issue, develop real solutions, and uncover missing tools and resources. Effective mentor/mentee relationships are being formed every day through the AHRMM Mentor Program. Why wait?
Mentor relationships are established for six months at a time. The specific goals and amount of time needed to participate in the program can vary by individual. The program is flexible enough for you to customize the experience to exactly what you would like. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders of the healthcare supply chain field. The program is FREE and only available to AHRMM Members!
Give it a try today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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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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