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AHRMM17 on Track to Break the Attendance Record
With four weeks to go until the AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition, the annual event is on the cusp of another record-breaking attendance.
 
As of today, 854 attendees have registered for the conference and 200 exhibiting companies have secured their booths. This puts AHRMM on track to break the attendance record set by AHRMM16.
 
AHRMM’s four-day annual conference offers healthcare supply chain attendees opportunity to exchange leading practices, explore the latest products and services, and participate in field-changing discussions and networking activities.
 
AHRMM17 General Sessions will offer opportunity to hear from:
Motivational speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman – The Wingman, will share how to face challenges and change with courage, build more meaningful relationships, and maximize one’s potential both in business and in life during the keynote address.
 
One of the nation’s top hospital CFOs and a world-renowned thoracic surgeon will share what motivates them and how to align your respective objectives and key performance indicators to create a more cohesive strategy for success for all involved: clinicians, the C-suite, supply chain and, of course, patients.
 
Jim Morris, who is an inspiration for the film The Rookie, will present on finding a mentor and becoming a leader.
 
Just Released! Webinar: Integrating Supply Chains Across a Merged Enterprise
Register for a free webinar on August 9 and save time in the creation of an effective healthcare systems integration plan with best practices and lessons learned from other organizations.
 
There Is Still Time to Apply to Take the CMRP Exam at AHRMM17
The AHA Certification Center and AHRMM will offer a special administration of the Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) certification examination on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at AHRMM17 Conference. Eligible candidates may want to take advantage of this opportunity to earn the nationally recognized CMRP credential. Registration is limited to 30 candidates per session and will be first-come, first-served. Registration deadline is July 10, 2017.
 
Term of the Month
Telemonitoring is a medical practice that involves remotely monitoring patients who are not at the same location as the healthcare provider. In general, a patient will have a number of monitoring devices at home, and the results of these devices will be transmitted via telephone to the healthcare provider. It is also a convenient way for patients to avoid travel and to perform some of the more basic work of healthcare for themselves. Some of the more common things that telemonitoring devices keep track of include blood pressure heart rate, weight, blood glucose and hemoglobin.
 
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!
HEALTHCARE HEADLINES
CBO Releases Score of Senate Health Bill
The Better Care Reconciliation Act would result in 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 and cut $772 billion in federal spending from the Medicaid program from 2017-2026, according to an analysis released by the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan federal agency that produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the congressional budget process. "This latest CBO estimate only reinforces our deep concerns about the importance of maintaining coverage for those vulnerable patients who need it," said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. In addition, Senate leaders released a new discussion draft that made several technical amendments to the BCRA, and included a new provision that would require consumers whose coverage lapses for 63 days or more to wait six months before enrolling in new coverage. This provision is intended to encourage individuals to enroll in and maintain coverage in place of the individual mandate.
 
Source: AHA Today - June 26, 2017
Senate Health Bill Would Repeal Device Tax
The Senate Republicans draft version of their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act that, like the American Health Care Act passed in the House last May, would repeal most of the taxes created by the 2010 law. Visit the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society for the article.
 
Source: HPN Daily Update - June 26, 2017
FDA Recall: Venture Catheters by Vascular Solutions, Excess Material May Split or Separate During Use
Vascular Solutions Inc. is recalling the Venture catheter because there is a risk of the catheter tip splitting or separating during use. Read More.
 
Source: HPN Daily Update - June 22, 2017
CDC Reports Increase in U.S. Counties with Mosquitoes That Can Spread Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase last year in the number of U.S. counties with evidence of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses. The 2016 data added Aedes aegypti collection records from 38 new counties and Aedes albopictus collection records from 127 new counties, a 21% and 10% increase, respectively, from the previous report. CDC said the study highlights the need for continued mosquito surveillance and can help state and local health departments and mosquito control districts plan for possible outbreaks. The CDC study was reported in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
 
Source: AHA Today - June 20, 2017
FEATURED RESOURCE
Qualified Student Interns for Supply Chain Positions
AHRMM has invited students from some of the top supply chain programs, including Johns Hopkins, George Washington, George Mason, Marymount, and Virginia Commonwealth universities, to attend AHRMM17 Conference & Exhibition and learn about careers in the healthcare supply chain. 
 
If your organization has an intern position or is interested in creating* an internship and you would like to interview students at the AHRMM conference, please contact Sarah Oaks at soaks@inspired-consulting.us.com.
 
AHRMM will provide your contact information or general email address to interested students whereby you can receive resumes and potentially set up face-to-face meetings at AHRMM17.

*If you do not currently have an internship program in place, please check with your Human Resources department about any policies or restrictions on having an intern serve in your department before contacting Sarah/AHRMM.
 
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