June 30, 2015
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1. New AHRMM Webinar - Supplier Diversity: A Strategic Value Proposition
Explore how supplier diversity can be a valuable investment toward sustainability. The first step will focus on defining supplier diversity and the associated specific designations.  During the webinar, participants will also build a business case to obtain executive support for a supplier diversity program.
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $79 (AHRMM Members), $129 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speaker: Todd Gray, Director, Supplier Diversity, Grady Health System
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2. National Healthcare Supply Chain Week is October 4-10, 2015
Each year, the first week of October is dedicated to celebrating healthcare supply chain professionals for their outstanding contributions to healthcare and the overall success of the supply chain. Sponsored by AHRMM, National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) provides an opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare industry.
The 2015 SC Week theme is Healthcare Supply Chain: Delivering Excellence. 
AHRMM encourages you and your department to join in on SC Week celebrations!  We have compiled resources to help you promote SC Week and also invite you to recognize your supply chain staff by participating in the SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest!
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek and check out the Promotional Toolkit, ways to celebrate with your staff, and details on the SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest.
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3. Adoption of Accountable Care Models Webinar Next Week
The Road to Accountable Care: An Overview of Risk, Cost and Cultural Opportunities and the Path Ahead 
Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 12:00 pm CST; 1:00 pm EST
Register for this free webinar on the adoption of accountable care models and an environmental scan of next generation ACOs. Featured speakers include Thomas Merrill, senior analyst, Leavitt Partners and Melissa Jackson, senior associate director – policy, American Hospital Association.
The webinar is free, but open only to registered users of AHA SmartMarket. Once you register for AHA SmartMarket, you will receive the webinar registration link via email.
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4. Free Webinar: Improving Data Visibility and Clinical Performance – July 30
Reducing Healthcare Costs through Supply Chain Automation and Standardization
By leveraging automation to reduce variation in clinical and supply chain practices, healthcare executives can make measurable improvements in their bottom line, while improving visibility to data to improve clinical performance. In this webinar, members of the AHRMM Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement share best practices from healthcare systems across the country that you can deploy to help improve your organization's clinical and financial performance.
Date: July 30, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Cost: FREE
Speakers: Karen Conway, CMRP, Executive Director, Industry Relations, GHX
Michael Schiller, CMRP, Senior Director, Supply Chain, AHRMM
This webinar is presented in cooperation with  
Executive Insight
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5. Term of the Week
Actionable Data: Data points that are immediately available and useful to the situation at hand. For healthcare, this tends to mean patient data, useful without analysis to clinicians, payers and the patients themselves.
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. Medicare Shared Savings Model for Rural ACOs to Accept Applications in July
Accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2014 or later may apply in July to participate in the ACO Investment Model, which offers prepaid shared savings to encourage ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas. Hospital participants must be critical access hospitals or inpatient prospective payment system hospitals with 100 or fewer beds. CMS also has accepted into the model six ACOs that joined the MSSP in 2012 and 2013, who will have a different payment structure under the model. For more information, see the CMS factsheet.
Source: AHA News Now – June 26, 2015
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7. OSHA Inspections to Focus on Certain Healthcare Workplace Hazards
On June 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advised its staff to review potential hazards for musculoskeletal disorders related to patient and resident handling, bloodborne pathogens, workplace violence, tuberculosis and falls when inspecting hospitals and nursing homes in response to complaints, referrals or reports of severe injury. “These focus hazards will be addressed in addition to other hazards that may be the subject of the inspection or brought to the attention of the compliance officer during the inspection,” the guidance states. “The goal of this policy is to significantly reduce overexposures to these hazards through a combination of enforcement, compliance assistance and outreach.”
Source: AHA News Now – June 26, 2015
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8. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Continued Subsidies
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that subsidies can continue for the purchase of health insurance for qualified individuals in the 34 states where the federal government operates health insurance exchanges. Plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell had challenged the validity of the subsidies, arguing that only individuals in states with a state-based insurance exchange were eligible under the language in the Affordable Care Act. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said, “Today is a significant victory for protecting access to care for many of those who need it. America’s hospitals will continue to advocate for coverage for all, an essential part of better health and better health care for Americans.” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the court’s majority opinion, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. For analysis on the ruling by AHA outside counsel Sean Marotta, a Hogan Lovells associate focused on appellate and Supreme Court litigation, visit the AHASTAT blog.
Source: AHA News Now –  June 25, 2015
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9. HSIN Supporting Hurricane Preparedness and Response
June 1 marked the official beginning of the 2015 hurricane season, but for some HSIN users hurricane preparedness and typhoon response efforts began in May. Public safety officials throughout Florida took part in a hurricane preparedness exercise from May 19–21 that simulated the landfall of two back-to-back hurricanes. During the exercise, emergency management officials were able to see first-hand how HSIN supports real-time situational awareness and information sharing between the emergency operations center in Tallahassee and users in the field. Read the article in The HSIN Advocate
Source: The HSIN Advocate, June 2015 Edition – June 30, 2015
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10. Medical Recall
Medtronic Implements Worldwide Voluntary Recall for Certain Lots of Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes
Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) announced that on May 8, 2015, it began notifying hospitals and distributors worldwide that affected lots of its Covidien Shiley (TM) tracheostomy tubes were formed with a wider-angle bend than standard models manufactured after November 29, 2012. The company initiated the field action following a small number of customer complaints that included reports of 12 serious patient injuries, such as breathing difficulties that impacted oxygen levels immediately upon tube placement or discomfort.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration – June 25, 2015
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11. Register for AHRMM15 – Members Receive Best Value
Being an AHRMM member means you receive the best rates at AHRMM Annual Conference & Exhibition.  Register today to ensure that you're there to network with the leading healthcare supply chain professionals - all in one place, all at one time.
Capture a Year's Worth of Healthcare Supply Chain News and Best Practices in Just Four Days! 
Learn from senior supply chain executives and other industry experts as they describe their own professional experience, bring valuable insight into the solutions they've adopted, and share lessons they've learned in their healthcare organizations. 
Visit One-Stop-Shop Exhibition to Drive Product and Process Innovation in Your Facility 
Visit the  AHRMM15 Exhibition to explore and discuss the latest supply chain trends, products, and solutions to see if they may bring efficiency for your healthcare organization. Attend Learning Pavilion presentations in the  Exhibit Hall to learn first-hand about new launches, innovations, and best practices. 
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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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