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Congratulations to Ray Moore for Achieving AHRMM Fellow Status
Ray MooreAHRMM congratulates Ray Moore, MBA, CMRP, FAHRMM, Contracts Manager Lead, Supply Chain at PeaceHealth in Vancouver, Washington, for receiving his AHRMM Fellow designation.
The designation of AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) recognizes current AHRMM members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the supply chain field. Original in content and written by FAHRMM members, Fellow papers describe innovative, practical, and cost-effective approaches and/or experiences in the healthcare supply chain.
Click here to access Ray Moore’s Fellow Paper, Navigating 340B – A Supply Chain Primer. A Guide for Supply Chain Professionals to Support Pharmacy in Eligible 340B Programs.

Countdown to AHRMM16 - Less than Three Weeks Away!
Join 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 on Sunday, July 31 devoted to the fundamentals of supply chain.
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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 during pre-conference on Sunday 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!

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The Value Cycle: Leveraging Supply Data for Success in a Value-Based World
How an item is set up in the chargemaster can affect how a facility is able to price, receive reimbursement, and ultimately determine the value of one supply over another. As your hospital shifts toward fee-for-performance model, how will you align supplies and the chargemaster to gain visibility into cost-to-charge analytics?  On July 26, learn in detail how supply data elements in both your item master and chargemaster can play a role in negotiating payments from CMS and commercial plans, disbursement across the continuum of care, and in assessing variations in clinical practice when compared to a clinical pathway .
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Duke University Supply Chain Management Survey - Deadline Extended to July 15
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is standing up a national Coordinating Center focused on improving real-world evidence on medical devices. A Planning Board has been tasked with identifying how the Coordinating Center can meet the needs of various stakeholders, including the supply chain management community. The Board would like to hear from you.
Please take 10-15 minutes to participate in this survey on your medical device and supply chain management needs. A synopsis of the responses will be included in an upcoming Planning Board white paper, which will be made available to AHRMM members when it is released in August. This survey will close on Friday, July 15.
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CDC Releases Detailed History of the 2014-2016 Ebola Response
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a detailed account of the agency's work on the largest, longest outbreak response in the agency's history: the Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016. The series of articles, in a special supplement to CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), comes on the second anniversary of the official activation of the agency's emergency response to Ebola. The full MMWR Supplement on the response to the 2014-2016 Ebola virus disease epidemic and related information on the individual chapters available on the CDC website.
Source: HPN Daily Update – July 11, 2016

GAO Issues Update on Drug Shortages
The number of new drug shortages has generally decreased since 2011, while the number of ongoing shortages remains high, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The report, mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012, examines 2010-2015 data on drug shortages from the University of Utah Drug Information Service; Food and Drug Administration efforts to prioritize reviews of drug submissions to address shortages; trends in FDA warning letters issued to sterile injectable manufacturing establishments for noncompliance with manufacturing standards; and certain factors that may affect shortages of sterile injectable drugs, such as a decline in the number of suppliers, FDA warning letters and relatively low profit margins for generic drugs. According to the report, there were 136 new drug shortages in 2015, down from 257 in 2011, while the number of ongoing drug shortages increased to 291 from 184 over the period.
Source: AHA News Now – July 8, 2016

CMS Releases Proposed 2017 Physician Payment Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week issued its proposed rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2017. After application of the 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and other budget neutrality cuts, CMS estimates a 0.08% decrease in physician payment rates for 2017 compared to 2016. In addition, CMS proposes to pay for new telehealth services, including end-stage renal disease-related services for dialysis, advance care planning services, and critical care consultations, and to expand the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Diabetes Prevention Program model. The agency also proposes a number of new codes to more accurately pay for primary care, care management and other cognitive specialties, including separate payments to primary care practices that use interprofessional care management resources to treat patients with behavioral health conditions. With respect to Medicare Advantage, CMS proposes to require healthcare providers and suppliers to be screened and enrolled in Medicare in order to contract with and provide items and services through a MA organization. The agency also proposes to release two new sets of data related to MA and Part D prescription drug plans: one including information on the bids that MA plans submit, which reflect their estimated costs of providing benefits to enrollees, and another including information on MA and drug plans’ medical-loss ratios. Other proposals include changes to the quality measurement requirements of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, including revisions to the measure set, data validation process and scoring methodology; a change to allow individual eligible professionals participating in MSSP to report quality data separately for the purposes of the Physician Quality Reporting System, and to have that data used in PQRS in the event the MSSP ACO fails to report quality data; and updates to the informal review process used in the physician value modifier program. The proposed rule will be published in the July 15 Federal Register, and comments are due Sept. 6. 
Source: AHA News Now – July 7, 2016

HHS Proposes Hospital VBP Change, Other Actions to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Starting in fiscal year 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to no longer use the results from three pain management questions in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey in determining hospitals’ value-based purchasing program scores, the agency said on July 6 in the outpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for calendar year 2017. CMS would continue to collect and publicly report the results of the HCAHPS pain management questions, however. CMS also is field testing alternative pain management questions, which could be incorporated into the HCAHPS survey through future rulemaking. In addition, CMS issued a final rule that would allow qualified practitioners to request approval to treat up to 275 patients a year with buprenorphine if they have maintained an active waiver to treat up to 100 patients for a year and meet other criteria described in the rule. That’s up from an originally proposed 200 patients a year. Buprenorphine, a controlled substance, is one of three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence. Among other actions, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a request for information on the most promising approaches in prescriber education and training programs and effective ways to leverage HHS programs to implement or expand them.
Source: AHA News Now – July 6, 2016

AHA to Congress: Remove Legal Barriers to Care Coordination
On July 5, the AHA shared with Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services a report examining barriers to transforming healthcare delivery created by outdated fraud and abuse laws. The report identifies seven major barriers created by the Stark and Anti-Kickback laws and/or regulations that impede hospitals’ ability to coordinate care, and uses the example of a hypothetical 75-year-old patient navigating the healthcare system to illustrate the impact on patient care. It recommends enacting comprehensive safe harbors under the Anti-Kickback law and reforms to the Stark law to remove outdated barriers and replace them with measures to foster teamwork and ensure accountability. For more, see today’s AHA Stat blog. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently released a white paper examining aspects of the Stark law that prevent moving to alternative payment models.
Source: AHA News Now – July 5, 2016

A New View: How Visibility Takes Your Supply Chain from Investment to Return

Free white paper sponsored by Vizient
Healthcare’s rapid progress toward value-based patient care challenges every team member — from physicians and executives to billing clerks and even suppliers — to collaborate in new ways that maximize total value.
Supply chain professionals play a central role. A look at the current state of supply chain operations offers insight into the challenge. Data streams are often fragmented, incomplete and too tardy to inform effective buying decisions.
A look at a unique emerging technology platform provides insight into the solution. Automatically gathering real-time data and presenting it in a unified, easy-to-use interface creates a comprehensive new view of the entire supply chain process — making it possible to execute timely buying decisions that enhance the value of patient care.
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Free registration required to access the white paper and attend a webinar.
For more information, contact Vizient at SupplyChain@Vizientinc.com.

Comparison Report of the Compensation Survey
Download the AHRMM’s comparison report of the compensation surveys collected in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Designed specifically for the healthcare supply chain, the comparison report will help you measure, identify, and compare current trends and demographics to better determine your fair market value. The Compensation Survey Report is free for AHRMM members. 
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