July 14, 2015
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1. Countdown to AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition: Less than Four Weeks!
Time is running out to register for  AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12! Nearly 1,000 attendees from across the country and abroad will gather in Indianapolis for four days of professional learning and networking.  Register today to make sure that you're there to connect with these fellow healthcare supply chain professionals - all in one place, all at one time.
Join us at AHRMM15 to explore best ways for coordinating supply chain strategy with the broader organizational goals to ensure that your organization delivers the right product to the right patient at the right time for a perfect marriage of well-balanced costs with efficiency, safety, and quality. 
We encourage you to invite colleagues from clinical, finance, and IT areas of your healthcare organization to engage them in a system-wide conversation.   
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2. AHRMM 2015 Election Opens at AHRMM15! Review the Board Candidates
Voting for the 2016 Board of Directors kicks off on August 10, 2015 and ends on August 24, 2015. The voting process is quick and convenient. Voting takes place online via a secure website. The link to the voting site and election ballot will be sent in an email to all members on August 10.  AHRMM15 attendees can also cast their vote on-site at the conference. 
Each AHRMM member’s participation is vital to the continued success of the Association. Make an informed decision! Review the candidate profiles and personal flyers for this year’s election.
Visit www.ahrmm.org/Elections to learn about AHRMM Board qualifications and view the 2015 election schedule.
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3. Win Merchandise with the SC Week Contest Starting July 27
Recognize your supply chain staff by participating in the  SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest!
How does su pply chain deliver excellence in your healthcare organization? 
Supply chain professionals have made great strides in developing strategies that streamline operations and maximize resources, and AHRMM wants to hear your success story.  In celebration of National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week), AHRMM invites you to submit a photo of your supply chain department delivering excellence and provide a small description (300 words maximum) illustrating your department’s contributions to healthcare. The most creative photo with an original and inspiring story about your supply chain department, wins! 
The winner will have their submission featured in the AHRMM member magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, and promoted throughout AHRMM communications.  The winning submission will also receive SC Week merchandise for their supply chain staff*!
The SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest officially kicks off on July 27, 2015.  Email your photo and submission entry form to AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org by September 8, 2015. 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for official contest rules and more ideas on how to celebrate SC Week.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ODDS OF WINNING WILL DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ONLINE ENTRY ONLY AND INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED. Contest only open to individual employees and employee teams from the supply chain departments of healthcare organizations who are residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 21 years and older. Contest begins on or about 7/27/2015 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00pm CT on 9/8/2015. ARV of all prizes: $100. 
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4. 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. Local AHRMM Chapter News Is Now Available
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
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6. Term of the Week
SSO: An abbreviation for single sign-on, a system on which a provider can log in once and then is able to access the system from any device in a service area. It has streamlined workflow and cut down on documentation time, eliminating the number of times a provider has to log into a system.
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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7. OSHA Updates TB-related Inspection Procedures for Healthcare Settings
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on July 13 updated inspection procedures related to worker exposures to tuberculosis in healthcare settings. According to the agency, the directive incorporates 2005 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and covers additional workplaces regarded as healthcare settings, such as sites where emergency medical services are provided and laboratories handling clinical specimens. It also introduces a newer screening method for analyzing blood; classifies healthcare settings by risk; and reduces the frequency of TB screenings for workers in some settings, the agency said.
Source: AHA News Now – July 13, 2015
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8. President to Nominate Slavitt for CMS Administrator
On July 9, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Andy Slavitt for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator. Currently CMS’s principal deputy administrator, Slavitt has served as acting administrator since Marilyn Tavenner stepped down in March. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock applauded the announcement, saying Slavitt “has a deep understanding of the U.S. health care system and a commitment to improving patient care. We believe Andy’s proven leadership in the public and private sectors speaks to the ongoing contributions he will make at CMS.” Obama also announced his intent to nominate Mary Wakefield for deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Administrator of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration, Wakefield has served as acting deputy HHS secretary since April. Both nominations require Senate confirmation.
Source: AHA News Now – July 10, 2015
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9. FDA Strengthens NSAID Label Warnings for Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
Based on a review of new safety information, the Food and Drug Administration announced on July 9 it is strengthening an existing label warning that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Available by prescription and over the counter, the drugs are used to treat pain and fever from common conditions such as arthritis and flu. Examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and celecoxib. “Estimates of increased risk range from 10% to 50% or more, depending on the drugs and the doses studied,” the agency said. “This risk may occur as early as the first weeks of treatment and may increase with duration of use.” FDA encourages healthcare professionals and patients to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the agency’s MedWatch program.
Source: AHA News Now – July 10, 2015
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10. CMS to Provide August Update on ICD-10 Implementation as Deadline Approaches
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will provide an update on ICD-10 implementation during a National Provider Call Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Experts from the AHA and American Health Information Management Association also will offer coding guidance and tips during the call. To register, click here. Healthcare claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures beginning Oct. 1. For more on the transition to ICD-10, visit www.aha.org and www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – July 10, 2015
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11. FDA Issues Final Rule on Drug Shortage Notification Requirements
On July 7, the Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule requiring all manufacturers of certain medically important prescription drugs to notify the agency of permanent discontinuances or temporary interruptions in manufacturing that are likely to disrupt the supply of the product in the United States. Required by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012, the rule also would extend the early notification requirement to medically important biologic products. In comments on the proposed rule, AHA said the requirement would allow FDA to communicate more and better information to patients, hospitals and physicians.
Source: AHA News Now – July 7, 2015
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12. AHRMM Career Advancement Guide
The Career Advancement Guide is a tool to assist in the growth and development of future healthcare supply chain professionals. This tool provides a roadmap to the education, experience, tools, and targeted skill-sets needed to move forward successfully and provide value to their organization, as well as continue a commitment to self-development.
Check out an overview of career levels and see what would fit best for you!
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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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