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Congratulations to William Preston Hall for Achieving AHRMM Fellow Status
Preston HallAHRMM congratulates William Preston Hall, CMRP, FAHRMM, C.P.M., CPSM, Director of Supply Chain at Clarion Hospital in Pennsylvania, 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 William Preston Hall’s Fellow Paper,
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Win SC Week Merchandise Starting July 25
opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare industry. Supply chain professionals have made great strides in developing strategies that streamline operations and maximize resources, and AHRMM wants to hear your success story. 

How does supply chain lead change to advance healthcare in your organization?
In celebration of SC Week, AHRMM invites you to submit a photo of your supply chain department leading change and provide a small description (300 words maximum) illustrating your department’s contributions to advancing the healthcare field. The most creative photo with an original and inspiring story about your supply chain department, wins!

The winner will have their submission highlighted in the 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 2016 Celebration Contest officially kicks off on July 25, 2016. Once the contest opens, submission information will be made available. Click here to view official contest rules.
*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 7/25/2016 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00pm CT on 9/9/2016. ARV of all prizes: $100. Subject to full Official Rules at www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek. Sponsor: AHRMM.

Get to Know the Board Candidates before Voting Opens on August 1
Voting for the 2017 Board of Directors kicks off on August 1, 2016 and ends on August 15, 2016. 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 16.  AHRMM16 attendees can also cast their vote on-site at conference.
Each AHRMM member’s participation is vital to the continued success of the Association. Make an informed decision! View all of the candidate profiles and personal flyers for this year’s election at www.ahrmm.org/Elections.

AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Resource and Materials Management (CMRP) credential in June 2016:
  • Sara Anderson, San Antonio, TX
  • Shannon Candio, Radnor, OH
  • Teresa Dail, Old Hickory, TN
  • Omar Duany, Apopka, FL
  • Andrew Knecht, Moscow, ID
  • Kris Knutson, Canton, SD
  • Jordan Noyes, Beaver Dam, WI
  • Mark Preston, Wenatchee, WA
  • James Shows, Magee, MS
Public Health Officials Investigating Zika Case in Utah
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Utah health officials are investigating a case of Zika virus in a family contact who cared for an individual who died in late June from unknown causes. The decedent had been infected with Zika after traveling to an area with the virus and had a uniquely high amount of Zika virus in the blood. The investigation is focused on how the contact, who has fully recovered, became infected, as the person had not recently traveled to an area with Zika or had sex with someone who did or was infected. There also is no evidence that the aedes mosquitoes that commonly spread Zika virus are in Utah, officials said. “Based on what we know so far about this case, there is no evidence that there is any risk of Zika virus transmission among the general public in Utah,” said Angela Dunn, M.D., deputy state epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. Although there are no reports of transmission of Zika virus from infected patients to health care personnel or other patients, the CDC recommends using Standard Precautions in labor and delivery and other health caresettings to protect personnel and patients from Zika virus infection. AHA is working with the CDC and will continue to keep the hospital field up to date on guidance and developments. For more information on Zika and guidance for health care providers, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika
Source: AHA News Now – July 18, 2016

Agencies Alert Healthcare Providers to Contaminated Drug Product
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that clinicians not use any liquid docusate sodium product as a stool softener or for any other medical purpose, the FDA announced Saturday. PharmaTech LLC has voluntarily recalled all non-expired lots of a docusate sodium solution distributed by Rugby Laboratories of Livonia, MI, which has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states. FDA said it has received several adverse event reports of infections in patients, some of which identify liquid docusate sodium products manufactured by companies other than PharmaTech. FDA and CDC continue to investigate the extent of the issue to identify other potentially contaminated liquid docusate sodium products, and will provide additional information when it is available. FDA encourages health care professionals and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of oral liquid docusate sodium products to its MedWatch program. 
Source: AHA News Now – July 18, 2016

Senate Approves Legislation to Address Opioid Epidemic
The Senate last week voted 92-2 to approve the conference report to the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524), legislation designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The bill incorporates several key AHA-endorsed measures, including the creation of a multi-agency task force with a hospital representative that will develop best practices for prescribing and pain management; more stringent pre-market review of new opioids by the Food and Drug Administration; increased access to opioid overdose reversal drugs and medication-assisted treatment; and expanded research and treatment for vulnerable populations. The House passed the conference report and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.
Source: AHA News Now – July 14, 2016

OCR Guidance Clarifies When Breach Notice Obligations Apply to Ransomware Attacks
A new factsheet on ransomware prevention and response from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights reminds health care providers and others covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that breach notification obligations may be triggered when a ransomware attack occurs. “Whether or not the presence of ransomware would be a breach under the HIPAA Rules is a fact-specific determination,” the factsheet notes. Unless the covered entity or business associate can demonstrate “a low probability” that protected health information has been compromised, a breach of PHI is presumed and the entity must comply with the applicable breach notification provisions, the guidance states. The factsheet also addresses how to demonstrate a low probability that PHI has been compromised; how to detect and respond to a ransomware infection; and whether the infection of information encrypted to comply with HIPAA could create a reportable breach. The departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services last month issued technical guidance summarizing “best practices” to prevent and respond to ransomware incidents, which advises organizations experiencing an incident to immediately contact their Federal Bureau of Investigation Field Office Cyber Task Force or Secret Service field office for assistance and report the incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center. For additional cybersecurity resources, visit www.aha.org/cybersecurity.
Source: AHA News Now – July 12, 2016

Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions July/August Issue 
The July/August digital edition of the member-only publication,Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Check out the latest issue which focuses on the connection between supply chain and the triple aim.

Article Highlight - Triple Aim: Improving the Health of Populations
By AHRMM Board Chair, Mary Beth Lang, RPh, MPM, DSc, CMRP 
SCSS July/August Article
As our industry continues to evolve from a volumebased to a value-based model, understanding supply chain’s role in these collaborations and their subsequent impacts will be critical when teaming with our clinical and non-clinical colleagues to find the right balance between Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO).
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