July 21, 2015
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1. Countdown to AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition: Less than Three Weeks!
Join nearly 1,000 fellow supply chain professionals at AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition, August 9-12 to learn new tools and solutions, keep your skills up-to-date, explore new products and technologies, and connect with the best minds in the healthcare supply chain field. 
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.
AHRMM has organized a variety of formal and informal events so you can build long-lasting business relations with fellow supply chain professionals and top industry experts: 
First-Time Attendee & New Member Orientation Reception on Sunday: This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to become more involved in AHRMM, map out the AHRMM15 Conference, and network with other new members and first-time attendees. Event includes a cash bar.
Welcome Reception on Sunday, sponsored by Cook Medical: Meet, greet, and mingle with speakers, colleagues, and exhibitors at the official welcome event for AHRMM15.
Refreshment Breaks in Exhibit Hall, sponsored by VHA: Take time to refuel and network while you explore the exhibit hall.
CMRP and Fellow Lunch & Learns during attendee lunches: Bring your appetite and questions for CMRP certificants and AHRMM Fellows who will describe the process of obtaining the CMRP and FAHRMM status and their value and benefits.
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2. Join Your Peers in Celebrating National Healthcare Supply Chain Week
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. Join your peers during National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week), October 4 -10, to promote the profession and be reminded about many important roles you take on every day to advance your healthcare organization.
The 2015 SC Week theme is Healthcare Supply Chain: Delivering Excellence.  With the ongoing transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, supply chain has become a key player in meeting organizational goals by driving clinical value, implementing innovation, and delivering operational efficiency.
Honor and celebrate healthcare supply chain during SC Week!  
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for a list of activities and ways to celebrate with your staff during SC Week.  Make sure to also check out the SC Week Promotional Toolkit AHRMM created with pre-written tweets and marketing copy to help you include SC Week in your communication efforts.
2015 SC Week Merchandise: Begin planning your celebration activities now by ordering well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends!  Shop the official SC Week Store to see the wide selection of gifts and recognition items including apparel, lunch coolers, pens, mugs, SC Week posters, and more.   Order by September 14, 2015 to ensure delivery by SC Week!  
Visit www.jimcolemanstore.com/scweek to browse merchandise.  
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3. Build a Business Case and Obtain Executive Support for a Supplier Diversity Program
Join AHRMM on August 4 for this live event covering the importance of supplier diversity.  The first step will focus on defining supplier diversity and the associated specific designations.  Participants will then travel through time for a view of the evolution of supplier diversity. The next stops on the journey will include a glimpse into how to build a business case for supplier diversity including the scope and benefits (CQO and Sustainability) for the supplier and purchaser, as well as the importance of executive support.  
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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4. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in June 2015: 
  • Stacy Bierkamp, Wayne, MI
  • Dan Bissot, Jackson, MI
  • Daniel Bowen, Travis AFB, CA
  • Paul Burbach, Norfolk, NE
  • Michael Dalbom, Olathe, KS
  • Frances Daniels, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Brandy Erickson, Apopka, CA
  • Chad Jones, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Keegan Jones, Kansas City, MO
  • Gina Smith, Alexandria, VA
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5. Term of the Week
Wearable: Any portable device that can be worn to collect medical information, such as pacemakers, pedometers or smartphones. One of the main features of a wearable computer is consistency. There is a constant interaction between the computer and user, i.e. there is no need to turn the device on or off. Another feature is the ability to multi-task.
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. HHS Launches Online Compendium of Health Emergency Resources
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 17, 2015
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7. Bellwether Class of 2015 Revealed
Bellwether League Inc., the hall of fame for healthcare supply chain leadership, selected 8 innovators, pioneers and visionaries as Honorees of the Bellwether Class of 2015.
Bellwether League Inc.’s 11-member Board of Directors elected the following professionals to this year’s Bellwether Class: G. Edward Becker, Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk, Dee Donatelli, R.N., Nancy LeMaster, Michael McCurry, James C. Olsen, Jane R. Pleasants and Michael A. Switzer.
Five hail from the provider segment, two from the supplier segment and one from the consulting segment with a hospital background. Bellwether Class of 2015 Honorees will be inducted at the 8th Annual Honoree Induction Dinner Event, scheduled for Monday, October 19, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL.
Bellwether League Inc.’s Board selected these bellwethers for their achievements and contributions in the delivery of quality care through efficient and innovative supply chain operations. They represent creative thinkers who take the initiative, expand the boundaries of what’s possible, and perform in a way that improves and promotes the profession of supply chain management among hospitals, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), manufacturers and distributors, consulting firms, educational institutions and media properties.
Source: Bellwether League Inc. – July 17, 2015
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8. Joint Commission & ASHE Launch Portal to Address Environmental Challenges
The Joint Commission and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) launched the new Physical Environment Portal on July 14 to provide online resources and tools for hospitals to be compliant with the eight most challenging Joint Commission Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) standards.
The new portal was unveiled in front of an audience at the ASHE Annual Conference in Boston. It is now publicly available and includes resources for both facility managers and leadership. For Joint Commission-accredited organizations, there also is an enhanced feature that includes actual surveyor comments and other resources. While the overall portal is primarily geared toward hospitals, several of the upcoming education modules and other information will be relevant to ambulatory surgery centers and other health care organizations. 
Source: Joint Commission E-Alerts – July 16, 2015
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9. Medical Recall
Baxter Initiates Voluntary Recall Of Two Lots Of IV Solutions Due To The Potential Presence Of Particulate Matter
Baxter International Inc. announced on July 17 it is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. The particulate matter in each case was determined to be an insect and was identified as a result of a customer complaint. The matter was identified prior to patient administration and there have been no adverse events associated with this issue reported to Baxter.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration – July 21, 2015
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10. Check Out the Latest Issue of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is one of the premier benefits and resources of being an AHRMM member. Published six times a year, this publication provides up-to-date information on the latest healthcare supply chain trends, best practices, case studies, and Association activities.  
Check out the latest July/August issue online.  Not receiving your bi-monthly Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine in the mail? Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840 and confirm your primary mailing address.
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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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