July 28, 2015
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1. Voting for the 2016 Board Kicks off at AHRMM15 in Less than Two Weeks
Voting for the 2016 Board of Directors kicks off on August 10 during the AHRMM15 Annual Conference and ends on August 24, 2015. The voting process is quick and convenient. When voting opens, AHRMM members will receive an email notification with their membership number and a link to the 2015 voting website.  At the voting website, enter your membership number and your last name and you're ready to cast your vote! 
This year there are three provider seats open for the 2015 elections.  Who gets elected is determined by those who participate!  Visit the AHRMM Election webpage at www.ahrmm.org/Elections to view full candidate profiles and campaign video messages.
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2. New Complimentary Webinar on Enteral Tubing Connectors – August 19
Supply Chain’s Role in Improving Patient Safety with New Small Bore Connectors
AHRMM and Stay Connected continue to raise awareness about new small bore tubing connectors making their way into hospitals. Although laws require California healthcare institutions to begin using the unique connectors by July 2016, supply chain professionals across the country must be aware and take the necessary steps now to begin transitioning universal connectors to the new unique enteral, and then unique neuraxial small bore connectors.
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Cost: FREE
CPE: 1
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3. SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest- Recognize your Department and Win Merchandise
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*!
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. Build a Business Case and Obtain Executive Support for a Supplier Diversity Program
Supplier Diversity: A Strategic Value Proposition
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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5. Free Webinar this Thursday
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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6. Term of the Week
Cadillac tax: Legislation which is scheduled to take effect in 2018, the PPACA's "Cadillac tax" is meant to reduce overall healthcare costs by encouraging employers to offer cost-effective health benefits. With the tax looming, many large employers are already scaling back the benefits they offer employees, causing the affected workers to be offered plans with higher deductibles and co-payments.
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. AHA to Congress: Strengthen Existing Policy Framework to Promote HIE
On July 23, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on “achieving the promise of health information technology.” In a statement submitted for the record, AHA said it recommends using existing structures in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs to promote information sharing. “Adding additional policy drivers aimed at encouraging providers to share health information would be unnecessary, and could prove counterproductive, if they become overly prescriptive or contradict the larger set of payment incentives and quality initiatives in place,” AHA said. The association said hospitals need more flexibility under EHR “meaningful use” requirements, which hold hospitals accountable for events outside their control; interoperability standards should be mature and have clear implementation guidance before federal regulations mandate their use; and policy changes are needed to hold vendors accountable for the design and marketing of interoperable products.
Source: AHA News Now – July 23, 2015
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8. Medicare Trustees Report Shows Continued Slow Cost Growth
The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will have sufficient funds to cover its obligations until 2030, the same year that was projected last year and 13 years later than projected prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest annual report from the Medicare Board of Trustees. The 75-year actuarial deficit in the HI Trust Fund is projected at 0.68% of taxable payroll, down from 0.87% in last year’s report. Part B of Supplementary Medical Insurance, which pays doctors' bills and other outpatient expenses, and Part D, which provides access to prescription drug coverage, are both projected to remain adequately financed into the indefinite future because current law automatically provides financing each year to meet the next year's expected costs, the trustees said. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, per-enrollee Medicare spending growth has averaged 1.3% over the past five years and is expected to continue to be lower than growth in overall health expenditures over the next decade. In 2014, Medicare expenditures were slightly lower for Part A and Part D, and higher for Part B than previously estimated, CMS said.
Source: AHA News Now – July 22, 2015
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9. Medical Recall
Teva Parenteral Medicines Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select Lots of Adrucil (Fluorouracil Injection, USP) 5 G/100 mL (50 mg/mL) Due To Particulate Matter 
On July 24, Teva Parenteral Medicines announced a voluntary recall of six lots of Adrucil® (fluorouracil injection, USP) 5 g/100 mL (50 mg/mL) due to the potential presence of particulate matter identified as aggregate of silicone rubber pieces from a filler diaphragm and fluorouracil crystals.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration – July 28, 2015
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10. Advance Your Career Through the AHRMM Mentor Program
Connect with the mentor who has a skill or knowledge in an area you’ve identified as key to your career development. Get assistance with career planning, discuss a particularly challenging work issue, develop real solutions, and uncover missing tools and resources. Effective mentor/mentee relationships are being formed every day through the AHRMM Mentor Program. Why wait?
Mentor relationships are established for six months at a time. The specific goals and amount of time needed to participate in the program can vary by individual. The program is flexible enough for you to customize the experience to exactly what you would like. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders of the healthcare supply chain field. The program is FREE and only available to AHRMM Members!
Give it a try today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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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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