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Voting for the 2016 Board Election is Now Open through August 15
Yesterday, AHRMM members received an email notification with their membership number and a link to the 2016 voting website.  At the election voting website, enter your membership number and your last name and you're ready to cast your vote! 

This year there are two provider seats and one affiliate seat open for the 2016 Election. Who gets elected is determined by those who participate! Make sure to view candidate profiles to make an informed decision.

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AHRMM16 is in Full Swing!
Over 1,100 attendees have made their way to San Diego for the AHRMM Conference & Exhibition. Attendees had the opportunity to maximize their AHRMM16 experience by attending Pre-Conference sessions and the Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 31. 
AHRMM16 kicked off with the Opening General Session & Keynote Address, Why Winners Win, with the inspirational World Champion Adventure Racer, award-winning motivational speaker, 3x Guinness World Record kayaker, San Diego firefighter, 10x Ironman triathlete, and New York Times bestselling author, Robyn Benincasa, followed by insightful and interactive Learning Lab sessions throughout the afternoon.
Implementation officer for Cynosure Health, Pat Teske, led this morning’s General Session, All In: Using Collaboratives to Accelerate Improvement. Her message was particularly relevant for all attendees, as supply chain plays an increasingly important role in healthcare’s transition to a system that rewards value, not volume. 
The AHRMM16 Exhibition on Monday afternoon and this morning offered an excellent opportunity for attendees to visit the booths of leading companies serving the healthcare supply chain sector and presenting the latest products and technology solutions.

Christopher J. O’Connor Receives Leadership Award at AHRMM16
During the AHRMM16 Opening General Session & Keynote Address yesterday, AHRMM presented the 2016 George R. Gossett Leadership Award to Christopher J. O’Connor, FACHE, CMRP, FAHRMM, Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., President of GNYHA Services, Inc., and President of Nexera, Inc. As a past AHRMM Board Chair, O’Connor aimed to create discussion, build consensus, and motivate change throughout the healthcare landscape. He was instrumental in the nationwide launch of the CQO Movement, introducing the platform in 2013 and continues to advance a vision of the strategic healthcare supply chain.
“Christopher’s visionary, transformative and engaging qualities were essential in propelling the supply chain profession and the AHRMM membership into positioning supply chain at the intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO),” said Mary Beth Lang, current Chair of the AHRMM Board of Directors. “Without his tenacity and leadership, the CQO Movement may have been a fleeting concept.”

CDC Issues Updated Plan for Local Zika Transmission; Florida Cases Grow to 14
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released an updated interim plan for responding to locally acquired cases of Zika virus infection in the continental U.S. and Hawaii. The Florida Department of Health has identified 10 additional people with Zika virus in an area north of Miami who likely contracted it through a mosquito bite, raising the estimated number of locally transmitted cases to 14. Only two of the affected individuals are women. Six of the new cases were asymptomatic and identified by a community survey. CDC has sent an Emergency Response Team to help with the investigation and mosquito control efforts at the governor’s request, some of whom arrived last week. CDC advises pregnant women to avoid non-essential travel to the area, and issued recommendations for women of reproductive age and their partners who live in or traveled to the area after June 15. In other news, the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a $5.1 million contract to develop a faster blood test for Zika virus. For more on the Zika virus, visit www.cdc.gov/zika or www.aha.org/zika.  
Source: AHA News Now – August 1, 2016

CMS Further Clarifies Applicable Laboratories, Data under CLFS Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance further clarifying the steps for determining whether a laboratory qualifies as an “applicable laboratory” under a final rule implementing changes to the Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule, which take effect Jan. 1, 2018. The guidance also clarifies what data applicable laboratories and reporting entities must collect and report to CMS; the data collection and reporting periods; and the implementation schedule. Additional information on the data collection system and advanced diagnostic laboratory tests will be issued through separate guidance, CMS said. 
Source: AHA News Now – August 1, 2016

FDA Revises Warnings for Oral And Injectable Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made changes to the labels for fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs administered by mouth or injection to address potential serious safety issues. The revised “boxed warning,” the agency’s strongest warning, notes that the drugs are “associated with disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system” that can occur together. “Healthcare professionals should not prescribe systemic fluoroquinolones to patients who have other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis (ABS), acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (ABECB), and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI) because the risks outweigh the benefits in these patients,” the agency states.
For more, see the FDA Safety Announcement.
Source: AHA News Now – July 27, 2016

New AHRMM CQO Report: CQO and the Triple Aim: Supply Chain’s Strategic Connection
Yesterday, AHRMM released the latest Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Report: CQO and the Triple Aim: Supply Chain’s Strategic Connection. This report contains seven case studies on healthcare organizations that have successfully aligned their supply chains to the CQO Movement and the Triple Aim through initiatives such as supply and process standardization to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs), to logistical improvements aimed at delivering better patient care to the bedside and beyond.

The intention of this report is to share best practices and generate discussion around supply chain’s connection to these two key initiatives, thereby empowering healthcare supply chain professionals to improve the quality of patient care while driving greater efficiency and better financial outcomes for their organizations.

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