August 4, 2015
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1. The Final Countdown to AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition!
AHRMM15 kicks off this Sunday with Pre-Conference sessions followed by the First-time Attendee & New Member Orientation Reception and the AHRMM15 Welcome Reception. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with nearly 1,000 fellow healthcare supply chain professionals at AHRMM15.
This year AHRMM15 is taking place in Indianapolis, August 9-12. Register today for the full-conference program or choose from these two convenient registration options to fit your busy schedule:
Includes all programs and events on the selected day (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday).
Exhibit Hall Only 
Includes admittance to the Exhibit Hall for the selected day only (Monday or Tuesday).
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Monday, August 10 
1:15– 4:15 pm
Tuesday, August 11
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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2. Review Candidate Profiles for the 2015 Election – Voting Opens Monday
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 election 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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3. Stay Connected: An Update on New Enteral Tubing Connectors – August 19
Stay Connected: An Update on New Enteral Tubing Connectors
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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4. New On-Demand Recording: CMRP Certification Exam Preparation Two-Part Series
Interested in earning your Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) certification or preparing to take the CMRP Exam? The CMRP Certification Exam Preparation Two-Part Series is now available on-demand so you can learn and access materials at your own pace.
This two-part on-demand recording series identifies the basics of the CMRP Certification Exam, including the role of the AHA-CC, exam eligibility, the five major content areas, and cognitive levels (“types of questions”).
Track: Professional Development
Cost: $149 AHRMM Members; $199 Non Members
CPEs: 3
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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
Federation of State Medical Boards or FSMB: The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national non-profit organization representing the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the United States and its territories. The FSMB leads by promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation as the national resource and voice on behalf of state medical and osteopathic boards in their protection of the public.
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. FDA Safety Communication on Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing
The FDA has released a detailed list of supplemental duodenoscope reprocessing measures that emerged from an agency-led expert panel meeting earlier this year. Hospitals and healthcare facilities that utilize duodenoscopes can, in addition to meticulously following manufacturer reprocessing instructions, take one or more of these additional steps to further reduce the risk of infection and increase the safety of these medical devices. The communication includes all Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes (side-viewing duodenoscopes).
Source: HPN Daily Update – August 4, 2015
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8. FDA Alerts Healthcare Facilities to Infusion Pump Cybersecurity Vulnerability
The Food and Drug Administration has alerted healthcare facilities to cybersecurity vulnerabilities with an infusion pump used for continuous delivery of general infusion therapy. According to FDA, Hospira and an independent researcher confirmed that the Symbiq Infusion System could be accessed remotely through a hospital network, which could allow an unauthorized user to control the device and change the dosage the pump delivers. The agency is not aware of any adverse events or unauthorized access of the system in a healthcare setting, but strongly encourages facilities to transition to alternative infusion systems as soon as possible and consider taking certain steps to reduce the risk of unauthorized system access while transitioning. Hospira has stopped making and distributing the Symbiq Infusion System due to unrelated issues, and is working with customers to transition to alternative systems. In May, FDA issued recommendations to reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities identified in two other computerized infusion pumps made by Hospira.
Source: AHA News Now – August 3, 2015
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9. CMS Updates Q&A on Initial ICD-10 Claims Auditing/Quality Reporting Flexibility
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday updated its guidance related to the recent announcement that Medicare audit contractors will not deny certain Part B physician fee schedule claims based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 code for 12 months after ICD-10 implementation. The guidance answers frequently asked questions about the July 6 announcement, which also dealt with related quality reporting flexibility. Health care 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 or www.cms.gov
Source: AHA News Now – August 3, 2015
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10. CMS Issues Final FY 2016 Inpatient PPS Rule
On July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2016, which will increase rates by 0.9% after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. Specifically, the final rule includes an initial market-basket update of 2.4% for those hospitals that were meaningful users of electronic health records in FY 2014 and that submit data on quality measures, less a productivity cut of 0.5 percentage point and an additional market-basket cut of 0.2 percentage point, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. In addition, CMS finalizes a 0.8 percentage point cut that would, in part, fulfill the requirement of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 that the agency recoup what it claims is the effect of documentation and coding changes from FYs 2010-2012, which CMS says do not reflect real changes in case mix. The rule also includes ACA-mandated Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital reductions, which will reduce overall Medicare DSH payments by $1.2 billion in FY 2016. CMS also finalizes its proposal to require hospitals to submit certain clinical quality measures electronically in calendar year 2016 for payment in the FY 2018 Inpatient Quality Reporting program. However, the agency will require the submission of four electronic clinical quality measures rather than the 16 it had proposed. CMS also will expand the patient population of the pneumonia readmission measure used in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program beginning in FY 2017 but will exclude certain patients from the expanded population. CMS did not extend the partial enforcement delay of the two-midnight policy that expires on Sept.30, despite proposing changes to the policy in the outpatient PPS rule that would not take effect before Jan. 1, 2016.
Source: AHA News Now – July 31, 2015
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11. CMS Releases FY 2016 IRF Final Rule
Only July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a final rule updating Medicare fee-for-service payments for inpatient rehabilitation facilities for fiscal year 2016. The rule provides an overall 1.8% update ($135 million), which includes a 2.4% market-basket update, mandatory cuts of 0.5 percentage point for productivity and an additional 0.2 percentage point, and a 0.1 percentage point increase for the updated outlier threshold. In response to concerns raised by the AHA and other stakeholders, the agency makes material improvements to the proposed methodology for a new IRF-specific market basket, which will be implemented for FY 2016. To meet the IRF Quality Reporting Program changes mandated in the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, CMS re-adopts one pressure ulcer measure, and adds six new measures assessing functional status and falls with injury. CMS also will begin publicly reporting certain IRF QRP data in the fall of 2016. The final rule will take effect Oct. 1.
Source: AHA News Now – July 31, 2015
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12. Medical Recall
Baxter Initiates Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Iv Solution Due To The Potential For Leaking Containers, Particulate Matter And Missing Port Protectors 
Baxter International Inc. announced on July 30, 2015 it is voluntarily recalling one lot of intravenous (IV) solution to the hospital/user level due to the potential for leaking containers, particulate matter and missing port protectors. Baxter was made aware of these issues through customer complaints. There have been no adverse events associated with this lot reported to Baxter to date.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration – August 3, 2015
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13. Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions Digital Edition
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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