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CMRP Scholarships Open Now Through August 17                       
Advance your career in 2017 by earning and maintaining your Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP)! Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP exam or renewal scholarship now through August 17, will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee or authorization to renew with the renewal fee waived.
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The FDA is aware of data quality concerns around data submitted by manufacturers complying with the new UDI standard and data in the AccessGUDID - the publicly available version of the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). 

On August 29, this webinar will address these concerns by outlining the FDA's role in ensuring data quality. In addition, webinar viewers will have an opportunity to discuss current uses of UDI and AccessGUDID across the device lifecycle to identify opportunities for improvement in data consistency and usefulness based upon your user requirements.

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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.
CDC, FDA alert providers to recall of Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup
The docusate sodium solutions, manufactured by PharmaTech LLC and distributed by Rugby Laboratories, may be contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, which can cause serious or life-threatening infections in patients with compromised immune systems or chronic lung conditions. More.
Source: AHA Today - August 7, 2017
New Vulnerabilities Reported for Imaging Devices, Printers
Please see two recent updates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about potential vulnerabilities that could impact health providers. 
Source: AHA Today - August 4, 2017
Senators Unveil New ACA Repeal and Replace Legislation
The bill maintains the Medicaid changes included in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) while creating a second optional block grant program that provides Medicaid expansion and tax credit dollars to states to provide coverage. More.
Source: AHA Today - August 2, 2017
Medicare Finalizes Fiscal Year 2018 Payment & Policy Changes for Skilled Nursing Facilities
Policies in the final rule continue to build on CMS' commitment to shift Medicare payments from volume to value, with continued implementation of the SNF Value-based Purchasing (VBP) program. More.
Source: HPN Daily Update - August 2, 2017
This case study provides a review of Grady Health System’s transformation from traditional Value Analysis Joint Product Review Team structure to Value Based Selection Committees which promote shared governance including system wide physicians and executives focusing on full integration of cost, quality, outcome (CQO) analysis to ensure selection of products offering the greatest overall value for cost reduction and improvement of outcomes.
By: Lora Johnson, MBA, BSN, RN, FAHRMM, CMRP, ACHE, Consulting Director at Vizient, Inc., Atlanta, GA
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