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AHRMM NEWS
Less than One Week Left to Vote: 2016 Board of Directors Election
The 2016 AHRMM Board of Directors Election is open through August 15, 2016. For the term beginning on January 1, 2017, there are two healthcare provider seats open, and one affiliate seat open. 
 
Voting is easy! Simply visit the election site, enter your 10-digit membership number and your last name, and you’re ready to mark your ballots!  (Your membership number is included at the top of this email.)
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Each AHRMM member’s participation is vital to the continued success of the Association. Make an informed decision! View all of the candidate profiles and personal flyers for this year’s election at www.ahrmm.org/Elections.

Thank You for Making AHRMM16 a Success!
On July 31- August 3, over 1,000 supply chain professionals and 200+ exhibitors gathered in San Diego for the 2016 AHRMM Conference & Exhibition. AHRMM16 attendees experienced exceptional education sessions, explored the latest products and solutions in the Exhibit Hall, and took advantage of networking face-to-face with leading supply chain thought leaders.
 
A special thank you to all the attendees, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers for contributing your time and effort to make the AHRMM's 54th Conference & Exhibition a resounding success!
 
If you missed AHRMM16 or are interested in recapping the entire learning experience, AHRMM offers an online version of all AHRMM16 Learning Lab sessions with audio synched with the PowerPoint presentations. AHRMM Members can purchase the proceedings for $230 and non-members for $300 in the AHRMM Online Store.
 
Be sure to join us for AHRMM17 on July 23-26, 2017, in Washington, DC!
 
Save the Date for AHRMM17

Recognize Your Department through the SC Week 2016 Celebration Contest
 
Celebrate SC Week
How does supply chain lead change to advance healthcare in your 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 leading change and provide a small description (300 words maximum) illustrating your department’s contributions to advancing 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 9, 2016
 
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 7/25/2016 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00pm CT on 9/9/2016. ARV of all prizes: $100. Subject to full Official Rules at www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek. Sponsor: AHRMM.

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.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Issuer of Health Plan ID Cards Announces Cyber Security Data Breach
Newkirk Products Inc. Friday announced a cyber security incident involving unauthorized access to a server containing certain personal information for 3.3 million members of about a dozen health insurance plans for which it issues health care ID cards. The data potentially subject to unauthorized access varies by plan but includes some combination of: the member's name, mailing address, type of plan, member and group ID number, names of dependents enrolled in the plan, primary care provider, and in some cases, date of birth, premium invoice information and Medicaid ID number. No health plan systems were accessed or affected, the company said. The company is mailing letters to affected individuals and offering them two years of free identity protection and restoration services. For more information, including affected health plans, visit http://newkirkproductsfacts.com or call 855-303-9773.
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 8, 2016

AHA Issues Guide on Creating Effective Hospital-Community Partnerships
A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative highlights promising practices for creating effective and sustainable hospital-community partnerships to build a culture of health. “Building a Culture of Health means creating a society that gives all individuals an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can, whatever their ethnic, geographic, racial, socioeconomic or physical circumstances may be,” the authors note. Based on interviews with hospital, health system and community leaders from 25 diverse communities, the guide shares lessons learned in: identifying community health needs and reaching consensus on priorities; identifying potential partners; creating sustainable partnership structures; overcoming obstacles; and assessing interventions and partnerships. Developed by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the free resource is available at hpoe.org/effectivepartnerships.
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 5, 2016

Joint Commission Updates Sentinel Event Data for 2016
The Joint Commission released its Sentinel Events report tracking through to the second quarter of 2016. Causes of sentinel events include falls, fires, ventilator death and utility system failure among other occurrences.
 
Nearly 70 percent of sentinel events reported to the Joint Commission from 2005 to today occurred in hospital settings. Another 10 percent took place in psychiatric hospitals. Outcomes of reported incidents include patient death, permanent or temporary harm, psychological impact and other adverse events. 
 
Source: Health Facilities Management – August 5, 2016

FDA Alerts Providers to Recall of Drug to Treat Serious Bacterial Infections
The Food and Drug Administration last Wednesday alerted pharmacy and nursing professionals to a voluntary recall of seven lots of an injectable drug used to treat certain serious bacterial infections, which may contain glass particulate matter. The Teva Pharmaceuticals Amikacin Sulfate Injection USP vials were distributed nationwide through wholesalers, retailers and pharmacies. Anyone with an existing inventory of the recalled lots should stop using and quarantine the product immediately, FDA said. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of the product to the FDA's MedWatch program.

Source: AHA News Now – August 4, 2016
NIH Launches Zika Vaccine Trial
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an experimental vaccine to prevent Zika virus. At least 80 healthy volunteers aged 18-35 years are expected to participate in the early-stage study at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD; Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Global Health in Baltimore; and Emory University in Atlanta. Initial data on safety and immune response are expected by January. If favorable, NIAID plans to initiate a Phase 2 trial early next year in Zika-endemic countries. “A safe and effective vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection and the devastating birth defects it causes is a public health imperative,” said NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, M.D. “NIAID worked expeditiously to ready a vaccine candidate, and results in animal testing have been very encouraging.”
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 3, 2016
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Insanitary Conditions for Compounding Facilities
On August 3, the Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for pharmacies, physician offices and outsourcing facilities that compound or repackage drugs or mix, dilute or repackage biological products. The guidance provides examples of insanitary conditions under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and recommended procedures to avoid or correct insanitary conditions in compounding facilities. The public comment period for the draft guidance will be open for 60 days. For information on how to submit comments to the public docket, see the notice in the Federal Register.
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 3, 2016
FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions July/August Issue 
The July/August digital edition of the member-only publication,Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Check out the latest issue which focuses on the connection between supply chain and the triple aim.
 

Article Highlight - Value Analysis and Standardization in the Military Health System
By AHRMM Board Member, LTC (Ret.) Paul J. Davis
 
SCSS July/August Article
In order to have a viable value analysis program, you must have a process in place that identifies opportunities, analyzes them, and finds VALUE – the sweet spot at the intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes.
 
 
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