August 11, 2015
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1. The 2015 Board of Directors Election is Now Open
Voting for the 2016 AHRMM Board of Directors is now open. Voting closes on August 24, 2015 and this year there are three provider seats open.  Who gets elected is determined by those who participate! 
Only AHRMM members are eligible to vote for the Board of Directors.  All newly elected board members serve three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2016.
Yesterday, AHRMM members received 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! 
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2. AHRMM15 is in Full Swing!
Nearly 1,000 healthcare supply chain professionals have arrived in Indianapolis for AHRMM’s 53rd Annual Conference & Exhibition that started on Monday, August 10, with Pre-Conference sessions beginning Sunday. Attendees had the opportunity to maximize their AHRMM15 experience by attending Pre-Conference sessions and the Welcome Reception on Sunday, August 9. 
AHRMM15 kicked off with the Opening Keynote Address, We Count Our Successes in Lives: The Best Medical Result at the Lowest Necessary Cost presented by Brent C. James, M.D., M.Stat., and sponsored by Halyard Health.  
During this morning’s General Session, Leadership Brilliance, Simon T. Bailey, Executive Advisor, Career Mentor, and Keynote Speaker provided guidance on how leaders can reinvigorate and ignite a fresh mindset that enables a team and a practice to thrive.
In addition to General Sessions and Learning Labs, the AHRMM15 Exhibition 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.
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3. Brent T. Johnson Receives Leadership Award at AHRMM15
During the AHRMM 15 Opening General Session & Keynote Address yesterday, AHRMM presented the 2015  George R. Gossett Leadership Award to Brent Johnson, president and CEO of group purchasing organization Amerinet Inc. Before joining Amerinet, Johnson served as vice president of strategic sourcing at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City. He currently serves on the AHRMM board and chairs its Annual Conference Education Committee. “Brent Johnson is an outspoken proponent of health care supply chain management and challenges current thinking, strategies and paradigms to facilitate supply chain improvement and value creation,” said Christopher O'Connor, AHRMM immediate past chair. “…He demonstrates leadership, advocacy, and commitment to both AHRMM and the healthcare supply chain.”
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4. HealthTrust Joins AHRMM as the Newest CQO Movement Sponsor
On Monday, August 10 AHRMM proudly announced that HealthTrust has become the newest Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement Sponsor. This unique sponsorship program supports the AHRMM CQO Movement launched in 2013 that has transformed the way supply chain professionals impact healthcare. HealthTrust joins VHA, Inc. and Cook Medical as CQO Movement Sponsors. 
"HealthTrust is thrilled to stand behind AHRMM's movement to link quality and cost to outcomes, which has already reaped many positive results for supply chain leaders, including raising their profile as strategic partners," said HealthTrust President and CEO Ed Jones. "The mission of the CQO Movement to lower the total cost of the healing environment is a good fit with HealthTrust's Total Cost Management mission as well as our ongoing interest in enhancing quality across the continuum of care." 
AHRMM has developed a first-of-its-kind training and educational framework to support the CQO Movement and equip supply chain professionals with the skills and expertise needed to master the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes. With the support of CQO Movement Sponsors, AHRMM has the opportunity to deepen our offerings of valuable resources and tools including CQO Movement Case Studies and the CQO Leading Practice Repository. These resources continue to build the groundwork for supply chain professionals as they strive to work at the intersection of CQO within their organization. 
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5. Term of the Week
Open payments regulation: By law physicians and teaching hospitals to report on payments from drug, medical device and biologics companies, the Open Payments program aims to create greater transparency around the financial relationships of these entities. Almost immediately after the Open Payments website launched in September 2014, there were claims that the database included incorrect information. In January, CMS officials said there were going to be major changes made to the program, and the 2015 data is reported to be easier to understand.
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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6. CDC Issues 2015-2016 Flu Vaccination Recommendations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has updated its recommendations for flu vaccination for the 2015-2016 flu season. The recommendations remove the preference for live attenuated influenza vaccine for healthy children aged 2-8, and update the algorithm for determining the appropriate number of doses for children 6 months to 8 years old, among other information. The report also describes the 2015-2016 flu vaccines and their composition.
Source: AHA News Now – August 10, 2015
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7. CDC Recommends Community-wide Approach to Preventing Antibiotic Resistance
On August 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that public health departments track and alert healthcare facilities to drug-resistant outbreaks in their area, and work with them to reduce the threat of germs transferring between facilities. Among other actions, the “Vital Signs” report recommends that healthcare administrators alert receiving facilities when transferring patients who have drug resistant germs and participate in related prevention activities in their area. In an AHASTAT blog post, John Combes, M.D., AHA senior vice president and chief medical officer, said, “America’s hospitals stand ready to work with the community and other caregivers to prevent the spread of infection.” 
Source: AHA News Now – August 4, 2015
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8. CQO Movement Case Studies – Member Only Benefit
AHRMM has worked with several healthcare supply chain teams to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement
AHRMM members have full access to CQO Movement Case Studies.   Read the case studies to learn how other supply chain professionals work at the intersection of CQO to reduce costs while improving patient care and driving greater financial outcomes for their organizations.
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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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