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Congratulations to Susan Wills for Achieving AHRMM Fellow Status
Susan WillsAHRMM congratulates Susan A. Wills, MBA, CMRP, FAHRMM, Director Strategic Sourcing and Contracts at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts, for receiving her AHRMM Fellow designation.
The designation of AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) recognizes current AHRMM members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the supply chain field. Original in content and written by FAHRMM members, Fellow papers describe innovative, practical, and cost-effective approaches and/or experiences in the healthcare supply chain.
Click here to access Susan Will’s Fellow Paper, Painful Product Conversions: Partnering with Nursing for Positive Results.

CMS Pay-for-Performance Programs Impact on Supply Chain – August 25
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pay-for-performance programs impact all acute care hospitals in the United States. Several programs directly impact the supply chain, including value-based purchasing, readmissions reduction, and the hospital acquired conditions (HACs) penalty programs.
Register now for next week’s webinar, Anatomy & Physiology of CMS Pay-for-Performance, to gain a better understanding of CMS programs’ structure, measures, and specific payment connections through Federal Fiscal Year 2018 with an emphasis on value-based purchasing.
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AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Resource and Materials Management (CMRP) credential in July 2016:
  • Rita Antis Suffolk, VA
  • James Athnos, APO
  • Jodie Butler, State College, PA
  • Adam Clark MBA, Fishers, IN
  • Richard Curtis, Frederick, MD
  • Nancy Duffy, Monroe, MI
  • Steven Epifano, Stratford, NJ
  • Robert Felts, Evanston, IL
  • Karen Gillette, Cedarburg, WI
  • Donna Gross, Silver Spring, MD
  • Tracey Hickox, Gainesville, FL
  • Bryan LaBuda, Brunswick, GA
  • Robert Michel, Haslet, TX
  • Thomas Naughton, Hampton, VA
  • Casey Perry, Wenatchee, WA
  • Stephanie Phillips Addison, TX
  • Jonathan Pierce, Twin Falls, ID
  • Scott Porterfield, Madison, WI
  • Michael Rawls, Boone, NC
  • Deanna Ringelberg, Deland, FL
  • Luis Rolle, Fort Hood, TX
  • Al Schreiber, Orlando, FL
  • Renee Schroeder, Hamburg, MN
  • Vanessa Taggart, Allentown, PA
  • Jayson Talbert, Maitland, FL
  • Samuel Weech, Show Low, AZ
  • Sandra Weiner, Port Clinton, OH
HHS Declares Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico in Response to Zika
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico in response to the Zika outbreak. “This emergency declaration allows us to provide additional support to the Puerto Rican government and reminds us of the importance of pregnant women, women of childbearing age and their partners taking additional steps to protect themselves and their families from Zika,” she said. Specifically, the declaration allows the territory to apply for Department of Labor funds to hire and train workers to help with vector control, and request the temporary reassignment of certain public health personnel to the Zika response. As of Friday, the Puerto Rico Department of Health has reported 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika, including 1,035 pregnant women. With the exception of six locally acquired cases in the Miami area, all Zika cases in the continental U.S. have been travel-related. For more information visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika
Source: AHA News Now – August 15, 2016

HRSA Awards Rural Health Grants
The Health Resources and Services Administration on August 11 awarded $16 million in fiscal year 2016 rural health grants to build sustainable telehealth programs and networks in medically underserved areas; improve care for populations with high rates of chronic conditions; and research to improve access to health care and population health. The grants, administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, will support 60 rural communities in 32 states, the agency said. In addition, eight states in the Delta region will receive $10 million in FY 2016 grants to reduce chronic diseases that disproportionately affect the region, HRSA said. The funds will support collaborative efforts among healthcare providers to use an evidence-based model to address diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, stroke and behavioral health.
Source: AHA News Now – August 12, 2016

HHS Updating Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Guidelines
The Department of Health & Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR) is seeking feedback on its 2017 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities draft.
The draft is an update to its 2012 guidance, and outlines objectives for the nation’s health care delivery system to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program is the only source of federal funding that promotes a sustained national focus to improve patient outcomes, minimize the need for supplemental state and federal resources during emergencies, and enable rapid recovery.
The four capability goals outlined in the guidance are:
  • Establishing a foundation for health care and medical readiness
  • Healthcare and medical response and recovery coordination
  • Continuity of healthcare service delivery
  • Timely and efficient care during a medical surge
Source: Health Facilities Management – August 12, 2016

OSHA and NIOSH Guidance for Protecting Healthcare Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus
Employers and workers in healthcare settings and laboratories should follow good infection control and biosafety practices (including universal precautions) as appropriate, to prevent or minimize the risk of transmission of infectious agents (e.g., Zika virus). Always follow universal precautions for potential BBP exposures, as described in OSHA's BBP standard (29 CFR 1910.1030).
View the interim guidance fact sheet, which provides employers and workers with information and guidance on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus. The guidance may be updated as additional information becomes available.
Source: HPN Daily Update – August 12, 2016

CMS Modifies Value-Based Model for MA, Prescription Drug Plans for 2018
On August 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced refinements to the design of the second year of the Medicare Advantage Valued-Based Insurance Design Model. The model, announced last year, will test whether giving MA plans flexibility to offer supplemental benefits or reduced cost sharing to targeted groups of enrollees with certain chronic conditions improves health outcomes and reduces costs. The model will begin in January in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and in 2018 in Alabama, Michigan and Texas. In the second year of the model, CMS will adjust the clinical categories for which participants may offer benefits and change the minimum enrollment size for some MA and prescription drug plan participants. CMS expects to announce the first-year participants in September and request applications for the second year of the model this fall. For more information, visit innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/VBID.
Source: AHA News Now – August 11, 2016

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