August 18, 2015
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1. Less Than One Week Left to Vote: 2015 Board of Directors Election
The 2015 AHRMM Board of Directors Election is open through August 24, 2015. Every AHRMM member can vote to fill this year’s three open provider seats. All newly elected board members serve three-year terms, to begin on January 1, 2016 and end on December 31, 2018. 
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.)
Your participation is vital to the continued success of the Association. Please review the candidate profiles, flyers, and videos to make an informed decision.
Visit the AHRMM Election webpage at www.ahrmm.org/Elections to learn more about the 2015 Election. 
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2. Thank You for Making AHRMM15 a Success!
From August 9-12, nearly 1,000 healthcare supply chain professionals arrived in Indianapolis for AHRMM’s 53rd Annual Conference & Exhibition .  Attendees experienced exceptional education sessions, explored hundreds of the latest products and solutions, and networked with hundreds of their peers.  
The AHRMM15 Exhibition featured nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest products, platforms, and services helping to drive healthcare innovation and cost reduction forward.  While walking the Exhibit Hall, attendees had the opportunity to play Pathway to Prizes and those who visited all participating booths were entered to win exciting prizes, including a complimentary Full Conference Registration to AHRMM16.
Congratulations to the 2015 Pathway to Prizes winners:
  • Monique Deguara, Director, Central Purchasing, Franciscan Alliance
  • Michael Foster, CMRP, Director of Materials Management, North Shore University Hospital
  • Melinda Pena, Senior Contract Specialist, University of Miami
  • Tracy Pileski, Supervisor OR Materials Management, Upstate University Hospital
  • Ana Saltos, MBA, iSynergy Supply Chain Training Analysts, Adventist Health System
  • Ami Schlotman, Manager, Logistics Management, TriHealth – Bethesda North Hospital
  • Angela Walton, MBA, CMRP, Supply Chain Director, Pearland Medical Center 
A special thank you to all the attendees, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers for contributing your time and effort to make the AHRMM's 53rd Conference & Exhibition a resounding success!
If you missed AHRMM15 or are interested in recapping the entire learning experience, AHRMM offers an online version of all AHRMM15 Learning Lab sessions with audio synched with the PowerPoint presentations. AHRMM Members can purchase the proceedings for $230 and non-members for $300 at the AHRMM Store.
Be sure to join us for AHRMM16 in San Diego!
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3. Free Webinar Tomorrow – Stay Connected: An Update on New Enteral Tubing 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
Speakers: Thomas Hancock, MBA, Executive Director, GEDSA and Bob Cuthbertson, CMRP, Director, Materials Management, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
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4. Recognize Your Department through the SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest
How does supply chain deliver excellence in your healthcare 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 delivering excellence and provide a small description (300 words maximum) illustrating your department’s contributions to 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 8, 2015. 
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 7/27/2015 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00pm CT on 9/8/2015. ARV of all prizes: $100. 
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5. Mark Your Calendars – Three Upcoming AHRMM Webinars
Controlling Capital Expenditures to Meet Fiscal Goals - August 26
From budgeting and planning to procurement and implementation the need is great and the opportunity for cost and efficiency savings is significant.
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speaker: Thomas Allen Archer, System Director Supply Chain Management, Houston Healthcare
Good to Great: Applying Lean Concepts to Healthcare - September 9
This session provides an overview of supply chain management and the areas that could be modified to reduce waste, whether that it is wasted efforts or wasted products.
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET 
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speaker: Thomas Allen Archer, System Director Supply Chain Management, Houston Healthcare
Value Analysis Best Practices: A Panel Discussion - September 16
This panel of three leading experts in the Value Analysis field will candidly share information regarding the status of Value Analysis when they entered the field, their experiences during the evolution of Value Analysis to current state in their perspective organizations and discuss their thoughts on the future state of Value Analysis as well as Lessons Learned along the way.
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: Kelle Laws, Executive Director, Medical Products and Devices; Dee Donatelli, Director, Navigant Healthcare; and Nancy Masaschi, Senior Director, MedAssets
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6. Term of the Week
Health Insurance Navigators: Under the PPACA, a navigator program was established to help guide consumers and small businesses in their quest to purchase insurance plans through the exchanges. By law, navigators are organizations or individuals who are required to be unbiased and offer their services for free, helping consumers learn about their coverage options and how to enrol. 
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. AHA Posts ICD-10 Checklist for Hospitals; CMS Issues Clinician Resources
The AHA recently posted a checklist reviewing key steps hospital leaders should take to ensure a successful transition to ICD-10. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a series of ICD-10 guides for clinicians in certain medical specialties, and an infographic about ICD-10 coding, reimbursement, testing and resources for physicians. Healthcare 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 17, 2015
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8. CMS Announces Phase 2 Bundled Payment Initiative Participants
A total of 360 organizations have entered agreements with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assume financial risk for an episode of care during the second phase of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, the agency announced on August 13. The awardees have partnered with 1,755 post-acute care providers, hospitals and physician group practices who participate as “episode initiators” but do not bear risk directly. The initiative is testing four bundled payment models for hospital and/or post-acute care in an effort to better coordinate care and reduce costs. CMS required participants to transition at least one episode of care to the risk-bearing phase by July 1. For more on the initiative and participants, visit:
Source: AHA News Now – August 14, 2015
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9. CMS Extends Two-Midnight Partial Enforcement Delay
As urged by the AHA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on August 12 extended through Dec. 31 the partial enforcement delay of the two-midnight policy. The current delay was set to expire Sept. 30. Under the extension, Recovery Audit Contractors are prohibited from conducting post-payment patient status reviews for claims with dates of admission from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015. In addition, CMS provided further details related to previously announced changes in the agency’s education and enforcement strategies for patient status claims. Specifically, beginning Oct. 1, Quality Improvement Organizations will assume responsibility for conducting initial patient status reviews to determine the appropriateness of Part A payment for short-stay inpatient hospital claims. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2015, patient status reviews conducted by the QIOs will be based on Medicare’s current two-midnight policy. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, patient status reviews will be conducted in accordance with any policy changes finalized in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule and effective in calendar year 2016. In addition, CMS announced that the third round of Probe and Educate reviews is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2015. For more on the announcement, visit www.cms.gov. Rick Pollack, AHA executive vice president, said the association was pleased with today’s announcement and appreciative of the detail provided. “We will continue to work with the agency as it finalizes its two-midnight policy changes and implements reforms to the flawed RAC program,” he said.
Source: AHA News Now – August 12, 2015
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10. Medical Recall
Cook Medical Issues Global Recall Of Beacon Tip Angiographic Catheter Products
On July 2, 2015, Cook Medical initiated a lot-specific voluntary recall of 2,239 lots of Beacon Tip Angiographic Catheters. Globally, 95,167 devices are subject to this recall. The products include specific versions and lot numbers of the Torcon NB® Advantage Beacon® Tip Catheters (Catalog Prefix HNBR5.0), Royal Flush® Plus Beacon® Tip High-Flow Catheters (Catalog Prefix HNR4.0), and Slip-Cath® Beacon® Tip Catheters (Catalog Prefix SCBR5.0).
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – August 14, 2015
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11. AHRMM Fellow Paper - Realizing the Risks of Outsourcing
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.
Grace Jackson, BA, MS, CMRP, FAHRMM
This Fellow paper presents a case study illustration of one organizations journey through an outsource implementation.  Through a consolidation of lessons learned, standard protocols for ongoing vendor relationship and performance management are established.
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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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