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Apply for the CMRP Exam Scholarship Now Through September 1
 
CMRPInvest in your career and receive your Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) certification. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP Scholarship between August 23, 2016 and September 1, 2016 will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee. This is a limited-time, exclusive offer only available to active AHRMM members who meet the CMRP eligibility requirements.
 
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CMS Pay-for-Performance Webinar this Thursday - Only $29 for AHRMM Members
To ensure our members remain at the top of the healthcare supply chain field, we lowered the AHRMM member pricing to $29 for the webinar this Thursday, Anatomy & Physiology of CMS Pay-for-Performance.
 
Join the discussion on CMS payment models with a focus on the CMS Value Based Purchasing Program. Register now to take advantage of the discounted pricing.
 
Member Price:  $99 $29 | Non-Member Price: $149 | CPE Credit: 1

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Report from the July 2016 AHRMM Board Meeting is Now Available
Download the AHRMM Board Meeting Overview Report from July 30, 2016 here.
 
The report, compiled after each board meeting, is intended to keep members, chapter leaders, and collaborators informed about the work of the AHRMM Board. You can search previous Board Meeting Overview reports in the Leadership section on the AHRMM website.
INDUSTRY NEWS
CMS: ICD-10 Claims Auditing/Quality Reporting Flexibility Expires Oct. 1 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week updated its guidance on ICD-10 claims auditing and quality reporting flexibility for Part B physician fee schedule claims, noting that the flexibility will expire Oct. 1 as planned. CMS provided flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process for the first 12 months after ICD-10 implementation.
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 22, 2016

ASPR Issues Tips for Caring for Healthcare Facility Staff After a Disaster
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response on August 18 issued tips to help healthcare facilities retain and care for staff after a disaster, such as the recent flooding in Louisiana. “The aftermath of a disaster can be traumatic,” the resource notes. “People may want to return to work, but may be hampered by injury, caring for loved ones, or unable to access transportation. These tips can help healthcare facility executives provide support for those who care so much for others, ensuring the continuity of a healthy, safe workforce and a resilient community at large.”
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 19, 2016

FDA Issues Update on Recalled Custom Ultrasonics Endoscope Reprocessors
The Food and Drug Administration continues to recommend that healthcare facilities not use certain Custom Ultrasonics automated endoscope reprocessors to reprocess duodenoscopes, the agency said on August 17 in a safety communication. The System 83 Plus reprocessors were recalled in May, but remain in service for reprocessing endoscopes other than duodenoscopes. For more information, including recommendations for healthcare facilities, see the FDA safety communication.
 
Source: AHA News Now – August 17, 2016

Zika Updates
HHS Awards Contract to Develop Rapid, High-Capacity Zika Diagnostic Test
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded a $2.6 million contract to further develop a test that may help physicians determine more quickly whether a patient was infected recently with Zika virus. The automated laboratory test uses a system that can test up to 120 samples at once and generate results within an hour.
Source: AHA News Now – August 22, 2016
 
CDC Updates Zika Guidance for Infants, Announces New Area of Local Transmission
On August 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated clinical guidance for healthcare providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The revised guidance updates recommendations for the initial evaluation and testing of infants born to mothers with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and includes recommendations for the management, referral and follow-up of infants with laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection.
Source: AHA News Now – August 19, 2016
 
For more information on Zika, visit www.cdc.gov/zika and www.aha.org/zika.

ASHE, Joint Commission Publish New Resources Related to Fire Safety
The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) and the Joint Commission have posted new fire safety resources as part of a joint project to help hospitals comply with some of the most commonly cited Joint Commission regulations.
 
The new resources, which can be found at ASHE’s Focus on Compliance website or the Joint Commission’s Physical Environment Portal, cover issues related to automatic sprinkler systems.
 
Source: Health Facilities Management This Week – August 19, 2016

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New AHRMM Webinar - FREE For Members
Join AHRMM and HealthTrust on September 29 for an overview of proposed CMS episode payment models including cardiovascular care and also changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacements model. Discuss how hospitals should be preparing in the meantime for the three new episode payment models go-live date of July 1, 2017.  
 
Member Price: FREE | Non-Member Price: $49 | CPE Credit: 1
 
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