August 25, 2015
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1. 2015 Election Participation Exceeds Goal
AHRMM extended the challenge, you met and exceeded it!
The 2015 Elections closed yesterday with 1,035 votes, exceeding our member participation goal!  
THANK YOU for stepping up to the challenge and participating in the 2015 Board of Directors Elections.  
Your participation will ensure that the association meets your needs and remains the premier resource for healthcare supply chain professionals.  Thanks for making your voice heard!  
AHRMM is tallying and verifying the votes and election results will be announced on September 4, 2015. 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/Elections to learn more about the 2015 Election. 
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2. CMRP Exam Scholarship Open Through September 4
AHRMM offers scholarships for receiving and renewing the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship between August 24, 2015 and September 4, 2015 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. 
For more information about the application, schedule, and guidelines, visit the CMRP Scholarship page.
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3. Be Proactive in Capital Planning by Attending Tomorrow’s Webinar
Controlling Capital Expenditures to Meet Fiscal Goals 
From budgeting and planning to procurement and implementation the need is great and the opportunity for cost and efficiency savings is significant. This session will describe how Wellmont Health System took control of their Capital Spending to develop a national model of excellence in capital management.
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
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4. Access AHRMM15 Sessions Through Online Conference Proceedings
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.
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5. Don’t Miss Your Chance to Boost Your Team with a Supply Chain Week Celebration!
National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) will be celebrated October 4-10, 2015.  SC Week, sponsored by AHRMM, provides an opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare industry. 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for list of activities and ways to celebrate with your staff during SC Week.
2015 SC Week Product Catalog: Begin planning your celebration activities now by ordering well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends. 
Order by September 14, 2015 to ensure delivery by SC Week!  
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 SC Week, AHRMM wants to hear how supply chain delivers excellence in your healthcare organiation by entering the SC Week Celebration Contest. 
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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6. Report from the August 2015 AHRMM Board Meeting Is Now Available
The AHRMM Board Meeting Overview Report from the August 8, 2015 Board meeting, is now available in the Leadership section on the AHRMM website. The report, compiled after each board meeting, is intended to keep members, chapter leaders, and industry partners informed about the work of the AHRMM Board.
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7. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in July 2015:
  • Zac Abel, Everett, WA
  • Douglas Barnes, Waldorf, MD
  • Michael Cathers, Columbus, OH
  • Kelly Dickens, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Laura Farnham, Libby, MT
  • Berri Hicks, Simpsonville, SC
  • Vahid Ivojevic, Denver, CO
  • Kristin Jensen, Charleston, SC
  • Ed Jones, White Hall, AR
  • Christopher Klerk, Chandler, AZ
  • Ashley Latta, Columbus, OH
  • Treven Mull, Seattle, WA
  • Kendra Pitts, Birmingham, AL
  • Angela Rideout, Rockford, IL
  • Matthew Rouse, Cilve, IA
  • David Ryan, Franklin, TN
  • Tom Sanders, Sun Lakes, AZ
  • Teresa Schafer Barcus, Dallas, TX
  • Eric Schuenemann, Kansas City, MO
  • Barry Smith, Nashville, TN
  • Marvin Todd, Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Jessica Turnock, Phoenix, AZ
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8. Term of the Week
Medical Tourism
Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon, attracting those seeking lower medical costs as well as people wanting to turn getting medical care into a vacation-like experience. It is estimated that more than 1 million Americans went abroad for care in 2014, according to a CNN report. Many medical tourism professionals have their eyes on Cuba this year, as it may become the next hot spot for Americans seeking healthcare abroad, according to The New York Times.
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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9. CMS Updates List of ICD-10 Codes Exempt From Present-On-Admission Reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its list of ICD-10 diagnosis codes that do not require a Present-On-Admission indicator on Medicare inpatient prospective payment system claims in fiscal year 2016. CMS will provide an update on ICD-10 implementation during a National Provider Call Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Experts from the AHA and American Health Information Management Association also will offer coding guidance and tips during the call. To register, click here. Health care claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures beginning Oct. 1. For more on the transition to ICD-10, including a checklist for the ICD-10 homestretch, visit www.aha.org or www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – August 21, 2015
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10. GUDID Data Submission Compliance Date Extended to October 24, 2015
The FDA has posted a guidance titled, "Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID): Data Submission Compliance Date of September 24, 2015 - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff."
On August 7, 2015, due to a security vulnerability in GUDID, FDA decided to take the system offline until a patch is implemented. Due to the temporary unavailability of the GUDID system, the FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion to extend the September 24, 2015, GUDID submission compliance date for the implantable, life-supporting and life-sustaining medical devices to October 24, 2015. For extensions granted to class III labelers that expire between August 7 and September 24, 2015, the FDA also intends to exercise enforcement discretion to extend the expiration date of these extensions to October 24, 2015. To view the Guidance, please visit the FDA website
Source: HPN Daily Update – August 20, 2015
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11. FDA Issues Regulatory Warnings to Three Duodenoscope Makers
The Food and Drug Administration has issued “warning letters” to three duodenoscope manufacturers alleging certain regulatory violations. Olympus Corp. of the Americas and Hoya Corp. were cited for failing to report infections associated with their devices to FDA within 30 days and to adequately develop, maintain and implement written Medical Device Reporting procedures. Hoya also was cited for certain alleged violations related to design validation, corrective action and process control. Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc. was cited for alleged violations related to design control, corrective action, inspection of parts, process validation, complaint handling, equipment testing, production processes, and device correction or removal. The letters ask the manufacturers to notify the agency within 15 days of the specific steps they have taken to correct the alleged violations. FDA this month issued guidance on supplemental reprocessing measures that may further reduce the risk of infection associated with the use of duodenoscopes – flexible, lighted tubes that are threaded through the mouth into the small intestine to drain fluids from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts. For more on the issue, including links to the letters, visit www.fda.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – August 18, 2015
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12. Last Chance to Contribute to Care-Transitions Survey
AHA/HRET is collaborating on Project ACHIEVE, which is evaluating the effectiveness of transitional care. An important part of the project is surveying hospitals across the U.S. to catalog efforts at improving hospital discharge transitions. We strongly support the efforts of Project ACHIEVE and believe the findings from it have the potential to help us, patients, caregivers, and providers. 
The deadline to complete this survey has been extended to September 15, 2015.   The responses are used for a research study on the effectiveness of transitional care.
Click here to take the survey, which is housed on a secure server. 
This survey should take about 15 to 20 minutes, and someone at your hospital in case management, quality improvement, or administration would likely be the best person to do this, with help from clinicians (i.e., nurses, pharmacists, physicians). If you have any questions, please contact Marie Cleary-Fishman at mfishman@aha.org.  
For more information about the project, visit Project ACHIEVE
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13. AHRMM Board Member Publishes Book on Healthcare Supply Chain and CQO
Transforming the healthcare supply chain requires a total paradigm shift—changes in thinking as well as practices to move from volume-driven transactions to strategic value creation.
This book outlines various levels of supply chain performance, providing guidance that hospital and health system executives can use to implement supply chain strategies that reduce total expenses, improve patient care, and better align with value-based reimbursement models to improve overall operations.
Healthcare Supply Chain at the Intersection of Cost, Quality, and Outcomes was developed by Nexera staff to help promote the CQO Movement, an initiative launched in 2013 by the AHRMM Board of Directors, which includes Nexera President Christopher O’Connor, to advance the role of supply chain in the new value-driven healthcare delivery system.
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