September 1, 2015
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1. CMRP Exam Scholarship Applications Due this Friday
AHRMM is offering scholarships for receiving or renewing the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship by this Friday, September 4, 2015 will receive a scholarship for the full CMRP exam fee or renewal 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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2. 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.  In addition, it will describe how to instill a culture of change within your own team and empower your staff to begin looking for and implementing small changes which will ultimately bring value back to the stakeholders that we serve. 
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
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3. It’s Time to Start Planning Supply Chain Week Celebrations
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 a 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!  
SC Week Promotional Tool Kit: Get the word out!  AHRMM has compiled different promotional tools you can use to help circulate SC Week to your colleagues and social media outlets.  
SC Week Celebration Ideas: Looking for ideas on how you can honor supply chain professionals? Check out the list of activities and ways to celebrate with your staff during National Healthcare Supply Chain Week.  
In celebration of 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. 
*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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4. Value Analysis Best Practices: A Panel Discussion
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; Nancy Masaschi, Senior Director, MedAssets
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5. Local AHRMM Chapter News Is Now Available
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
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6. Term of the Week
Hospitalist:  The term "hospitalist" is utilized to describe physicians who devote much of their professional time and focus to the care of hospitalized patients. A physician specialized in inpatient medicine who acts as a patient's primary doctor, generally employed by the hospital, during the patient’s stay. Their primary role is the co-ordination of all care to include tests and treatment in a timely manner than possible for private physicians under the premise of better care at a reduced cost. 
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. Transparency and High-Value Healthcare
Increased transparency - with a corresponding focus on quality - can be incredibly powerful in driving true value in healthcare. Health plans have embraced this opportunity and implemented a range of transparency initiatives that aim to enhance efficiency, clinical effectiveness, and value.
Health plans’ transparency tools and resources continue to evolve, and as they do, they’re helping more consumers make better-informed choices. To learn more about these efforts and why they’re crucial to delivering value to health care consumers, check out AHIP’s latest issue brief
Source: HPN Daily Update – September 1, 2015
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8. CMS: Final ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week Successful
Medicare claims processing systems are ready to accept ICD-10 claims on Oct. 1, based on results from the third ICD-10 end-to-end testing week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on August 27. About 1,200 healthcare providers and billing companies submitted more than 29,000 test claims. “Overall, participants in the July end-to-end testing week were able to successfully submit ICD-10 test claims and have them processed through Medicare billing systems,” the agency said. “The acceptance rate for July was similar to the rates in January and April, but with an increase in the number of testers and test claims submitted. Most of the claim rejections that occurred were due to errors unrelated to ICD-9 or ICD-10.” This was the final end-to-end testing week, but providers are encouraged to participate in acknowledgement testing, which can be completed at any time prior to the implementation date. Healthcare claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures beginning Oct. 1. On August 27, CMS named as its new ICD-10 ombudsman William Rogers, M.D., director of the agency’s Physicians Regulatory Issues Team. Rogers is tasked with addressing concerns from hospitals, physicians and other providers during and after the transition to ICD-10. 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 28, 2015
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9. CDC Updates Ebola PPE Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Facilities
On August 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance regarding personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel caring for suspected and confirmed Ebola patients in U.S. healthcare facilities. The changes clarify the use of fluid-resistant and impermeable gowns and coveralls, and provide specifications to assist facilities in selecting and ordering the recommended garments. The updates also provide additional explanation related to PPE for confirmed Ebola patients. For more information, see the updated PPE Frequently Asked Questions.
Source: AHA News Now – August 27, 2015
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10. Medical Recall
Insulet Corporation Issues Voluntary Recall of OmniPod Insulin Management System
On July 8, 2015, Insulet Corporation (Insulet or the Company) initiated a lot-specific voluntary recall of 40,846 boxes (10 Pods per box) of the OmniPod (Pod) Insulin Management System. This field corrective action is due to the possibility that some of the Pods from these lots may have a higher rate of failure than Insulet's current manufacturing standards.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) – August 28, 2015
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11. The 2015 AHRMM Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Report: Uncovering Applications of the CQO Movement throughout Healthcare
In 2015, AHRMM convened the AHRMM Thought Leader Task Force, an exploratory group tasked with uncovering applications of the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement across the healthcare field.
The Task Force objectives were developed based on recommendations from the first ever Thought Leader Summit on CQO held at the 2014 AHRMM Conference and Exhibition.
The intention of this report is to share best practices, generate discussion around the CQO Movement, and empower healthcare supply chain professionals to improve the quality of patient care while driving greater efficiency and better financial outcomes for their organizations. This report was distributed at the 2015 AHRMM CQO Summit, which was held during the AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition on August 9-12, 2015, in Indianapolis.
Learn more and download the 2015 CQO Report.  The full report is available to AHRMM members only.
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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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