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Friday is the Last Day to Enter to Win SC Week Merchandise
National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) is October 2-8, and AHRMM wants you to take time to recognize healthcare supply chain staff and colleagues. In celebration of SC Week, AHRMM invites you participate in the SC Week Celebration Contest. 
The most creative photo with an original and inspiring story about your supply chain department, wins SC Week merchandise, a feature in the AHRMM member magazine,Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, and recognition throughout AHRMM communications*! 
Email your photo and submission entry form to AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org by September 9, 2016.
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek to learn more about the SC Week Celebration Contest, and find additional ways to celebrate SC Week.
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CMRP Exam Scholarship Extended to September 12
Invest in your career and get certified! The CMRP Exam application deadline has been extended to September 12, 2016! AHRMM offers scholarships for individuals receiving and renewing the Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential. Up to 50 eligible AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship by September 12, 2016, will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee.
Visit the Scholarship page for more information.
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.
Remembering Alex Vallas: Past AHRMM President, Leadership Award Recipient, and Bellwether Class of 2008 
Bellwether League Inc. reports that Alex Vallas, 84, Bellwether Class of 2008, died Sunday morning, August 7, after a long battle with cancer.
Alex Vallas exemplified leadership through his commitment and contributions to AHRMM, and his dedication to advancing the healthcare supply chain field.
Vallas served on the AHRMM Board and was president of the Board in 1977-1978. In 1979, AHRMM named Vallas the recipient of the George R. Gossett Leadership Award, presented in memory of George R. Gossett, an early president of AHRMM. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Association, and is given to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary level of leadership and professionalism in the field, made significant contributions to AHRMM, and advanced the healthcare supply chain.
In 2008, Vallas was inducted in to the Bellwether League Inc. Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership. To view Vallas’ Bellwether League Inc., profile, click here.
Read the full release from Bellwether League Inc.
Source: Bellwether League Inc. – August 31, 2016
Infection Measure Data Issue Prompts Additional FY 2017 HAC Review
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014.  This error affects hospital performance in the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program, baseline performance in the FY 2018 hospital value-based purchasing program, and measure data reported on Hospital Compare in 2015.

As a result, CMS is conducting a second review and corrections period for the FY 2017 HAC program starting September 1 through September 30 to allow hospitals to review their updated C Difficile performance.

CMS also has updated the baseline period performance standard for the FY 2018 VBP program, and intends to update the archived databases of Hospital Compare to reflect corrected performance data.

For more information, see CMS’s QualityNet website.
Source: AHA News – September 1, 2016
HHS Awards $53 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic
On August 31, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will distribute $53 million in funding to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to be used in the battle against opioid addiction. The funding will pay for improved data collection and analysis around opioid misuse and overdose with a focus on improving access to treatment for opioid use disorders, curbing deaths and bolstering prevention efforts. The funding is part of the HHS Opioid Initiative, which was launched in March 2015, and is focused on improving opioid prescribing practices as well as providing more access to medication-assisted treatment and increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. The effort will be led by SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: AHA News – August 31, 2016
CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on August 29 issued a proposed rule on the notice of benefit and payment parameters standards for health insurance issuers and the Health Insurance Marketplaces. 
The proposed rule sets forth payment parameters and provisions related to the risk-adjustment program; cost-sharing parameters and cost-sharing reductions; and user fees for federally-facilitated exchanges and state-based exchanges on the federal platform. 
Learn more about the CMS proposed rule. 
Source: AHA News – August 29, 2016
AHE EXCHANGE 2016 - September 25-28, Pittsburgh
The environment of care is paramount in infection prevention. This year's AHE EXCHANGE Conference offers strong infection prevention: workshops, learning labs, and general sessions. Support and advocate for those responsible for the environment of care by referring a colleague responsible for the environment of care at your facility.
Will someone from your facility be attending? Refer a Colleague>>
Two New AHRMM Webinars – FREE for Members
CMS Bundled PaymentsSeptember 29
Sponsored by HealthTrust

On July 25, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed ruling which introduced three new episode payment models. Find out how hospitals should be preparing for the proposed ruling go-live date of July 1, 2017 and discuss changes made to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacements model. 

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The Case for Quality for Medical DevicesOctober 5
Free MedSun Webinar Presented by AHRMM and the FDA
Join AHRMM’s senior director, Michael Schiller, and the FDA’s Ann Ferriter on October 5 to discuss plans for products to assist Value Analysis Teams, CFO’s, physicians and others with their decisions when obtaining high quality medical devices for their patients. The current work of teams of experts inside the FDA and in the private sector will also be highlighted during this session.
To register, email to medsun@fda.hhs.gov. You can also access the meeting link and dial-in information here.

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*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 7/25/2016 at 9:00 am Central Standard Time (CT) and ends at 5:00pm CT on 9/9/2016. ARV of all prizes: $100. Subject to full Official Rules at www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek. Sponsor: AHRMM.
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