September 8, 2015
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1. Election Results Announced for 2016 Board of Directors
AHRMM is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 election. All newly elected board members will serve three-year terms, which starts on January 1, 2016. AHRMM would like to thank every member who voted and all of the candidates who participated in the election for their leadership and dedication to AHRMM. This year the leadership challenged members to participate in the election, and the challenge was met and exceeded. More than 1,000 participated in this year's election!  
Thank you for your participation, and congratulations to the newly elected officials: 
Chair – Elect:
Karen Conway, CMRP 
Executive Director, Industry Relations, GHX, Louisville, CO
Provider Seat Board Members:
Darcy Aafedt, CMRP, FAHRMM
Supply Chain Decision Support Sr. Manager, Banner Health, Chandler, AZ 
Jimmy Chung, M.D. 
Director, Medical Products Analysis, Providence Health & Services, Seattle, WA 
Teresa L. Dail, R.N., B.S.N. 
Chief Supply Chain Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 
For more information about elections, please visit AHRMM's website.
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2. AHRMM16 Call for Presentations is Now Open
AHRMM is looking for dynamic, engaging speakers offering expert advice and information on the latest healthcare supply chain trends and practices to present at the AHRMM16 Conference & Exhibition, July 31-August 3, 2016, in San Diego, California. 
Abstract proposal deadline is Friday, October 9, 2015.
Preference is given to proposals that include Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) aspects and solution-based presentations on topics pertinent to one of the following seven educational tracks
  • Clinical Resource Management/Value Analysis
  • Logistics
  • Procure to Pay
  • Professional Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Technology/Informatics
Visit the AHRMM16 Call for Presentations page for detailed information on submitting content, topic ideas, the selection process, and logistics for content leaders.
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3. Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar: Applying Lean Concepts to Healthcare
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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4. Place your SC Week Merchandise Order by this Monday 
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.
Boost your team with a SC Week celebration! Begin planning your celebration activities now by ordering well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends. Check out the 2015 SC Week products – don’t delay – orders must be in by September 14, 2015 to ensure delivery by SC Week!
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5. Mark Your Calendars - New AHRMM Webinars this October
AHRMM has three new webinars happening this October.  Check out the AHRMM Event Calendar for all upcoming webinars and events.
This live webinar details the process used by Vidant Health, an eight-hospital system with a 900-bed academic medical center, to engage physicians in standardization resulting in substantial savings. Register today!
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: William Brian Floyd, MBA, RN, President, Vidant Medical Center and Heather Bogan, Vice President, VHA Inc.
This webinar is sponsored by:
A sponsor of the CQO Movement
Learn how supply chain can incorporate evidence-based practices of Infection Prevention into the Value Analysis Process. Register today!
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speaker: Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, CSRN, PLNC, DON-CLTC, C-NAC, VA-BC, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, PDI, Inc.
Driving Efficiency through Total Cost of Ownership and Best Practices
This session will focus on multiple supply chain activities that were analyzed as potential cost drivers in the process improvement exercise, and discuss the specific steps that can be taken to develop and implement a process improvement plan. Register today!
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: Mike Hughes, Vice President, Healthcare Business Solutions, Cook Medical and Tim Nedley, Vice President, Materials Management, UPMC
This webinar is sponsored by:

A sponsor of the CQO Movement
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6. Term of the Week 
Activity Based Budgeting (ABB): An approach to budgeting where a company uses an understanding of its activities and driver relationships to quantitatively estimate workload and resource requirements as part of an ongoing business plan. Budgets show the types, number of and cost of resources that activities are expected to consume based on forecasted workloads.  The budget is part of an organization's activity-based planning process and can be used in evaluating its success in setting and pursuing strategic goals.
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. New Modules Available on the Physical Environment Portal
The Joint Commission has identified 25 Life Safety and Environment of Care elements of performance, from eight standards, that have been frequently cited during survey activity over the past four years. 
The Physical Environment Portal, in partnership with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), is available on the Joint Commission website and will provide information to reduce findings of non-compliance.
The following content is now available on The Physical Environment portal:
Source: The Joint Commission – September 3, 2015
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8. Millennials May be the Lever that Forces Change in Healthcare
As millennials start to become consumers of health care in a significant way, their online habits and social ways could be a catalyst for transforming healthcare. While the aging boomer challenge might seem more immediate, a new survey reinforces the possibility that the millennial generation threatens to force an even more fundamental — and rapid — change in the way health care is provided.
Source: H&HN Daily – September 2, 2015
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9. AHRMM Fellow – Reach the Highest Level of Education and Achievement Designation
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.
Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP) and current AHRMM members, FAHRMM status is designated to those who have excelled in specific areas of the supply chain and have submitted an approved, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
First-Time Fellows: Any CMRP member may apply for the FAHRMM designation two years from the date in which certification was received. First-time fellows must have a total of 18 certification points and must submit a topic summary and outline in advance of submitting a paper. Once approved, applicants must submit a written paper for acceptance by the AHRMM Fellow Review Committee.
Fellows Recertification: Current Fellows must renew their Fellow status every five years but no sooner than three years to keep it active. A total of 12 recertification points must be earned for each renewal process. 
Fellow Review Committee members are available to serve as mentors for individuals interested in applying for the Fellow designation. Visit www.ahrmm.org/Fellow  for FAHRMM designation requirements and additional information on the program.
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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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