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Access the Latest Free Educational Resource from AHRMM - Webcasts!
AHRMM webcasts are a free and quick resource for individuals interested in hearing more on relevant healthcare supply chain topics. Three webcasts are now available and AHRMM will continue to launch additional webcasts throughout 2016. Check out the recently released webcast, Supply Chain Executive of the Future, presented by AHRMM's Senior Director of Supply Chain, Mike Schiller, and SMI's Dennis Orthman.
 
Visit http://learning.ahrmm.org/webcasts to access all AHRMM webcasts.

It’s Time to Start Planning Supply Chain Week Celebrations
National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) will be celebrated October 2-8, 2016. Sponsored by AHRMM, SC Week provides an opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care throughout the healthcare field. 
 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for a list of activities and ways to celebrate with your staff during SC Week. Be sure to check out the SC Week Promotional Toolkit with pre-written tweets and marketing copy to help you include SC Week in your communication efforts.
 
Don’t forget to order SC Week merchandise! Begin planning your celebration activities now by ordering well-deserved gifts for your staff, colleagues, and friends.
Order now to ensure delivery by SC Week!
 
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Report Warns of Potential Shortage of Medical Isotope
Global supplies of an isotope used in medical diagnostic imaging will fall substantially when a Canadian reactor stops producing it at the end of October, according to a report released yesterday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Nearly all of the world’s supply of molybdenum-99 is produced by seven research reactors in Australia, Canada, Europe and South Africa. The isotope is distributed through an international supply chain at least weekly because it cannot be stockpiled. “Although there are plans from both existing international suppliers and potential domestic suppliers to fill the expected supply gap from Canada, the committee is concerned that any delays in bringing additional supplies of molybdenum-99 to the market would increase the risks of substantial shortages,” said S. James Adelstein, chair of the committee that produced the report and a professor of medical biophysics at Harvard Medical School.
 
Read the full announcement from the National Academies.
Source: AHA News Now – September 12, 2016
CMS Releases Final Rule for Emergency Preparedness Requirements
On September 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid.  CMS reports that the new requirements are in response to natural disasters that have occurred over the past few years, and the responsibility hospitals have to keep patients safe during such events.
 
This final rule requires Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers to meet the following four common and well known industry best practice standards:  emergency plan, policies and procedures, communication plan, and training and testing program.
 
Read the release from CMS.
Source: HPN Daily Update – September 12, 2016
FDA Extends UDI Compliance Date for Certain Class II Devices
The FDA has informed labelers that they have extended the compliance date for UDI label and GUDID submission requirements to September 24, 2018, for certain class II devices. In addition, the agency clarified the compliance date for device constituents of certain combination products is September 24, 2018.
 
Source: HPN Daily Update – September 8, 2016
Tossing Unused Surgical Supplies Wastes Millions of Dollars
A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has put a price tag on that waste: almost $1,000 per procedure examined at the academic medical center.  The research, published in May in the Journal of Neurosurgery, examined 58 neurosurgeries performed by 14 different surgeons at UCSF Medical Center, a leading academic hospital.
 
Among the most unused and discarded supplies were sponges, blue towels and gloves. The researchers projected that wasted supplies could cost $2.9 million a year in UCSF's neurosurgery department alone.
 
Visit California Healthline for the report. 
Source: HPN Daily Update – September 7, 2016
FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
September/October SCS&S Digital Edition is Now Available
The September/October digital edition of the member-only publication, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available!
 
Access the latest issue, which focuses on UDI compliance and what that means to supply chain.
 
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