September 15, 2015
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1. AHRMM Back to School Sale – Save on Select eLearning through September 30
Don’t miss out on the AHRMM Back to School Sale!  Take advantage of these select AHRMM eLearning sessions offered at a discount through September 30.
Discount Code: FALL15DISCESS 
Member Price: $765.00 ; Now $565.00
Non-Member Price: $950.00 ; Now $750.00 
CPEs: 20
For a limited time you can order AHRMM's top selling Essentials of Healthcare Supply Chain Certificate Series at reduced rate while earning 20 CPE contact hours. Don't miss out on practical tools and knowledge in the areas of purchasing, inventory control, negotiations, and logistics. 
Discount Code: FALL15DISCWWH 
Member Price: $189.00 ; Now $149.00 
Non-Member Price:   $236.00 ; Now $199.00 
CPEs: 3
Sharpen your skills and add fresh tools to your work portfolio with the self-pace three-part on-demand recording on WHY strategic planning is important, WHAT a supply chain strategic plan should include, and HOW to implement a new supply chain strategic plan at your organization.
Discount Code: FALL15DISCTTL 
Member Price: $139.00 ; Now $99.00 
Non-Member Price: $199.00 ; Now $159.00 
CPEs: 1.5
In addition to strategic thinking, strong and effective healthcare leaders share certain qualities that result in excellent performance. Take the Top Ten Leadership Traits to Lead the Way on-demand webinar to learn what it takes to be a great frontrunner in your healthcare organization.
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2. Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Panel Discussion: Value Analysis Best Practices
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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3. AHRMM16 Call for Presentations Open through October 9
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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4. Organizing and Executing Supply Chain Costs through Clinical Variation and Reduction
This session 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. This live webinar will include process, from beginning to end, pitfalls, discovery and outcomes.
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
This webinar is sponsored by:
A sponsor of the CQO Movement
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5. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in August 2015:
  • Carlos Adame, Mesquite, TX
  • William Barrette, Mandeville, LA
  • Melody Bianchi, Rochester, NY
  • James Bowman, Bristol, PA
  • Boyd Bradley, Mobile, AL
  • Todd Eich, Addison, TX
  • Timothy Glennon, Staten Island, NY
  • Brittany Goganzer, Manahawkin, NJ
  • Diane Greenlee, Opelika , AL
  • Mark Gressley, Zanesville, OH
  • Niki Hamilton, Ogden, UT
  • Donna Hayden, Troy, OH
  • Brian Jaffe, Malverne, NY
  • Mark Jankord, Longbranch, WA
  • Patricia Klein, Pinson, AL
  • Allen Klingsporn, Duluth, MN
  • Michelle Kuhn, New Haven, IN
  • Michelle LaFave, Green Bay, WI
  • Roger Larkin, Columbia, TN
  • Joel Lincoln, Rochester, NY
  • Chris Miller, New Haven, CT
  • Clayton Trover, Augusta, GA
  • Deborah Pavnica, Wadsworth, IL
  • Stanley Parker, Saint Louis, MO
  • Judy Riedel, Pittsville, WI
  • Christine Schwartz, Madison,WI
  • Joe Tibbs, Midvale, UT
  • Regine Villain, Charleston, SC
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6. Term of the Week
American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI): Released for the first time in October 1994, an economic indicator and cross industry measure of the satisfaction of U.S. household customers with the quality of the goods and services available to them-both those goods and services produced within the United States and those provided as imports from foreign firms that have substantial market shares or dollar sales. The ACSI is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Business School, ASQ and the CFI Group.
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. Strategic Marketplace Initiative Releases Resource to Improve Supplier-Provider Collaborations
Yesterday the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) released a new industry resource called the SMI Collaboration Package which is designed to help improve and expand supplier-provider collaborations within the healthcare supply chain.
This multi tool resource contains four separate components: (1) Best Practices Manual; (2) Educational Slide Deck; (3) Collaboration Case Studies; (4) Research Briefs, and are all available at no-charge on the SMI website. These tools are designed to identify critical success factors and key best practices needed for successful buyer-seller collaborations.
This new SMI Collaboration Package is available for download, at no cost on the SMI website at: www.smisupplychain.com. This resource, along with 29 other downloadable tools and solutions are available on the SMI website, and are designed to help industry professionals address real supply chain issues and challenges. Visit SMI for more information
Source: HPN Daily Update – September 15, 2015
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8. CDC, FDA Issue Device Reprocessing Recommendations for Healthcare Facilities
On September 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration urged healthcare facilities that utilize reusable medical devices to immediately review their reprocessing practices to ensure they comply with all steps directed by the device manufacturers and have appropriate policies and procedures in place consistent with current standards and guidelines. The advisory includes recommendations for training, audit and feedback, and infection control policies and procedures. The agencies said the assessment should be done by a health are professional with expertise in device reprocessing, and ensure the reprocessing is done correctly and allows enough time for reprocessing personnel to follow all steps recommended by the device manufacturer.
Source: AHA News Now – September 11, 2015
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9. CMS Updates ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Results
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its ICD-10 end-to-end testing results to include participation rates by healthcare provider type. The volunteer participants represented a broad cross-section of provider, claim and submitter types. Nearly one-third of overall participants were hospitals. Healthcare claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures beginning Oct. 1. Providers can continue to participate in acknowledgement testing any time prior to the implementation date. 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 – September 11, 2015
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10. HHS: Final EHR Rule for 2015 Includes 90-day Calendar Year Reporting Period
As the Sept. 30 deadline for reporting meaningful use of electronic health records for fiscal year 2015 approaches, the Department of Health and Human Services has sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review a final rule changing the 2015 reporting period to a 90-day period aligned with the calendar year, according to a description posted at OMB. If finalized as proposed, the rule would give hospitals and other participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR programs until Dec. 31 to meet meaningful use requirements for 2015. According to the posted description, the rule also aligns the reporting period in 2016 with the calendar year; modifies the patient action measures in the Stage 2 objectives related to patient engagement; and streamlines the program by removing reporting requirements on measures “which have become redundant, duplicative or topped out.” Eight national hospital organizations, including the AHA, last month urged HHS to finalize the 90-day reporting period and certain other proposed flexibilities. HHS also has sent its final rules for Stage 3 meaningful use and 2015 Edition EHR certification criteria to OMB for review, highlighting some of their final provisions as well.
Source: AHA News Now – September 9, 2015
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11. Sponsored White Paper: One INTEGRIS. One Supply Chain
Free White Paper – Sponsored by VHA
Transformation sustains savings and results in system-wide supply chain operations. 
In order to stay ahead of the healthcare reform curve, in 2011, INTEGRIS Health engaged with VHA on a NonSalary Cost Reduction project that included a Clinical Quality Value Analysis™ program, to reduce supply costs. 
While the project resulted in $15 million in savings, INTEGRIS Health leaders realized that in order for these savings to be sustainable, they needed to address deeper structural and technological barriers within supply chain operations. 
After years of growth, expansion and acquisition, INTEGRIS Health was operating with at least three distinct supply chains across their eight entities. Each supply chain had a unique structure and there was no central point of responsibility or authority across the system. The disparate supply chain structures and the underuse of technology and automation meant that supply chain operations were not performing in a manner that supported organizational goals. 
(Free registration required) 
White paper provided by:
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12. New to AHRMM or Interested in How to Make the Most of Your Membership?
New and existing AHRMM members interested in learning about the Association and their member benefits are invited to attend the FREE New Member Orientation!
Hosted by members of the AHRMM Membership Committee and membership staff, this webinar will provide you with the unique opportunity to ask questions and learn how membership has impacted the lives and careers of current AHRMM members.
It’s important to make the most of the investment you’ve made by becoming an AHRMM member. Let us demonstrate and guide you through all that your membership has to offer, including website resources, networking resources, top notch education, and what AHRMM is doing for the field.
Date: Friday, September 25
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central (2:00 pm Eastern, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11:00 am Pacific)
Cost: FREE!  
Take advantage of this personalized opportunity to investigate your AHRMM membership and register today!
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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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