September 22, 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. Complimentary Webinar: 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: Complimentary (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
This webinar is sponsored by:
A sponsor of the CQO Movement
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3. Register Now for the HIMSS Webinar: Cloudy with a Chance of Rain: The Future of Healthcare Analytics
This thought provoking session will address forces that are changing the healthcare landscape, including analytics and big data, and discuss their implications for supply chain performance (e.g. CQO) over the next five years. It will peak your interest and challenge your view of the role of the supply chain function.
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Complimentary
CPE: 1
This webinar presented in collaboration with
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4. AHRMM16: Submit Your Abstract Online by 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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5. NEW! Infection Prevention 2-Part Webinar Series
This 2-part webinar series will focus on several areas of infection prevention including value analysis of regulatory aspects and applications to meet regulations and requirements.
Review the critical evidence-based standards specific for infection prevention and control that fall within the three common sources of infection transmission. An overview of a standardized approach to evaluation of infection prevention and control products, drugs, and medical devices for the value analysis professional.

Part 2 on October 27: Applications of Infection Prevention and Control for Supply Chain and Value Analysis Across the Continuum of Care: A Deeper Dive
Learn how to lead organization and meet infection prevention and control regulations and requirements, while reducing the number of HAIs within the system.
You can purchase each webinar individually ($99 AHRMM Members, $139 Non Members) or as a bundle ($179 AHRMM Members, $219 Non Members).
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6. Make Your AHRMM Membership Work for You
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 explore your AHRMM membership and register today!
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7. Term of the Week
eMAR: Electronic Medical Administration Record is intended to aid physicians, pharmacists and nurses, through the administration and documentation of medication and treatment for each patient to improve patient safety and ensure accurate and complete recording of patient data.
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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8. Hospitals Commit to Population Health
More than 90 percent of hospitals are committed to population health, according to a recent survey conducted by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust and the Association for Community Health Improvement. The survey asked hospitals to self-assess their commitment to population health—from “no commitment” to “total commitment.” Survey findings show that though large hospitals (300+ beds) were only slightly more committed to population health than small hospitals (less than 100 beds), urban hospitals were more likely to be committed to population health. Nearly 75 percent of hospitals “totally” committed to population health have developed initiatives to address the socioeconomic determinants of health, per the survey. To improve population health, hospitals reported partnering with federally qualified health centers and community clinics; other hospitals; public health departments; health insurance companies; and healthy community coalitions. The survey elicited responses from more than 1,400 hospitals and addressed how population health initiatives are structured, partnerships with community organizations, and the process of assessing community health needs.

To read complete results of the survey, visit HPOE.org.
Source: AHA News Now - September 21, 2015
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9. ONC Updates Five-Year Federal Plan for Health IT
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology updated the federal government’s five-year plan for using health IT to improve healthcare quality and health, lower costs and engage patients. “The work described in this Plan aims to modernize the U.S. health IT infrastructure so that individuals, their providers, and communities can use it to help achieve health and wellness goals,” the report states. The report’s four goals are supported by 13 objectives and numerous strategies, such as finalizing and implementing ONC’s Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and encouraging the adoption and use of common standards through health IT certification, federal regulations and programs, and funding mechanisms.
Source: AHA News Now – September 21, 2015
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10. ASHE, Joint Commission Launch New Compliance Resource for Facility Managers
The AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering, in collaboration with The Joint Commission, has released the first in a new series of resources to help health care facilities comply with the most challenging life safety and environment-of-care accreditation standards. Additional resources will be released regularly through 2016. For more on the Focus on Compliance initiative and to access the first resource, on managing risk associated with utility systems, visit www.ashe.org/compliance.
Source: AHA News Now – September 21, 2015
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11. FDA Class I Recall: Freedom Driver System by SynCardia
A recall has been issued for SynCardia Systems' Freedom Driver System. A specific part of the Freedom Driver drive mechanism may fail and cause the device to stop pumping. Patients do not receive any advanced warning that the device may fail. If it does fail, a red light located in the center of the driver, towards the top, will stay red and a loud continuous alarm will sound.

However, if the Freedom Driver stops pumping, the patient will lose consciousness almost immediately, which means that the warning light and alarm may not be helpful. The patient will likely experience serious injury or death if not immediately switched to a backup driver by a caregiver.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest Bulletin - September 18, 2015
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12. Medical Device Safety and Recalls: Infections Associated with Reprocessed Flexible Bronchoscopes
The FDA issued the Safety Communication, " Infections Associated with Reprocessed Flexible Bronchoscopes” to share recommendations to mitigate the risk of infection transmission associated with bronchoscope use. In this communication, the FDA is alerting the healthcare community to recent reports of infections associated with reprocessed bronchoscopes and provides recommendations to healthcare facilities and staff, notably that they strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s reprocessing instructions in the labeling.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Daily Digest Bulletin - September 17, 2015
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13. Sponsored White Paper on How INTEGRIS Health Reduced Supply Costs
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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14. AHRMM Mentor Program
Your Peers Are Signing Up. Why Shouldn’t You?!

AHRMM members understand the power of mentoring so effective mentor/mentee relationships are being formed every day through the new AHRMM Mentor Program. Why wait? There are more than 50 mentors to choose from who are well-prepared to help you with career planning, discuss a particularly challenging work issue, develop real solutions, and uncover missing tools and resources.
Mentor relationships are established for six months at a time. The specific goals and amount of time needed to participate in the program can vary by individual. The program is flexible enough for you to customize the experience to exactly what you would like. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders of the healthcare supply chain field. Oh! And did we mention that the program is FREE and only available to AHRMM Members?
Give it a try today at www.ahrmm.org/mentor.
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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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