September 29, 2015
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1. Only 10 Days Left to Submit Your AHRMM16 Presentation Abstract
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.
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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2. Back to School Sale Ends Tomorrow – Last Chance to Save
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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3. Congratulations to the SC Week Celebration Contest Winner
National Healthcare Supply Chain Week (SC Week) is 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.
This year in celebration of SC Week, AHRMM invited supply chain professionals to enter the SC Week 2015 Celebration Contest. AHRMM encouraged contestants to submit a creative photo with an original and inspiring story illustrating their department’s outstanding contributions to healthcare supply chain.  Photo and essay submissions were judged based on their incorporation and demonstration of the SC Week 2015 theme.  The essay also needed to include examples of cross-departmental collaboration and implementation of process improvements.  After reviewing all of the wonderful and very creative submissions, a winner was selected.
Congratulations to the 
SC Week Celebration Contest Winner:  
Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, NY! 
Check out how Crystal Run Healthcare delivered excellence in their organization, and view all contest submissions at www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek
Boost your team with a Supply Chain Week celebration!
SC Week kicks off this Sunday! This is your time to celebrate healthcare supply chain professionals for their outstanding contributions to healthcare and the overall success of the supply chain.  
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for a list of activities and ways to celebrate with your staff during SC Week.
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4. AHRMM Comments to FDA on UDI Direct Part Marking Draft Guidance
Last week AHRMM submitted comments to the FDA on the Unique Device Identification: Direct Marking of Devices [Docket No. FDA-2015-D-2245].  AHRMM’s primary comments are in support of language related to Direct Marking of Devices, however, there are suggestions for consideration.
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5. Infection Control Two-Part Series Kicks off October 13
This two-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. Think Outside the Lean Box – November 11
This event will help define and identify healthcare transportation areas that can be modified with lean principles and provide tools and processes that can transform logistics into a more efficient and cost-effective system.
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT; 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
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7. Term of the Week
Balanced Scorecard: A structured measurement system based measures of financial and operational measurements used to evaluate organizational or supply chain performance. The dimensions of the balanced scorecard might include customer perspective, business process perspective, financial perspective, and innovation and learning perspectives. It formally connects overall objectives, strategies, and measurements.
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. CMS: Providers Switching EHR Products Can Apply for Hardship Exception 
Healthcare providers who are unable to demonstrate meaningful use under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs because they switched EHR vendors during the program year may apply for a hardship exception to avoid a payment adjustment, according to new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
CMS also clarified that providers can use a decertified product to attest to meaningful use if the product was decertified after their EHR reporting period closed. If the product was decertified before the reporting period closed, they can apply for a hardship exception, the agency said.
Source: AHA News Now – September 28, 2015
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9. CMS Ready for ICD-10 on October 1, Officials Say
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will continue to pay claims and implement ICD-10 if the Congress fails to act by Oct. 1 on legislation to fund the government into fiscal year 2016, CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway said during a press briefing September 24 on ICD-10 implementation. Healthcare claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures beginning Oct. 1. “We recognize that [ICD-10] is a significant transition and we have set up processes and operations to monitor the transition in real time, assess our system, and investigate and address issues as they come in through the ICD-10 Coordination Center,” he said. “Providers experiencing issues related to the submission of their claims should first contact their billing vendor and/or clearinghouse. After that they can contact their Medicare Administrative Contractor. If the providers need additional assistance they can contact the ICD-10 ombudsman at CMS.” It could take two weeks to 30 days for the agency to have a full picture of how the transition went because it can take that long to process Medicare and Medicaid claims, respectively, Conway said. For more on the transition, see the CMS Blog post by ICD-10 Ombudsman Bill Rogers, M.D., or visit www.aha.org/ICD10. Rogers can be contacted at ICD10_ombudsman@cms.hhs.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – September 24, 2015
Learn more about ICD-10 and what it means to supply chain with the AHRMM eLearning Course: ICD-10 Reform - Strategic Enabler
AHRMM Member: $19        AHRMM Non-Member: $49        CPE: 1
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10. Sponsored White Paper: One INTEGRIS. One Supply Chain.
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) 
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11. Take Advantage of Member Pricing on AHRMM15 Conference Proceedings
If you missed AHRMM15 or are interested in recapping the entire learning experience, AHRMM offers an online version of all AHRMM15 Learning Lab sessions with audio synched with the PowerPoint presentations. AHRMM Members can purchase the proceedings for $230 and non-members for $300 at the AHRMM Store.
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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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