October 6, 2015
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1. Happy National Healthcare Supply Chain Week!
This week, we celebrate healthcare supply chain professionals around the country for their significant contributions to the healthcare field and the unyielding commitment to ensuring the physical health of patients and the financial health of their organizations. 
Let’s celebrate all supply chain professionals for their hard work and 
strategic value, which help ensure that healthcare delivery organizations thrive and succeed in today's healthcare landscape.
Join AHRMM in promoting SC Week! 
Visit www.ahrmm.org/SCWeek for more information and ways to celebrate. 
Don’t forget to tweet images of your department celebrating SC Week to@AHRMMtweets with the hashtag #SCWeek
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2. Time is Running Out!  Submit Your AHRMM16 Presentation Abstract by this Friday
Share your experiences and expertise with your colleagues!  The AHRMM16 Call for Presentations closes this Friday!  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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3. Infection Prevention Two-Part Series Starts Next Tuesday – Purchase Bundle to Save
This upcoming webinar series will focus on several areas of infection prevention including value analysis of regulatory aspects and applications to meet regulations and requirements.
You can purchase each webinar individually or as a bundle with additional savings: 
Individual Sessions:
$99 (AHRMM Members)
$139 (Non Members)
Part 1 & 2 Bundle:
$149 (AHRMM Members)
$229 (Non Members)
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.
Learn how to lead organization and meet infection prevention and control regulations and requirements, while reducing the number of HAIs within the system.
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4. Complimentary Webinar Tomorrow - 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: FREE!
CPE: 1
This webinar presented in collaboration with
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5. Term of the Week
Locator System: are inventory-tracking systems that allow you to assign specific physical locations to your inventory to facilitate greater tracking and the ability to store product randomly. Location functionality in software can range from a simple text field attached to an item that notes a single location, to systems that allow multiple locations per item and track inventory quantities by location. 
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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6. CDC, FDA Update Device Reprocessing Recommendations for Healthcare Facilities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration Friday updated a recent advisory urging healthcare facilities to review their procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical devices. The update rescinds one of the earlier recommendations, and clarifies that health care facilities which hire contractors to perform device reprocessing should verify that the contractor has an appropriate training program. In addition, the FDA yesterday ordered three duodenoscope manufacturers to conduct post-market surveillance studies to better understand how the devices are reprocessed in real-world settings. “These studies will provide critical information about the effectiveness of current reprocessing instructions and practices that may provide additional information to inform the FDA’s actions to protect the public health and help reduce the risk of infections,” said William Maisel, M.D., deputy director for science at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The manufacturers – Olympus America Inc., Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc., and Hoya Corp. (Pentax Life Care Division) – will have 30 days to submit post-market surveillance plans to the FDA.
Source: AHA News Now – October 5, 2015
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7. GAO Issues Interim Report on Hospital VBP Program Impact on Payments, Quality
Hospitals’ performance on most quality measures was improving before the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program began in October 2012 and did not noticeably change during the first two years of the VBP Program, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. “While the HVBP program aims to provide an incentive to improve hospitals’ quality of care, preliminary analysis of information from 2013 and 2014…shows that it did not noticeably alter the existing trends in hospitals’ performance on any of the quality measures used to determine HVBP payment adjustments that we examined,” GAO said. Most of the roughly 3,000 inpatient prospective payment system hospitals eligible for the VBP program received a bonus or penalty of less than 0.5% of applicable Medicare payments in each of the first three years of the program, GAO said. Safety net hospitals consistently had lower median payment adjustments – that is, smaller bonuses or larger penalties – than hospitals overall in the first three years of the program, GAO said, although the gap narrowed over time. Small urban hospitals had higher median payment adjustments each year than hospitals overall, and small rural hospitals’ median payment adjustments were similar to hospitals overall in the first two years and higher in the most recent year. The agency was required to issue the interim report to Congress by Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, and must issue a final report by July 1, 2017.
Source: AHA News Now – October 2, 2015
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8. Huddle for Care Launch Webinar – October 15
Healthcare workers across the country are looking for ways to improve care transitions for patients and reduce avoidable readmissions. Huddle for Care, a new resource by HRET, aims to be the premiere resource for identifying real-life solutions tested by frontline workers.  
What: During the official launch webinar, we will demo the site and illustrate the power of peer-to-peer exchange of innovation. 
Who: All individuals who work to improve care transitions across the continuum should attend (discharge planners, case managers, nurses, pharmacist, physicians, social workers, etc.). 
When: Thursday, October 15, 2015, 11:00-11:45 a.m. CT 
Click here to register today for this free webinar.
Check us out at www.huddleforcare.org and join by creating a profile to gain full access to the site's offerings. Questions? Contact us at huddleforcare@aha.org
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9. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Health IT Week
National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology.
During October 5-9, join AHRMM in celebrating collaborative efforts between supply chain and Health IT improving the quality of healthcare delivery.
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10. New Report: Implementing Unique Device Identification
On September 24, Pew's medical device initiative releases its new report: "Implementing Unique Device Identification: Recommendations for Integrating Medical Device Data throughout the Health Care System." The report is informed by the December 2014 convening of representatives from hospitals, health plans, device manufacturers, technology vendors, standards bodies, and other health organizations to explore the additional steps needed to support and help facilitate Unique Device Identifier (UDI) adoption across healthcare, including in patients' health records and insurance claims. 
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts – September 24, 2015
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11. Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions September/October Digital Edition
The AHRMM magazine, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is one of the premier benefits and resources of being an AHRMM member. Published six times a year, this publication provides up-to-date information on the latest healthcare supply chain trends, best practices, case studies, and Association activities.  
Check out the latest September/October issue online.  Not receiving your bi-monthly Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions magazine in the mail? Contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840 and confirm your primary mailing address.
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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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