October 13, 2015
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1. Infection Prevention Webinar Series Part 2 – October 27
Applications of Infection Prevention and Control for Supply Chain and Value Analysis Across the Continuum of Care: A Deeper Dive
In Part 2 of the Infection Prevention series, supply chain and value analysis professionals will take a deeper dive into implementing a standardized approach to product evaluation in order to meet infection prevention and control regulations, accreditation standards, and evidence based guideline requirements.
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $139 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
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2. New Webinar Free for AHRMM Members
Building Trust and Collaboration between Suppliers and Providers
As the supply chain environment becomes increasingly more complex, creating collaborative and strategic relationships with the supplier community is more important than ever.  This 90 minute panel discussion led by industry leaders, will provide insight as to how to improve and expand supplier-provider collaborations within the healthcare supply chain, assess and modify current negotiation and contracting practices and how this partnership can assist in CQO success.
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Cost: FREE (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1.5
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3. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in September 2015:
  • Jillian Beltrano, Hillsdale, NJ
  • David Ferguson, Frederick, MD
  • Heidi Katterhenry, New York, NY
  • Chang Kim, Forest Hill, NY
  • Marc Lillis, Clermont, FL
  • David Oviedo, Secaucus, NJ
  • Elizabeth Prevatte, Georgetown, SC
  • Raymond Rasmussen, Anchorage, AK
  • Miguel Trevino, Mission, TX
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4. Local AHRMM Chapter News Is Now Available
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
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5. Term of the Week
Global Trade Item Number (GTIN): A unique number that comprises up to 14 digits and is used to identify an item (product or service) upon which there is a need to retrieve pre-defined information that may be priced, ordered or invoiced at any point in the supply chain.
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. Overview: Meaningful Use 3 Final Ruling
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued their final rule regarding Meaningful Use Stage 3 that focuses on health IT components necessary to establish an interoperable, nationwide health information infrastructure across the care continuum. Facilitating data access and exchange, the ruling will require electronic health records (EHR) to be able to hold a list of a patient’s implantable devices using the UDIs, to be able to pull attributes about those products from FDA’s Global UDI Database, and for providers to share UDIs and other information about those implants as part of a Common Clinical Data Set.
AHRMM is still reviewing the full ruling, however below are some of the key highlights:
ONC Certification Criteria
  • UDIs for a patient’s implantable devices are included in the Common Clinical Data Set (CCDS) and the corresponding implantable device list certification criterion in the Base EHR definition
  • ONC did not adopt any AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) requirements for UDI, stating that the UDI should be captured using AIDC technology and rarely if ever manually entered
  • Health IT systems will be required to parse the UDI
  • Use or either GMDN (Global Medical Device Nomenclature) or SNOMED (Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms Description) as the implantable device description. Click here for more information about SNOMED. 
CMS  Meaningful Use - Stage 3
  • CMS finalized requirements for the exchange of all CCDS elements, which includes UDI, between providers 
Look for additional information on the ruling in future issues of AHRMM eNews.
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7. CMS Releases Data on 2013 DMEPOS Use, Payment
On October 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released calendar year 2013 data on durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies provided to Medicare beneficiaries through referrals by physicians and other healthcare professionals. The data is based on information from Part B non-institutional DMEPOS claims, and excludes aggregated records derived from 10 or fewer claims. For each referring provider and service, the data includes the total number of services furnished by DMEPOS suppliers, the supplier’s average charge, the average Medicare payment, and the average Medicare allowed amount, which is the sum of Medicare’s payment and any deductible or coinsurance owed by the beneficiary. “CMS is providing this data to support insight and innovations in healthcare delivery,” said Acting CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt.
Source: AHA News Now – October 8, 2015
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8. GS1 Healthcare US Free Live Implementation Workshop: Chicago
Complimentary GS1 Healthcare US Live Workshop
GLN, GTIN/FDA and GUDID/FDA Implementation 
Co-Sponsored by AHRMM, GS1 Healthcare US, HSCA and SMI
This workshop is designed for healthcare providers, medical device material managers, and other healthcare supply chain professionals with front-line responsibility for Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI), Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), and Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) implementations in their organizations.  
Learn the basics of the UDI Rule from issuing agency experts.  Attendees will leave the workshop being able to effectively describe what the UDI Rule means and bring back insightful knowledge of how to proceed using GS1 Standards to fulfill the needs of their company.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
GLN Implementation Session: 8 am-10 am CT
GTIN/FDA UDI Implementation Session: 10:15 am-2:15 pm CT (with 1 hour break for lunch*)
GUDID/FDA Implementation Session: 2:30 pm-5 pm CT
*Should you wish to join us for lunch, please mark that choice below
10 S Riverside Plaza, Tower 1
Suite 840, 8th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60606
Source: GS1 Healthcare US – October 7, 2015
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9. ONC Finalizes Health IT Interoperability 'Roadmap’
On October 7, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a final “roadmap” for achieving a national health IT infrastructure that facilitates the secure exchange and use of electronic health information by 2024. The plan, which ONC called a “living document” that will evolve as technology and policy require, focuses in the next two years on government and private-sector actions to increase the nation’s ability to “send, receive, find and use priority data elements to improve health and healthcare quality.” Subsequent actions focus on expanding interoperability and enabling a learning health system. AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said, “We appreciate the Administration’s recognition of health information exchange as a cornerstone of the health care system of the future, as outlined in the final interoperability roadmap. Progress will take combined efforts from all stakeholders, including vendors and providers. We look forward to working with the Department of Health and Human Services to create a policy environment that supports these efforts and accelerates the transition to the healthcare system of the future.” 
Source: AHA News Now – October 7, 2015
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10. HPOE - New Supplier Diversity Report
A new HPOE Guide “Increasing Supplier Diversity in Health Care” provides action steps and case studies about developing a supplier diversity program. By adopting a supplier diversity program, hospitals and health care systems can support minority-owned businesses and communities while obtaining products and services of competitively high quality and value.
Source: Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence (HPOE) – September 30, 2015
Discover supply chain’s role in supplier diversity! Check out the latest AHRMM on-demand recording Supplier Diversity: A Strategic Value Proposition
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11. CMS Releases Final Rule for EHR Reporting Period in 2015, Stage 3 of Meaningful Use
On October 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a final rule with comment period modifying the reporting period for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs in 2015 to a 90-day period to align with the calendar year. The rule also adds other flexibilities, including reducing the share of patients that must use the patient portal from 5% to at least one patient and modifying the summary of care requirements. “We are pleased that CMS released the long-awaited modifications rule…Hospitals will finally have the clarity they need to take steps to ensure they meet the revised requirements,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack in a statement. In addition, the rule defines Stage 3 “meaningful use” for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, and says all participants will be required to meet Stage 3 beginning in 2018. Pollack called the release of the rule implementing Stage 3 “deeply disappointing.” “Despite the urging of hospitals, physicians and Congress, the Stage 3 final rule includes many new and more challenging requirements,” said Pollack, noting that more than 60% of hospitals and about 90% of physicians have yet to attest to Stage 2. “The Stage 3 rule is too much too soon.” CMS seeks comments on certain provisions of Stage 3, in particular to support the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, which was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology also released a companion rule that finalizes new certification criteria, standards and implementation specifications for EHR technology. 
Source: AHA News Now – October 6, 2015
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12. New Member-Only Benefit: Healthcare Magazine Subscription
AHRMM is pleased to announce a new benefit for members!  In partnership with Health Forum, we are pleased to offer members their choice in complimentary subscriptions to Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine (H&HN), Health Facilities Management Magazine (HFM), or Trustee Magazine.  Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association and offers a wide variety of media that reaches top healthcare decision makers dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare in our communities.  Use the link below to browse the magazine options and determine which publication best suites your needs and interests.  
Once on the webpage, click the “Subscribe” link to the right to begin your subscription.
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