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New On-Demand Recording – Free for Members
Missed the CMS Bundled Payments webinar last month?  Access the recording on-demand and learn at your own pace, for an overview of the CMS proposed ruling and CJR changes, and also how hospitals should be preparing now for the go-live date of July 1, 2017.   
MDIC Case for Quality Program – New Report Released
AHRMM is one of the representatives on the MDIC Product Quality Outcomes Analytics project team; a multi-disciplinary group comprised of representatives from manufacturers, providers, FDA, and Value Analysis Committees (VACs).
Click here to access the recently released report, which includes the team’s observations and recommendations for the development of a formal approach to measure medical device product quality outcomes in order to provide feedback and reward the market for Quality.
AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Resource and Materials Management (CMRP) credential in September 2016:
  • Jim Archibald, Portsmouth, NH
  • Lori Bufano, Wilton, CT
  • Debora Coppola, East Haven, CT
  • Tony DePaola, North Haven, CT
  • John Fisher, Hamden, CT
  • James Fusco, Meriden, CT
  • Katie Hammonds, Apo, NY
  • Lydia King, Brookfield, CT
  • Steve Lindsey, Phoenix, AZ
  • David Marley, Hermon, ME
  • Sarah Pepe, North Haven, CT
  • Scott Pittsley, Farmington, CT
  • Matthew Putman, Fort Collins, CO
  • Ronald Shalagan, Hamden, CT
  • Samuel Spralls, Frederick, MD
  • Charles Wakefield, Shorewood, IL
  • Donald Woods, Madison, CT
  • Kimberly Wright, Chicago, IL
Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum Assesses ACA Impact to Date, Provider Leadership Succession Challenges
During Bellwether League's 4th annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum, speakers and attendees explored and discussed how the Accountable Care Act (ACA) so far is influencing business and clinical decision-making as well as reshaping future leaders at healthcare provider organizations.  Read the full release and download the presentation.
Source: Source: HPN Daily Update – October 18, 2016
HTG Summit Held in Rochester, MN
The 2016 Sixth Annual Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG) Summit was hosted by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on September 28 & 29, 2016.
In addition to updates on the current state of adoption by the represented healthcare providers, a solution provider and industry partner panel was also conducted with representation from AHRMM, Cerner, Epic, GS1 U.S., INFOR, and Oracle PeopleSoft.
Read the HTG Summit overview and access presentations here.
CMS Finalizes Key Provisions of MACRA for 2019
On October 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule with comment period implementing key provisions of the new physician payment system required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Click here for more information.
Source: H&HN Daily – October 15, 2016
CDC: Potential Risk of Infection from Certain Heater-Cooler Devices
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today warned healthcare providers and patients about the potential risk of infection from certain devices used during open heart surgery. Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices, made by LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH), may have been contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera during manufacturing, CDC said. For more information, including a CDC Health Advisory and a toolkit for notifying clinicians and patients, click here. The webpage also links to a Food and Drug Administration Safety Alert containing updated recommendations for preventing the spread of infection, and a short video for patients.
Source: AHA News Now – October 13, 2016
FDA Alert: Defibrillator Recall Due to Early Battery Failure Risk
St. Jude Medical has recalled 13 models of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators because the batteries may fail earlier than expected, the Food and Drug Administration reported last Tuesday.
Read the full alert from the FDA.
Source: AHA News Now – October 11, 2016
Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
The September/October digital edition of the member-only publication, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Access the latest issue, which focuses on UDI compliance and what that means to supply chain.
Article Highlight: Supply Chain’s Pivotal Role as Healthcare Moves into the Information Age
By AHRMM Board Member, Robert Taylor, CMRP
SCSS Digital Edition
When societies moved from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age, not all industries moved at the same time or rate. The same is true when we as a society have moved from the Industrial Age  to the Information Age, also known as the Digital Age.

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