October 20, 2015
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1. CMRP Exam Scholarship is Now Open
AHRMM offers scholarships for receiving and renewing the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential. AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship between October 20, 2015 and December 31, 2015 will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee. This is a limited-time, exclusive offer only available to active AHRMM members who meet the CMRP eligibility requirements. 
For more information about the application, schedule, and guidelines, visit the CMRP Scholarship page.
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2. One Week Left to Register: Infection Prevention Webinar Series Part 2
Applications of Infection Prevention and Control for Supply Chain and Value Analysis Across the Continuum of Care: A Deeper Dive
Next up in the Infection Prevention webinar 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.  If you missed Part 1 don’t worry, you can still register for Part 2!
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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3. Participate in the 2015 Compensation Survey by October 30
Designed specifically for professionals in the healthcare supply chain, this annual survey contains questions regarding position title, job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, and demographics.  Its purpose is to develop an instrument by which to measure, identify, and compare current trends in compensation and demographics in the healthcare supply chain field. 
Once the survey closes, a comprehensive report of the results will be compiled.  AHRMM will distribute the final report to all AHRMM members free of charge and non-members can purchase the report in early 2016.  
If you did not receive a survey participation email last Thursday, October 15, please contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840.
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4. Last Chance to Register for Tomorrow’s Webinar – FREE for Members
Driving Efficiency through Total Cost of Ownership and Best Practices
This session will focus on multiple supply chain activities that were analyzed as potential cost drivers in the process improvement exercise, and discuss the specific steps that can be taken to develop and implement a process improvement plan. Register today!
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost:  FREE (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: Mike Hughes, Vice President, Healthcare Business Solutions, Cook Medical and Tim Nedley, Vice President, Materials Management, UPMC
This webinar is sponsored by
A sponsor of the CQO Movement
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5. Term of the Week
JIT An inventory control system or an inventory reduction strategy that pulls product to its point of use and delivers products as they are needed or " just in time". Hospitals may call their systems JIT, but they seldom conform to the true definition applied in industry because of the nature of patient care and treatment and the inherent risk in not having a product needed for patient care.
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. Bellwether Inducts Eight New Hall Of Famers for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership
Bellwether League Inc., the hall of fame for healthcare supply chain leadership, selected eight Honorees of the Bellwether Class of 2015, five of which hail from the provider segment, two from the supplier segment and one from consulting with a hospital background.
The 8th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner Event, held Monday, October 19, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, officially inducted the eight innovators, pioneers and visionaries of the Bellwether Class of 2015 and recognized the inaugural 2015 Future Famers. The 72 members of the Bellwether Classes of 2008-2014 were also saluted.
Bellwether League Inc.'s 11-member Board of Directors elected the following professionals for the 2015 Bellwether Class: G. Edward Becker, Autry O.V. "Pete" DeBusk, Dee Donatelli, R.N., Nancy LeMaster, Michael McCurry, James C. Olsen, Jane R. Pleasants and Michael A. Switzer.
Visit www.bellwetherleague.org for more information. 
Source: HPN Daily Update – October 20, 2015
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7. CMS Extends Physician/EP Payment Model Information Request Period
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will accept comments through Nov. 17 to inform implementation of changes to Medicare payment for physicians and eligible professionals under Section 101 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the agency announced on October 15. The original comment deadline was Nov. 2. Section 101 of MACRA replaced the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate methodology for updates to the physician fee schedule with a physician payment system that will implement new physician quality and value-based payment programs in 2019. Eligible professionals will participate in one of two tracks -- a Merit-based Incentive Payment System or alternative payment models. “Since we requested the public to comment on various aspects of MIPS and APMs, we believe that it is important to allow ample time for the public to prepare comments,” CMS said. The notice also clarifies CMS’s priorities with respect to the information request.
Source: AHA News Now – October 16, 2015
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8. FDA Issues Safety Recommendations for Heater-Cooler Devices
Healthcare providers who use heater-cooler devices during cardiothoracic surgery or other procedures should consider taking additional precautions to reduce the risk of infection, the Food and Drug Administration advised on October 15, citing 32 reports of device contamination or patient infection associated with the devices since 2010. All but eight of the reports involved healthcare facilities in other countries. Among other actions, the agency recommends that facilities strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s current cleaning and disinfection instructions; not use tap water to rinse or fill the device’s water tank; direct the device’s vent exhaust away from the surgical field; and report suspected infections to the FDA’s MedWatch program.
Source: AHA News Now – October 16, 2015
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9. CMS Issues Guide to Medicare/Medicaid ICD-10 Contacts
A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guide provides specific Medicare and Medicaid contacts for healthcare providers with questions following the Oct. 1 transition to ICD-10. Claims-related questions should be directed to the provider’s Medicare Administrative Contractor or state Medicaid agency before the CMS ombudsman, who will typically respond within three business days, the guide notes. Effective Oct. 1, health care claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. For more on the transition to ICD-10, visit www.aha.org and www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – October 14, 2015
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10. SMI Releases New UDI Summary Report
On October 8, Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) released a summary report focused on introducing UDI labeling strategies for non-sterile implantable products in the surgical setting.  This report is the result of work organized by SMI, a leading healthcare supply chain organization, and a team of manufacturers, providers, and expert collaborators. This industry resource is available at no-charge on the SMI website:   www.smisupplychain.com
Source:  Strategic Marketplace Initiative, October 8, 2015
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11. Sponsored White Paper: C-speak: Insights from VHA to Talk the Talk
The level of change taking place within the healthcare industry creates no shortage of perspectives on how it should be managed. However, there is one topic where there is clear agreement: “clean data” is a requirement for success.
From that point of agreement, the debate resumes on the definition of “data”, who is accountable for making sure it is clean and what business investments are necessary to maintain clean data.
As it relates to an item file’s product and spend information and what supply chain leaders need in order to create and maintain clean data, they often speak in terms their C-suite members may not understand. If you’ve ever found yourself talking about duplicate, unattributed or inactive products in your item file to the CFO, you may be guilty yourself.
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12. 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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