October 27, 2015
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1. Identify Areas of Logistics Redundancy Within Your Organization
Improving quality and efficiency while controlling cost is an imperative across healthcare. Health systems nationwide are adopting lean, a quality improvement philosophy, as an approach to meet this daunting challenge. 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
Speakers: Jake Crampton, CEO, MedSpeed and Quibulah Graham, MSPH, BSN, LHRM, Administrator of Ancillary, Diagnostic and Support Services, Orlando Health
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2. Participate in the 2015 Compensation Survey by this Friday
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 on Thursday, October 15, please contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840.
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3. CMRP Exam Scholarships for AHRMM Members
AHRMM offers scholarships for receiving and renewing the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential. AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP scholarship now through 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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4. New On-Demand Sessions Available
For your learning convenience, the on-demand recordings from two recent webinars are now available.   On-demand access allows you to listen at your own pace and still receive CPE credit as well as the quick reference guide.  
Discover how the operational efficiencies are being reshaped and how the focus of supply chain professionals is changing in response to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 
The Value Analysis Best Practice on-demand session will include real life information for the novice through the expert as we explore the evolution from past to present and future.
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5. Term of the Week
Kanban Japanese word for "visible record", loosely translated means card, billboard or sign. Typically used in the healthcare setting for 2 bin inventory locations where supplies are replenished when one bin is empty and resupply is at the specified quantity. A simplified method of replenishing inventory for low dollar value items, reducing labor costs.
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. CMS Posts Final Hospital VBP Program Adjustment Factors for FY 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday posted the final incentive payment adjustment factors for the fiscal year 2016 Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, which are being used to adjust base operating Medicare Severity Diagnosis-Related Group payments to eligible hospitals for discharges this year. As required by law, base operating MS-DRG payments to eligible inpatient prospective payment system hospitals are being reduced by 1.75% in FY 2016 to fund an estimated $1.5 billion in incentive payments for the VBP program. The actual VBP amount earned by each hospital depends on its Total Performance Score and incentive payment percentage. “The highest performing hospital in FY 2016 will receive a net change in payments of slightly more than 3% after 1.75% is withheld,” CMS said. “The worst performing hospital, receiving a Total Performance Score of 0, will see the maximum reduction of 1.75% and will not receive an incentive payment.” To view the final FY 2016 adjustment factors, see Table 16B at www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – October 26, 2015
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7. CMS Clarifies Alternate Exclusion for Public Health Reporting Under Final 2015 EHR Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new FAQ clarifying the alternate exclusion for hospitals and eligible professionals who do not plan to attest to certain public health measures for the 2015 Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. The final rule for 2015, published Oct. 16, allows for alternative exclusions and specifications for certain objectives and measures that lack a Stage 1 measure equivalent to the modified Stage 2 measure or require a menu measure. 
Source: AHA News Now – October 22, 2015
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8. FDA Announces New Features on AccessGUDID
The FDA, in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce the launch of new features on AccessGUDID, the public's portal to data submitted to FDA's Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).
This final rule finalizes a new edition of certification criteria (the 2015 Edition health IT certification criteria or "2015 Edition") and a new 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) definition, while also modifying the ONC Health IT Certification Program to make it open and accessible to more types of health IT and health IT that supports various care and practice settings. 
New APIs and a download are now available:
  • The Lookup API returns all AccessGUDID fields for a single device record.
  • The Implantable API and Implantable Download return a list of implantable devices that device labelers have submitted to AccessGUDID. The API was developed specifically to meet the Implantable Device List specifications in the recently published ONC 2015 EHR Certification Criteria and CMS EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use 3) Final Rules.
These new features are available in beta release for a brief user testing period before their full release. We encourage you to test them out and share your feedback. For more details, visit the API Documentation page.
Source: HPN Daily Update – October 21, 2015
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9. 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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10. Webinar Next Week – FREE for AHRMM Members
Organizing and Executing Supply Chain Costs through Clinical Variation and Reduction
This session details the process used by Vidant Health, an eight-hospital system with a 900-bed academic medical center, to engage physicians in standardization resulting in substantial savings. This live webinar will include process, from beginning to end, pitfalls, discovery and outcomes.
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Cost: FREE (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Speakers: William Brian Floyd, MBA, RN, President, Vidant Medical Center and Heather Bogan, Vice President, VHA Inc.
This webinar is sponsored by:
A sponsor of the CQO Movement
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