November 3, 2015
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1. UDI: A “How To" Guide for Implementation with Your Organization
FMOLHS UDI Process Implementation Plan: Patient Safety, Regulatory Requirements and Predictive Analytics and Evidence Based Decisions
This session will explain the benefits of implementing the UDI such as immediate device status updates through collaboration with manufacturers and suppliers, increased patient care satisfaction, and how the data you collect can turn your analytics into strategic and critical business decisions.  Learn the step by step process that FMOLHS used to implement UDI. Best practices to avoid delays and ensure your resources are available when you need them will be reviewed. 
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT; 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Cost: FREE
CPE: 1
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2. The 2015 Compensation Survey Deadline Extended to this Friday
Don’t forget to participate in this year’s compensation survey.  The more participants we have, the more accurate and comprehensive the report!  
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, please contact AHRMM at ahrmm@aha.org or call (312) 422-3840.
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3. New On-Demand Recording: Applying Lean Concepts to Healthcare
For your learning convenience, the on-demand recording from the recent webinar, Good to Great: Applying Lean Concepts to Healthcare, is 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.  
This session provides an overview of supply chain management and the areas that could be modified to reduce waste, whether that it is wasted efforts or wasted products.  In addition, it will describe how to instill a culture of change within your own team and empower your staff to begin looking for and implementing small changes which will ultimately bring value back to the stakeholders that we serve.
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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
FIFO First in First Out Inventory control and/or accounting method of valuing inventory where the last purchases are reflected in book inventory and the products are rotated so that the first item received are used/consumed first, common where products have expiration dates.
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. VHA-UHC Alliance NewCo to Acquire MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management Segment
VHA-UHC Alliance NewCo, Inc. (“VHA-UHC Alliance”) announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement under which it will acquire MedAssets’ (NASDAQ: MDAS) Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, including Sg2, from Pamplona Capital Management (“Pamplona”), upon Pamplona’s close of the MedAssets acquisition, thereby becoming a global leader in health care supply chain procurement, market intelligence, strategic analytics and comprehensive consulting services. The combined expertise of VHA-UHC Alliance and MedAssets SCM will help providers significantly improve their financial, clinical and operational performance.  
Source: VHA – November 2, 2015
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7. CMS Releases OPPS, ASC Final Rule with Changes to Two-Midnight Policy
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Friday issued a final rule for calendar year 2016 for the hospital outpatient prospective payment and ambulatory surgical center payment systems. Under the rule, there is a net decrease in OPPS payments of 0.4%.This net decrease largely results from a 2.0 percentage point cut to the OPPS conversion factor intended to account for CMS’s overestimation of the amount of packaged laboratory payments under the OPPS for laboratory tests that were previously paid under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. In addition, CMS finalized its proposal to alter its “two-midnight” policy so that certain hospital inpatient services that do not cross two midnights may be considered appropriate for payment under Medicare Part A if a physician determines and documents in the patient’s medical record that the patient required reasonable and necessary admission to the hospital. CMS makes no changes for stays that last at least two midnights. The agency also restates the changes it announced to its medical review strategy in the OPPS proposed rule – namely, CMS now requires Quality Improvement Organizations to conduct first-line medical reviews of the majority of patient status claims rather than the Medicare Administrative Contractors or Recovery Audit Contractors, which will focus only on those hospitals with consistently high denial rates. As expected, CMS did not reverse the 0.2% payment cut associated with the two-midnight policy. For the outpatient quality reporting program, CMS removes one imaging utilization measure and adds one new measure that assesses radiation therapy dosing for certain cancer patients.  
Source: AHA News Now – October 30, 2015
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8. CMS Releases Final 2016 Physician Payment Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Friday October 30 finalized a payment increase of 0.5% for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2016, as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to pay for advanced care planning services, which include explanation and discussion of advance directives by a physician or other qualified health professional. “We are pleased that CMS is recognizing the important role that advanced care planning services play in encouraging Medicare providers and beneficiaries to discuss and communicate a beneficiary’s treatment preferences,” stated AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels. Other proposals finalized in the rule include the use of star ratings on Physician Compare and the application of the value-based payment modifier to groups consisting of only non-physician eligible professionals, such as physician assistants. CMS did not finalize its proposal to require reporting of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey by group practices of 25-99 EPs, though it will require reporting by group practices of 100 or more EPs. The proposed rule will be published in the Nov. 16 Federal Register. 
Source: AHA News Now – October 30, 2015
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9. CDC Reports Increase in Fentanyl-Related Overdoses
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Drug Enforcement Administration are investigating recent increases in overdose fatalities related to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to a CDC advisory last week. Most of the more than 700 fentanyl-related overdose deaths reported to DEA since late 2013 were attributable to illicitly-manufactured fentanyl mixed with heroin or other diluents, the agency said. The advisory includes recommendations for public health departments, health care providers, law enforcement and others to improve detection of fentanyl outbreaks and expand naloxone. For example, the agency recommends that health care providers keep more naloxone on hand for first responders, because multiple doses may be needed to treat a fentanyl overdose due to the drug’s potency.
Source: AHA News Now – October 28, 2015
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10. CMRP Exam Scholarship for AHRMM Members through December 2015
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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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 3,900 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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Being Lean:
Identifying and Improving Transportation Efficiency 
On November 11, join AHRMM and identify areas of logistics redundancy within your organization. This session will 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. 

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