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New Webinar on December 15 – FREE for Members
Help! I Can’t Find My OR Supplies!
Innovative RFID Initiative Uses “Smart” Trash Bins in the OR to Track and Manage Supplies
 
Hear how using RFID technology in the OR can revolutionize your organization’s supply chain management and has the potential to reduce wasted supplies, locate unused supplies, and deliver significant savings.
 
Learn More and Register Today
Apply to Volunteer for an AHRMM Committee by November 20
Contribute to the success of your professional association by volunteering for an AHRMM committee in 2017. Visit the Committees webpage to review each committee's charge and see where your expertise and interests fit best.
 
Include your top four choices in the online application by Sunday, November 20.
  
If you have any questions about serving on an AHRMM committee please contact AHRMM directly at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840.
Now Available On-Demand: Zika Virus Update
Missed the Zika Virus Update webinar last month? Access the free on-demand recording discussing how Zika impacts clinical and supply chain staff across the continuum of care.
 
HEALTHCARE HEADLINES
ECRI Institute's Annual Health Technology Hazards List
ECRI Institute announced its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2017, with dangerous infusion pump errors at the top of the list.  Access the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2017 Executive Brief at www.ecri.org/2017hazards.
 
Source: HPN Daily Update – November 8, 2016
Report: America’s Hospitals Continue to Improve Patient Care
America’s hospitals continue to improve patient safety and quality, according to the latest annual report from The Joint Commission, released yesterday.
 
Source: AHA News Now – November 7, 2016
CMS Releases Final 2017 Physician Payment Rule
On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2017. The final rule updates payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017. Read the full release from CMS.
 
Source: AHA News Now – November 2, 2016
CMS Finalizes OPPS/ASC Changes for 2017
On November 1, CMS released the 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates final rule with comment period (CMS-1656-FC). CMS is also implementing Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which requires certain off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments that began billing on or after Nov. 2, 2015 will no longer be paid under OPPS. Read the full release from CMS.
 
Source: AHA News Now – November 1, 2016
CMS Posts Final Hospital VBP Program Adjustment Factors for FY 2017
Last Tuesday, CMS posted the final incentive payment adjustment factors for the fiscal year 2017 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. To view the final FY 2017 adjustment factors, see Table 16B at www.cms.gov.
 
Read the full release from CMS.
Source: AHA News Now – November 1, 2016
CDC FAQ for Hospitals Notifying Patients of Heater-Cooler Device Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released frequently asked questions for hospitals notifying patients of risk from potentially contaminated heater-cooler devices used during cardiac surgery. The FAQs, which were added to a CDC toolkit for notifying clinicians and patients, address questions such as how far back in time hospitals should go to notify patients.
 
Source: AHA News Now – November 1, 2016
 
AHRMM provider members have been asked to participate in a short survey for the CDC regarding heater-cooler devices. If you are a provider member, click here to complete the survey.
FEATURED MEMBER BENEFIT
AHRMM Members Invited to AHA Post-Election Webcast Tomorrow
Join AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Tom Nickels for a special post-election webcast on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. ET to break down the results.
 
Joining the webcast for a robust discussion of the new political landscape and what it all means for hospitals and health systems will be two veteran Washington strategists and advisors:   
  • Stacey Hughes, president and founding partner of The Nickles Group, and
  • David Leiter, president, ML Strategies
Click here to register/log in. (Please note that registration is required for all participants.)
 
Questions about the webcast or its contents? Call 1-800-424-4301.
 
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