November 17, 2015
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1. Building Collaboration between Suppliers and Providers – December 2
As the supply chain environment becomes increasingly more complex, creating collaborative and strategic relationships with the supplier community is more important than ever.  This 90 minute panel discussion led by industry leaders, will provide insight as to how to improve and expand supplier-provider collaborations within the healthcare supply chain, assess and modify current negotiation and contracting practices and how this partnership can assist in CQO success.
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Cost: FREE (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1.5
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2. New On-Demand Sessions Available
For your learning convenience, the on-demand recordings from three 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. 
This two-part on-demand webinar series focuses on several areas of infection prevention including value analysis of regulatory aspects and applications to meet regulations and requirements. You can purchase each on-demand webinar individually or as a bundle.
Part 1 & 2 Bundle:
Cost: $158 (AHRMM Members), $268 (Non Members)
CPEs: 2

Individual Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $149 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
Click the on-demand title for full descriptions and to purchase session individually.
Learn about a comprehensive assessment and process improvement exercise on the Total Cost of Ownership model between UPMC and Cook Medical.  Specific areas of focus included ordering, shipping and materials management.
Cost: FREE (AHRMM Members), $49 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
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3. AHRMM Fellow Program
The designation of AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) recognizes current AHRMM members for reaching the highest level of education and achievement in both the Association and in the materials management field. Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP), FAHRMM status is given to active members who have excelled in specific areas and have submitted an acceptable, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
To assist candidates in this process the Fellow Review Committee has compiled a list of possible topics for consideration by candidates. Access the Fellow paper topics. 
For more information on the AHRMM Fellow Program, visit www.ahrmm.org/Fellow
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4. Term of the Week
Flexible Scheduling A strategy to match staffing with demand levels. Typically used to schedule work hours of hourly paid skilled workers to match the actual demand for their services, i.e., Nursing Staff to number of admitted patients.
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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5. Free Webinar Provided by USDM: UDI – Changing the Healthcare Landscape
There is a plethora of information in regards to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI). The UDI rule was driven by patient advocates due to, and in support of, the Institute of Medicine’s report “To Err is Human”, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim, adverse event reporting, recalls, and more recently Meaningful Use, to name a few. The knowledge of product use by patient will demonstrate powerful outcomes when used in comparative effectiveness, new product trials combined with genome therapy – how does a product work for each patient based on their genes, which will drive a paradigm shift in determining what is the best product to use for that specific patient.  Metadata is another consideration in this paradigm shift.
This webinar is designed to provide a high level view of the various aspects that are touched within the healthcare provider’s scope of responsibility in today’s world and in the future.
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET 
Cost: Complimentary
CPE: 1
Speaker: Jean Sargent, Vice President of Healthcare Strategy and Implementation, USDM
Learning Objectives:
  • Define the UDI ruling and the anticipated health benefits
  • Describe the various reports that support the use of the UDI
  • Describe how the use of the UDI will change the future of healthcare
  • Understand how this program will drive change management 
How this Webinar Relates to the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) MovementThis is a great example of the intersection of cost, quality and outcomes. The cost of treating a patient will change dramatically over the next few years. The way we purchase products will change. The quality of the product will be monitored through comparative effectives and the outcome by patient will be specific to how that product interacts with the patient’s genetics. Use of the UDI will track all of these changes. 
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6. DHS/HHS Coordinating Council Calls for Enhanced Vigilance after Paris Terrorist Attacks
Hospitals are encouraged to review and exercise their security plans following Friday’s terror attacks across Paris, according to leaders of the public/private council that coordinates health care and public health sector preparedness activities for the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services. “Incidents like this give us another opportunity to review our response plans with our employees for situational awareness, maintaining vigilance for behaviors, objects and activities that depart from the norm of their experience, that are out of place for the area, that prompt suspicion, or that otherwise raise safety or security concerns,” said leaders of the department’s coordinating council for the health care and public health sector. For more information and related preparedness resources, see the DHS notice.
Source: AHA News Now – November 16, 2015
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7. FDA Orders Company to Recall Automated Endoscope Reprocessors
On November 13, the Food and Drug Administration ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope reprocessors from healthcare facilities, citing violations that could result in an increased risk of infection. Hospitals and other facilities using the AERs should transition as soon as possible to alternative reprocessing methods that are compatible with their flexible endoscopes, and report any infections that may be related to the recalled reprocessors to the company and the FDA MedWatch program, the agency said.
Source: AHA News Now – November 13, 2015
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8. ECRI 2016 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards
What medical technology hazards are lurking in your hospital? Download ECRI’s 2016 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list now to see which 10 safety topics ECRI Institute deems crucial for hospitals to address in the coming year.
Infections from flexible endoscopes, missed alarms, and opioid-related deaths—these are just a few of the potential danger areas that we identified in our 2016 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list.
Find out what technology hazards may be putting your patients at risk, and what you can do about it. Visit www.ecri.org/2016hazards to download the 2016 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards Brief.
Source: ECRI – November 12, 2015
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9. CMS Clarifies How to Attest for Certain Measures under EHR Incentive Program Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued three new FAQs clarifying how to attest to certain meaningful use measures for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs under the final rule modifying meaningful use requirements for 2015-2017. The clarifications pertain to certain measures for health information exchange, patient electronic access and other objectives that require patient action.
Source: AHA News Now – November 11, 2015
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10. Registration Now Open for 2016 ACHI Conference
Association for Community Health Improvement National Conference
Join ACHI March 1-3, 2016 in Baltimore for its 13th annual national conference, From Health Care to Healthy Communities. This one-of-a kind meeting convenes over 500 community health stakeholders from the health care, public health and community development sectors for three days of networking and learning from presentations showcasing innovative practices in community health improvement. 
Learn more and register today at www.healthycommunities.org/2016achi.
Early bird rates are available until December 31. 
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11. AHRMM Mentor Program – Member Only Resource
Available only to AHRMM members, the AHRMM Mentor Program provides a six month platform for healthcare supply chain professionals to connect with more experienced professionals in the field. 
Whether to help with career planning, learn from previous experience, or simply to find an encouraging role model, engaging with a mentor can markedly improve an individual's work life and career. 
Learn more 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 4,300 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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