November 24, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from AHRMM!
During this time of thanksgiving we want to thank you for the work that you do to advance the healthcare supply chain, and for your support and participation in the AHRMM community.  Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
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1. AHRMM Call for 2016 Volunteers – Applications Due December 4
Contribute to the success of your professional association by volunteering for an AHRMM committee in 2016. Participating in committee work provides you with an excellent chance to contribute to your professional association, test and expand your leadership skills, contribute to the field, and increase your professional contacts.
A range of opportunities are available.  Visit the Committees/Task Force page to review each committee's charge to see where your expertise and interests fit best. Committees looking for participants include:
  • Annual Conference Education Committee (term begins in August 2015)
  • Chapter Relations Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Issues & Legislative Committee *
  • Membership Committee
Apply by Friday, December 4 by completing the online application. Be sure to include your top four choices.
Volunteer space is limited. Every effort will be made to accommodate applicants, however AHRMM cannot guarantee everyone who applies will be selected to serve on a committee. If you are not selected for a committee you may be placed on an alternate list for consideration should a seat become available, or for ad hoc task forces that are created throughout 2016.
If you have any questions about serving on an AHRMM committee please contact AHRMM directly at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840.
* Additional application information is required for the Issues & Legislative Committee.
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2. Next Week: Building Collaboration between Suppliers and Providers
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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3. CMRP Exam Scholarship Application Deadline December 31
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. 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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5. Term of the Week
Labor Management System (LMS): A software solution which provides a means of defining / documenting the most appropriate means of performing a process or task, provides an engineered methodology for calculating standard which show how long a task should take to complete and includes tools which can be used for planning activities and reporting performance against standards.
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. Relative Humidity in the OR Environment: Options for Evaluation
In many locations across the country, cold weather or desert climates create dry environmental conditions.  In order to achieve the higher levels of humidity required by regulatory agencies, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers have to add humidity into the building air, an activity that is expensive and creates its own unique set of challenges.
At the request of a number of healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs), ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) updated its national standard for HVAC design parameters.  The environmental relative humidity (RH) for anesthetizing location, including operating rooms, was changed to expand the minimum end of the range from 30% to 20% RH.  The upper limit remains at 60% RH.
The ASHRAE standard change does not address the clinical impact of the expansion of the minimum RH range to 20% on the supplies and equipment used in anesthetizing locations, including the OR environment.  Required environmental relative humidity for supplies and equipment is stated in the manufacturer’s Instructions for Use (IFUs, sometimes called DFUs).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing a categorical Life Safety Code (LSC) waiver permitting new and existing ventilation systems supplying hospital and critical access hospital (CAH) anesthetizing locations to operate with a RH of ≥20 percent, instead of ≥35 percent.
Check out evaluation options for a healthcare organization's approach to relative humidity in the OR environment.
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7. Slavitt Calls for Increased Transparency on Drug Prices
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt called for “increased transparency” of the information available about drug pricing and value during a Nov. 20 stakeholders meeting hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services on pharmaceutical innovation, access and affordability. Slavitt stated that there is not a common understanding of data, and drug costs are often unclear, making it “hard to have confidence that we have a truly functional and transparent market that delivers good value for patients.” The AHA participated in the forum, which featured a broad range of stakeholders who discussed opportunities to improve patient access to affordable prescription drugs, develop innovative purchasing strategies, and incorporate value-based and outcomes-based models into purchasing programs in both the public and private sectors. 
Source: AHA News Now – November 23, 2015
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8. Bellwether League Inc. Seeking Future Famer 2016 Nominations
For the second consecutive year, Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership, extends its reach to the other end of the career spectrum – those in the early stages of their healthcare supply chain career or those with non-healthcare supply chain experience that may be new to healthcare but are contributing to the industry in a significant way or are otherwise making a difference through innovative achievements, leadership potential and pioneering work.
Professionals selected as Future Famers will receive a formal certificate and an invitation to Bellwether League Inc.’s 4th Annual Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Forum and 9th Annual Bellwether Induction Dinner event on Monday, October 3, 2016, in Chicago. Bellwether League Inc. selects Future Famers during the 4th quarter of each year and announces each Future Famer class during the 1st quarter of the following year via Bellwether League Inc.’s Web site and media coverage.
Deadline for nominations: Monday, December 28, 2015
Click here and nominate someone for Future Famer consideration! 
Source: Bellwether League, Inc. – November 20, 2015
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9. CMS Notice Clarifies Actions Taken to Address Isolated ICD-10 Problems
On November 20 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a notice clarifying actions taken since Oct. 1 to address isolated problems processing ICD-10 codes for certain national or local coverage decisions/policies. With respect to the national coverage decisions, interim solutions were implemented and a permanent systems update should be in place by Jan. 4, the agency said. In most cases, claims inappropriately rejected or denied have been automatically reprocessed and no action is required by the provider. After Oct. 1, some Medicare Administrative Contractors also needed to add allowable ICD-10 diagnosis codes for certain local coverage decisions. Affected claims with dates of service on and after Oct. 1, 2015 were generally suspended until the fixes were implemented, CMS said. Questions about specific LCDs should be directed to the appropriate MAC. As of Oct. 1, healthcare 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 – November 20, 2015
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10. CMS Finalizes Bundled Payment Initiative for Hip and Knee Replacements
On November 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, set to begin on April 1, 2016. The CJR model aims to support better and more efficient care for beneficiaries undergoing the most common inpatient surgeries for Medicare beneficiaries: hip and knee replacements (also called lower extremity joint replacements or LEJR). This model tests bundled payment and quality measurement for an episode of care associated with hip and knee replacements to encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to work together to improve the quality and coordination of care from the initial hospitalization through recovery.
The proposed rule for the CJR model was published on July 9, 2015, with the comment period ending September 8, 2015. After reviewing nearly 400 comments from the public on the proposed rule, several major changes were made from the proposed rule, including changing the model start date to April 1, 2016. The final rule was placed on display on November 16, 2015 and can be viewed at the Federal Register .
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – November 16, 2015
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11. CQO Movement Case Studies
AHRMM has worked with several healthcare supply chain teams to develop case studies highlighting how their organizations have embraced the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement
In honor of National Healthcare Supply Chain Week, discover how supply chain professionals made a difference in their organization by working at the intersection of CQO to reduce costs while improving patient care and driving greater financial outcomes for their organizations.
These CQO case studies are a member-only resource.
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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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