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This white paper was written as a recap of the AHRMM17 Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Summit, held in July 2017 in Washington, D.C. The paper presents an overview of the keynote presentation on the delivery and integration of care, roundtable discussions, and a recap of the panel discussion on supply chain’s role in population health management.
Bellwether League Inc. inducted 10 healthcare supply chain industry innovators, leaders and pioneers into the Bellwether Class of 2017 for their noteworthy contributions and performance. They joined 86 honorees inducted since Bellwether League’s founding 10 years ago. 
Apply before December 15, 2017 to recieve health coverage through the marketplaces for 2018. This is an opportunity to help individuals in all communities get covered for next year – either by re-enrolling in coverage or enrolling for the first time. America’s hospitals and health systems have long helped connect consumers with health coverage and will continue to do so as open enrollment gets underway.
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Stereoscopic Systems: Stereoscopic systems create visual templates. Surgeons who've piloted the technology say it brings added comfort and visual information that allows them to operate more effectively and efficiently while also giving medical residents a clear picture of what they're doing. Two of the most intricate surgical practices, ophthalmology and neurology, began experimenting in the past year with technology that allows surgeons to keep their heads up while using high-resolution, 3D visual representations of their subjects.
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!
The new leadership at Medicare is reviewing its support for a possible change in hospital billing forms. That single change - adding a number about 14 digits long to identify medical devices - could reap enormous benefits in greater patient safety and save billions in taxpayer money. Read More.
Source: HPN Daily Update November 27, 2017
The world of biosimilars is constantly evolving, with many developments occurring in just the past few weeks. On November 2, 2017, CMS announced a significant decision to change the existing policy on biosimilar reimbursement under Medicare Part B. Read More.
Source: HPN Daily Update - November 22, 2017
Gartner, Inc. has released its ninth annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The ranking recognizes companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. Read More.
Source: HPN Daily Update - November 22, 2017
FDA regulations classify hospital beds as Class I and Class II devices. These devices are used for patients in acute care, long-term care, or home care settings. A hospital bed system encompasses the bed frame and its components, including the bed side rails, head and foot board, the mattress, and any accessories added to the bed, such a detachable mattress cover. Read More.
Source: Food and Drug Administration - November 20, 2017
Community Care of North Carolina’s (CCNC) family of companies includes parent company CCNC, Inc. and NC Community Care Networks, a community-based, public-private partnership that creates “medical homes” in all 100 counties for North Carolina Medicaid recipients. 
Learn how Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) created the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN), an innovative program where primary care physicians and community pharmacists work together to improve the care of patients in their community.
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