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Free Two-Part Webinar Series with GS1 Kicks off This Thursday 
This two-part webinar series will introduce you to the GS1 System of Standards and focus on Global Location Number (GLN) and Global Trade Item Number (GTIN). The webinars will also give an overview of FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements for manufacturers and review GS1 Standards implementation roadmap for hospital providers to achieve a successful implementation.
Part 1 December 1 - Introduction to GS1 Standards

New Learning UDI Community Work Group
The Learning UDI Community (LUC) focuses on identifying issues that impact UDI adoption within the healthcare setting and establishing cross-functional work groups made up of subject matter experts and stakeholders. Join the community and contribute to work groups developing resources that accelerate UDI adoption.
A new LUC work group has been recently approved by the LUC Steering Committee, and is open for LUC members to join. Click on the work group name below for a brief overview outlining the group's focus and objectives they will address. 
If you are interested in joining this new work group, please contact AHRMM directly at ahrmm@aha.org or (312) 422-3840. This new work group requires a response by Friday, December 9.
Term of the Month
MACRA, The Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Act, has set in motion the new formula for physician reimbursement, with the performance period for the first year of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program beginning in January 2017 to permanently replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Consistent with the law the proposed rule creates 2 different payment paths for physicians –alternative payment models (APM) and the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
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
New AHA Report on Ensuring Access to Care in Vulnerable Communities
Today, the AHA released an innovative report from their Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities. The AHA Board of Trustees created this task force to provide a path forward for the preservation of healthcare services in our nation’s vulnerable rural and urban areas. The task force considered a number of integrated, comprehensive strategies to reform healthcare delivery and payment. Their report sets forth a menu of options from which communities may select based on their unique needs, support structures and preferences.
Source: AHA Special Bulletin – November 29, 2016
Patient Care and Patient Safety Are Top Priorities for General Surgery
U.S. general surgery residents are selectively making the choice to work additional hours when needed to manage critical stages in patient care, according to results from a national survey conducted as part of the Flexibility in Duty Hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees (FIRST) Trial. The trial, the first-ever national multicenter randomized study of resident duty (work) hour policies, began with the 2015-2016 academic year.
Source: HPN Daily Update – November 23, 2016
Report Looks to Improve Healthcare Access to Disaster Sites
A report released last week by Healthcare Ready looks at healthcare challenges presented by disruptions in private-sector access to disaster sites, and presents programs and resources for states and jurisdictions seeking to address them. The report was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Healthcare Ready (formerly Rx Response) works with the public health and private sector to strengthen health care supply chains and address pressing issues before, during and after disasters.
Source: AHA News Now – November 23, 2016
Genesis HealthCare Sees Big Savings Ahead Using Advanced Online Analytics Solution
Free white paper sponsored by  Vizient
Like health systems everywhere, Genesis HealthCare needs to get the most savings possible from purchasing. But dated technology made keeping up with fast-moving market pricing and internal spending trends difficult. So when Genesis was asked to help test and improve an innovative supply chain analytics solution, they didn’t hesitate. Harnessing advanced online technology, Vizient Savings ActualyzerTM automatically pulls together diverse pricing, contract, and spend data streams. Upon opening, it automatically displays savings opportunities by dollar value — along with a rough estimate of the difficulty required to achieve those opportunities. Savings Actualyzer’s data visibility enabled Genesis to track performance of individual savings initiatives, plus it showed where its processes were strong and where they could be adjusted.
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Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
The November/December digital edition of the member-only publication, Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions, is now available! Access the latest issue, which discusses the profound impact technology has on healthcare and how supply chain can contribute to improving healthcare data.
Article Highlight -  Looking Back on Technology in 2016 and What’s on the Horizon for 2017
By Dottie Leway, CMRP
SCSS Digital Edition
As 2016 comes to an end, we can look back and see that this year has brought a lot of new opportunities to help facilities achieve better patient outcomes, implement the Triple Aim framework, and new mobile applications patients can access to keep up with their health.
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