December 1, 2015
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1. Tomorrow: 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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2. New Upcoming Webinar: Demand Planning for Healthcare Supply Chain
This webinar looks at the concept of Demand Planning as the next step in the evolution of the healthcare supply chain process. Review of this concept will show how it builds trust relationships and encourages collaboration amongst the departments in healthcare organizations and suppliers. 
Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT; 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 (AHRMM Members), $149 (Non Members)
CPE: 1
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3. On-Demand Session Now Available – Free for AHRMM Members
For your learning convenience, the on-demand recording from the recent webinar, Organizing and Executing Supply Chain Costs through Clinical Variation and Reduction, is 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 on-demand webinar details the process used by Vidant Health, an eight-hospital system with a 900-bed academic medical center, to engage physicians in standardization resulting in substantial savings. This session includes process, from beginning to end, pitfalls, discovery and outcomes.
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4. Local AHRMM Chapter News Is Now Available
Chapter News is now available and full of valuable networking and educational events, many of which are approved to offer continuing education credits. Read more about the work being done by members of the AHRMM affiliated chapters and join them for your own professional advancement.
Find chapters in your area to start connecting with your peers and attending local meetings.
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5. Term of the Week
An intensivist is a physician (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in the care of critically ill patients, most often in the intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists can be internists (pulmonologists, emergency medicine physicians, or other sub-specialist), anesthesiologists, pediatricians, or surgeons who have completed a fellowship in critical care medicine. The intensivist must be competent not only in a broad spectrum of conditions common among critically ill patients but also with the technical procedures and devices used in the intensive care setting.
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. 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
Speakers: Jean Sargent, Vice President of Healthcare Strategy and Implementation, USDM
Jay Crowley (former FDA Senior Advisor for Patient Safety), VP and UDI Practice Lead, 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) Movement:  This 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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7. AAMI Foundation Releases Alarm Management Toolkit
The AAMI Foundation has released a free compendium designed to help hospitals and health care organizations meet The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. The Joint Commission will begin documenting noncompliance with clinical alarm management in 2016. The Clinical Alarm Management Compendium is designed to help organizations develop and implement the necessary policies and procedures. It includes specific advice as well as examples of successful practices already in use.
Source: AHA News Now – November 25, 2015
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8. FDA Issues Warning for Intravascular Medical Devices
On November 23, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety announcement alerting healthcare providers to the possibility that the coating on certain intravascular medical devices may separate and cause injury to patients. Devices such as intravascular catheters, guidewires, balloon angioplasty catheters, delivery sheaths and implant delivery systems often have hydrophilic and/or hydrophobic lubricious coatings to reduced friction with blood vessels. According to FDA, separation of the coating can occur for a number of reasons ranging from the difficulty of the procedure to device design and manufacturing. Serious injuries reported include the persistence of coating fragments in patients, requiring surgical intervention to mitigate the consequences, adverse tissue reactions and thrombosis. “Based on current information, the FDA believes the overall benefits of these devices continue to outweigh the risks,” the announcement states. “However, health care providers should be aware of potential problems and consider certain actions prior to use.” The safety communication lists information and actions providers may take in order to reduce the potential of serious adverse events. FDA has not concluded that any specific manufacturer or brand is associated with higher risks. For more, see the safety announcement.
Source: AHA News Now – November 24, 2015
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9. HHS Releases Notice for FY 2017 Federal Medical Assistance Percentages
The Department of Health and Human Services on November 24 released a notice with the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program federal medical assistance percentages for fiscal year FY 2017. The notice provides the state-by-state FMAP percentages for Medicaid, CHIP and disaster-recovery FMAP adjustments. The FMAPs are effective Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 31, 2017.
Source: AHA News Now – November 24, 2015
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10. Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
Check out the November/December issue of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions – the premier AHRMM member publication.
Article Highlight:
A Look at the Holistic Picture of Sustainability 
By: AHRMM Board Member, LTC (Ret.) Paul J. Davis
Sustainability is not a ‘what’ but a ‘how.’ Sustainability involves a shift in overall mindset, a different approach to achieving the mission.
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