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Access Part 2 of the Value Based Purchasing and Value Analysis Series
In this three-part webcast and podcast series, Howard Mann, Vice President, Supply Chain Management at Cardiovascular Care Group discusses the basics of value analysis and value based purchasing to achieve high Cost, Quality, and Outcomes. In part one, Howard Mann explains value based purchasing and its effects on hospital reimbursement. Access part two and review the importance of value analysis and supply chain’s involvement. Stay tuned for part three, which will be released next week.
Access the podcast at http://learning.ahrmm.org/podcasts.
Access the webcast at http://learning.ahrmm.org/webcasts.
Part 2 of the GS1 Webinar Series is this Thursday 
Free Webinar | 1 CPE Credit
In order to become data-driven organizations, healthcare providers need to leverage data standards and incorporate them in their information technology systems. Join AHRMM and GS1 this Thursday and learn specific use cases and implementation steps related to GLN implementation at major hospital providers.

Report from the November 2016 AHRMM Board Meeting is Now Available
Download the AHRMM Board Meeting Overview Report from November 10-11, 2016 here.
The report, compiled after each board meeting, is intended to keep members, chapter leaders, and collaborators informed about the work of the AHRMM Board. You can search previous Board Meeting Overview reports in the Leadership section on the AHRMM website
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.
21st Century Cures Act
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 392-26 to approve the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34). The 21st Century Cures Act, which speeds up approval of medical devices and drugs and sets up a sweeping medical research framework for everything from Alzheimer's disease to opioid addiction, passed a procedural vote in the Senate yesterday. 
Source: Healthcare Dive – December 5, 2016
Joint Commission Changes Process for Interim Life Safety Measures
The Joint Commission has changed the way it documents interim life safety measures (ILSMs) in requirements for improvement. As part of its new process, if surveyors identify a deficiency that results in a requirement for improvement (RFI), they will ask the healthcare organization which ILSMs will be implemented until corrective actions are completed. ILSM selections must be based on the organization's ILSM policy, and surveyors will record the selected measures into the RFI.
Source: Health Facilities Management This Week – December 2, 2016
CMS Issues FAQs On Emergency Preparedness Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions received in response to its final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating healthcare facilities. Additional questions related to the final rule may be sent to SCGEmergencyPrep@cms.hhs.gov. Next spring, CMS anticipates issuing interpretive guidance for the rule, which hospitals and other affected entities must implement by Nov. 15, 2017. For more on the rule, visit https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/cmsrule.
Source: AHA News Now – December 1, 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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HIMSS17 Annual Conference & Exhibition – AHRMM Member Discount
The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 19–23, 2017 in Orlando, brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products, and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.
AHRMM is proud to be an official Endorser of HIMSS17. As such, our members receive the member discount to attend!
To receive the discount, go to the registration page and click the Register Now button. Select AHRMM from the "Conference Endorsing Organizations" drop down in the registration process, and enter the code ENDAHRMM17
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