December 8, 2015
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1. AHRMM15 CQO Summit White Paper
Collaboration is a key element of the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement, and during the AHRMM15 Conference & Exhibition, AHRMM gathered a diverse group of healthcare leaders to attend the AHRMM15 CQO Summit.
Today AHRMM released the white paper, Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration on CQO Initiatives across Healthcare, recapping and highlighting the fundamental discussions from the event.  During the CQO Summit, current issues in healthcare were presented and discussed by multi-disciplinary stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum.  The range of participants presented unique perspectives that generated ideas, questions, and discussions that advanced the CQO Movement.   A printed version of the paper will be mailed to all AHRMM members this month or you can read the full AHRMM15 CQO Summit white paper online
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2. Next Tuesday: Free Webinar on UDI  
Wondering where to start and how to implement and meet, the requirements as stated by FDA in the UDI rule?  Let us help!  Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) has begun a pilot program to implement UDI, and will reveal their process to help others do the same. 
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm CT; 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Cost: FREE 
CPE: 1
Speaker: Sandi Michel, Corporate Director of Data Standards & Interoperability, FMOLHS
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3. New On-Demand Session Now Available
For your learning convenience, the on-demand recording from the recent webinar, Being Lean: Identifying and Improving Transportation Efficiency, 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 session will help define and identify healthcare transportation areas that can be modified with lean principles and provide tools and processes that can transform logistics into a more efficient and cost-effective system.
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4. Term of the Week
Paradox of prevention is a term used in public health discussions which refers to the instances when very small reductions in risk at the individual level can produce huge consequences at a population level. The problem with precision medicine is that some very significant achievements at the individual level can be achieved without having much of an impact at a population level. For example, the question is often asked about tobacco is 'why do some people smoke for a lifetime and never get cancer or emphysema? The answer from a public health point of view is to severely regulate tobacco consumption, not to figure out the genomic bases for figuring out lung cancer or heart disease
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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5. FDA Offers Guidance for Blood Establishments During Ebola Outbreaks
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new recommendations for blood establishments to implement additional screening measures during Ebola virus outbreaks.
FDA says its new draft guidance, Recommendations for Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Donor Deferral and Blood Product Management in Response to Ebola Virus, is intended to be used when there is an ongoing Ebola outbreak with "widespread transmission in at least one country."
While Ebola symptoms typically present within 21 days of infection, recent analyses have demonstrated that some patients may not become symptomatic till much later. Additionally, scientists have discovered that infectious Ebola virus and viral RNA can remain present in certain parts of the body and bodily fluids for months after symptoms have resolved. Other reports have signaled the possibility of asymptomatic infection, which could in theory lead to infection of others.
For these reasons, FDA is recommending blood establishments implement additional screening measures when the CDC declares there is widespread Ebola transmission in one or more countries.
Source: HPN Daily Update – December 8, 2015
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6. CY 2016 Outpatient Quality Reporting Program Appeals Period Underway
Hospitals subject to a reduction in Medicare outpatient payments in 2016 due to non-compliance with the outpatient quality reporting program may appeal the determination by submitting a reconsideration request by Feb. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday. Eligible hospitals that do not meet all OQR program requirements or participate in the program will receive a 2 percentage point reduction of the annual payment update. About 96.5% of hospitals eligible to participate in the program met the criteria to receive a full payment update of negative 0.3% for calendar year 2016, CMS said. The annual payment update status for each hospital eligible for the program can be found at www.qualitynet.org.
Source: AHA News Now – December 7, 2015
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7. CMS Issues ICD-10 Resource Guide for Medical Specialties
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued an ICD-10 resource guide for medical specialties and common health conditions and services. Health care claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures under a final rule that took effect Oct. 1. For more on the transition to ICD-10, visit www.aha.org and www.cms.gov.
Source: AHA News Now – December 3, 2015
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8. OSHA Webpage Focuses on Preventing Violence in Healthcare Settings
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration has created a new webpage featuring strategies and tools for preventing workplace violence in healthcare settings. According to OSHA, the rate of serious workplace violence incidents was more than four times higher in healthcare settings than the private industry average. The webpage is designed to support OSHA's Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers, which describes the five components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
Source: AHA News Now – December 2, 2015
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9. CMRP Scholarships for AHRMM Members Available through December 2015
AHRMM is currently offering scholarships for receiving and renewing the nationally recognized Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credential.
AHRMM members who apply for the CMRP renewal or exam scholarship now through December 31, 2015 will receive a voucher for the full CMRP exam fee or renewal fee. This is a limited-time, exclusive offer only available to active AHRMM members who meet the CMRP eligibility or renewal requirements.
For more information about the application, schedule, and guidelines, visit the CMRP Scholarship page.
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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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