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Webinar this Thursday – FREE for AHRMM Members
Help! I Can’t Find My OR Supplies!
Innovative RFID Initiative Uses “Smart” Trash Bins in the OR to Track and Manage Supplies
Join AHRMM this Thursday to hear how using RFID technology in the OR can revolutionize your organization’s supply chain management and has the potential to reduce wasted supplies, locate unused supplies, and deliver significant savings.
AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs 
Congratulations to the following individuals for receiving their Certified Resource and Materials Management (CMRP) credential in November 2016:
  • Robert Anderson, Dunwoody, GA
  • Kathleen Barr, Spokane, WA
  • Kyle Culbertson, Brunswick, GA
  • Luis Culver, Copperas Cove, TX
  • Todd Dumont, Freeport, ME
  • James Fawcett, Hanover, NH
  • Brian Goehner Murrieta, CA
  • Geraldine Lechantre, Maywood, IL
  • Wendy Lomax, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Brian Murray, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Gary Rakes, Wausau, WI
  • Lonnie Rice, Duluth, GA
  • Eric Spannenberg, Belleville, KS
  • Bobby Ward, San Antonio, TX
Hospital-Acquired Conditions Fall 21% Over Five Years
Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21% (3.1 million) between 2010 and 2015, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion in healthcare costs, according to results reported yesterday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Central-line associated bloodstream infections fell by 91%; post-operative venous thromboembolisms fell by 76%; catheter-associated urinary tract infections fell by 33%; adverse drug events fell by 29%; and ventilator-associated pneumonias fell by 24%, among other reductions. The findings are based on the AHRQ National Scorecard, which provides summary data on the national HAC rate for measurement activities associated with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative.
Source: AHA News Now – December 12, 2016
FDA Class I Recall: Convenience Kits containing Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters by Centurion
Centurion is recalling the Centurion Convenience Kits containing Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters. The catheters have a potential for excess material to remain at the tip of the catheter from the manufacturing process.
Source: Health Facilities Management This Week – December 12, 2016
CMS Announces Two New Patient Engagement Models
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center last Thursday announced two Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives Models that will test different approaches to shared decision making regarding treatment options. The Shared Decision Making Model will test a specific approach to integrate a four-step decision making process into the clinical practice of practitioners who are participating accountable care organizations. The Direct Decision Support Model will test an approach to shared decision making provided outside of the clinical delivery system by an organization that provides health management and decision support services.
Source: AHA News Now – December 8, 2016
CMS Posts Final Hospital MOON for Implementation by March 8
On December 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted its updated version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, a standard notice that all hospitals and critical access hospitals must provide effective March 8, 2017 to all Medicare beneficiaries who receive outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours.
Source: AHA News Now – December 8, 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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AHRMM Fellow Program – Reach the Highest Level of Achievement 
Only presented to Certified Materials & Resource Professionals (CMRP) and current members, AHRMM Fellow (FAHRMM) is designated to those who have excelled in specific areas of the supply chain and have submitted an approved, original, unpublished paper on a current aspect of materials or supply chain management.
Fellow Review Committee members are available to serve as mentors for individuals interested in applying for the Fellow designation. Visit www.ahrmm.org/Fellow for FAHRMM designation requirements and additional information on the program.
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