December 15, 2015
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1. New Infographic on CQO and the Triple Aim
Clear and important connections can, and should, be made between the Cost, Quality, and Outcomes (CQO) Movement and the goals of the Triple Aim. The AHRMM Board of Directors crafted a concise, informative graphic to demonstrate where and how the healthcare supply chain positively impacts the goals of the Triple Aim. 
View the infographic demonstrating supply chain’s essential role in pursuing the Triple Aim.
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2. Demand Planning for the Healthcare Supply Chain Environment
Utilizing Demand Planning for the Healthcare Supply Chain Environment
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; and demonstrates how to apply this concept using data analytics.
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
Speakers: Jacqueline Gregory, Supply Chain Operations, Orlando Health, Inc.; Randy Hayas, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Orlando Health, Inc.; Steve Kiewiet, BJC HealthCare; William H Saphir BS, MA, MBA, Principal, William H Saphir
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3. AHRMM Congratulates New CMRPs
AHRMM congratulates the following individuals for receiving their Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) credentials in November 2015:
  • Lee Baldwin, St. Cloud, MN
  • Courtney Bohman, Rowlett, TX
  • Aaron Collins, Chandler, AZ
  • David Coombs, Lebanon, NH
  • John DeCataldo, Frederick, MD
  • Jason Estes, Honolulu, HI
  • Timothy Hagler, Federal Way, WA
  • Linda Lund, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Beth Maldonado, Allentown, PA
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4. Term of the Week
National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center (NH-ISAC, Inc.) is the nationally recognized ISAC for the nation’s healthcare and public health critical infrastructure by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the HHS Health Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) representing the nation’s healthcare industry. The mission of NH-ISAC is to foster, enable and preserve the public trust by advancing health sector cybersecurity resilience and the ability to prepare for and respond to threats and vulnerabilities.
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. AHA Urges CMS to Improve EHR Program
The AHA Friday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to revise the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program framework to reflect experience and the need for flexibility, and delay new requirements until the health information exchange standards and infrastructure are mature. “To reach the goal of EHR adoption and use across a sizeable majority of eligible hospitals, critical access hospitals and eligible professionals, the EHR Incentive Program framework and timeframe must be reoriented to provide operational and strategic flexibility for participating providers to enable them to achieve our shared national vision of an e-enabled health care system,” wrote AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels, on the Stage 3 meaningful use final rule with comment. The letter includes specific recommendations to improve the structure of the program, increase flexibility and base meaningful use requirements on mature standards. 
Source: AHA News Now – December 14, 2015
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6. ICD-10 Transition Successful at 80% of Organizations: KPMG Survey
October 1st's changeover to ICD-10 - a five-fold increase in the billing codes used in healthcare - consumed a great deal of time and energy among IT, clinical and finance professionals, but a KPMG LLP survey found 80 percent of organizations said the transition has proceeded smoothly.
ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) represents a vast changeover in medical coding and billing, expanding the number of diagnostic codes to 68,000 from 13,000 set more than 30 years ago. More specific coding allows greater insights into reimbursement and the quality of care, healthcare experts say.
Catherine O'Leary, KPMG managing director, said the first few weeks of the transition have been smooth with only limited technical difficulties, but providers will need to dedicate more attention to the quality and specificity of clinical documentation to reduce rejected medical insurance claims.
Source: HPN Daily Update – December 14, 2015
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7. CMS Publishes Corrections to Final Rule for 2015 Edition Health IT Certification
On December 11, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology published a notice correcting technical errors in its Oct. 16 final rule for the 2015 Edition HIT certification criteria. The notice also clarifies requirements for the exchange of the Common Clinical Data Set in support of transitions of care, the approach to privacy and security certification, and mandatory disclosures by health IT developers during certification and random surveillance. Like the final rule, the corrections and clarifications take effect on Jan. 14, 2016.
Source: AHA News Now – December 11, 2015
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8. ASPR Seeks Input to Inform Hospital Preparedness Program Updates
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response encourages hospitals to participate in recently opened discussions on its Information Exchange about updating the Hospital Preparedness Program’s health care preparedness capabilities and performance measures. To register for the Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange, click here. All registrants are vetted before admission to the Information Exchange. For additional information or assistance, contact the ASPR TRACIE Assistance Center.
Source: AHA News Now – December 8, 2015
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9. Article Highlight - Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions
Check out the November/December issue of Supply Chain Strategies & Solutions – the premier AHRMM member publication.
Article Highlight: Building on a Strong Foundation
By AHRMM Board Member, Teresa L. Dail, RN, BSN.
As the next generation of supply chain professionals come into the marketplace, it is our responsibility to ensure we keep them focused on what the basics of a strong household are.
As the next generation of supply chain professionals come into the marketplace, it is our responsibility to ensure we keep them focused on what the basics of a strong household are.
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