December 22, 2015
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1. New AHRMM Online Education – Podcasts
Introducing the newest addition to AHRMM online education - Podcasts! AHRMM Podcasts are a free and quick resource for individuals interested in hearing more on relevant healthcare supply chain topics.

Two podcasts are now available and AHRMM will launch additional podcasts throughout 2016.

Continuing Education and Earning Your CMRP:  It’s Importance to You and the Supply Chain Field
Investing in yourself by taking continuing education courses, no matter what kind, is essential for personal and professional growth.  Hear from two supply chain experts who explain the benefits of life-long learning and earing their Certified Resource Materials Professional (CMRP) Certificate, and how you can do the same.
Presented by: Allen Archer, System Director - Supply Chain, Houston Healthcare and Lora Johnson, Director Supply Chain Operations - Acute Care, Covenant Health System

Alarm Fatigue and Supply Chain’s Role in Preventing It
Learn about how the significant number of clinical alarms have a numbing effect on nursing staff, to the point that patient safety is in jeopardy.  As this is happening at most hospitals around the country, supply chain has the ability to help slow the number of unnecessary alarms and increase the quality of patient care.
Presented by: Susan Turley, Director of Supply Chain Management, US Army Medical Department, Alaska

Visit http://learning.ahrmm.org/podcasts to access the podcasts.
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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.
Learn more about this upcoming webinar and register today!
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. 2016 Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture and Symposium
Improving Health Care Performance
Featured Speaker: Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; and Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

Register for the 2016 Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture and Symposium on April 6, 2016 at ASU’s Tempe campus for an illuminating discussion at 6:00 p.m., followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.
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4. Term of the Week
Pharmacogenomics (a blend of the words of pharmacology and genomics) is the study of the role of genetics in drug response. It deals with the influence of acquired and inherited genetic variation on drug response in patients by correlating gene expression with drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination, as well as drug receptor target effects. The term pharmacogenomics is often used interchangeably with pharmacogenetics.

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. C. difficile Infection Increases Hospital Costs by 40 Percent Per Case, Study Finds
Clostridium difficile (C. diff), one of the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), increases hospital costs by 40 percent per case and puts those infected at high risk for longer hospital stays and readmissions, according to a new study. Published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the study was conducted by Premier, Inc.

Visit Nasdaq for the report.
Source: HPN Daily Update – December 18, 2015
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6. Panel Issues Recommendations for Interoperable Health IT
The Health Information Technology Policy Committee on December 16 sent Congress recommendations to overcome technical, operational and financial barriers to interoperable health IT, as mandated by legislation last year. The report calls for developing and implementing health information exchange-sensitive measures for health outcomes, resource use and vendor performance and certification; and HIE-sensitive payment incentives that incorporate performance criteria and an implementation timeline for alternative payment models. In addition, the panel calls for the federal government and private sector to convene a summit of major stakeholders to create an action plan for building on the Office of the National Coordinator’s Interoperability Roadmap. The committee advises ONC on health IT policy.
Source: AHA News Now – December 17, 2015
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7. RFP Library: Member - Only Resource
The Request for Proposal (RFP) Library offers exclusive access to various RFPs that have been shared on the AHRMM Member ListServ or submitted via email to the ARHMM inbox.  This resource is an AHRMM member-only benefit and has been archived online for your continuous use and convenience.

Check out the AHRMM RFP Library.

If you have an RFP you wish to add to the RFP Library please send to ahrmm@aha.org.
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