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Happy New Year from AHRMM!
We wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year! Together, with your continued support, we will take healthcare supply chain to the next level in 2017 and beyond!
Make 2017 the year to reach your professional goals — achieving the CMRP designation, landing a new job, or continuing to build on your professional education — take advantage of all the resources AHRMM has to offer to help you succeed in the healthcare supply chain field.
Please note that the AHRMM office will be closed in observance of the New Year Holiday on Friday, December 30, and on Monday, January 2.
AHRMM Honors Outgoing Board Members 
As another successful year draws to a close, AHRMM would like to express our gratitude to the outgoing members of the Board of Directors whose terms are ending in December. It takes a great deal of time and commitment to serve on the AHRMM Board of Directors, and these Board members have demonstrated exceptional skills, expertise, and dedication.
AHRMM salutes the following outgoing Board members for their tremendous service and years of dedicating time and resources for the betterment of AHRMM, its members, and the field of healthcare supply chain.
Immediate Past Chair
Brent Petty, CMRP
Executive Industry Consultant - Healthcare,Lexmark International, Inc., Bristol, VA
Dottie Leway, CMRP
Vice President of National Accounts, LSL Industries, Inc., Chicago, IL

Larry Foye, CMRP
Director Materials Management, Conway Medical Center, Conway, SC
Becky Mashmann
Health Care System Purchasing Manager, UNC Health Care System, Purchasing Department, Durham, NC
Term of the Month 
Alternative Payment Methods (APM) supports physicians who choose to adopt new payment and delivery models approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Participation in these new models is entirely voluntary. Physicians who choose to be paid under eligible APMs are exempt from participating in MIPS.
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.
AHA Report Looks at Role of Health System Leaders in Improving Community Health
A new AHA report examines how five diverse health systems are working with stakeholders to improve the health of the communities they serve, offering guidance for governing boards and leaders at other nonprofit health systems committed to improving community health. “America’s health system is changing, with a move from fee-for-volume to fee-for-value,” the authors note. “To deliver on that promise, one powerful option is adopting the ‘Triple Aim’ of increasing the quality and experience of patient care, reducing per capita health care expenditures, and improving the health of America’s population. Pursuing these aims requires not only a continuous focus on improving care for patients, but also paying explicit attention to the health status of our communities. This latter focus will require collaborative, multi-sector efforts that address the full array of factors affecting the health of individuals, families and communities.”
Source: AHA News Now – December 21, 2016
HHS Finalizes New Medicare Alternative Payment Models to Reward Better Care at Lower Cost
The Department of Health & Human Services finalized new Medicare alternative payment models that continue the Administration's progress in reforming how the healthcare system pays for care. These new approaches will shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating incentives for hospitals and clinicians to work together to avoid complications, avoid preventable hospital readmissions, and speed patient recovery. The final rule can be viewed here. For more information on the models, please visit CMS.
Source: HPN Daily Update - December 21, 201
ONC Issues Final 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released its final 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory, an updated list and assessment of the standards and implementation specifications available to meet clinical health IT interoperability needs. “The ISA is a key step toward achieving the goals we have outlined with our public and private sector partners in the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, as well as the Interoperability Pledge announced earlier this year,” said Vindell Washington, M.D., national coordinator for health IT. “We incorporated detailed stakeholder feedback to provide a consolidated, public list of standards and specifications that can be put to use to address clinical, public health, and research needs for sharing electronic health information.” The ISA is a non-binding document, but the standards and implementation specifications may be considered for rulemaking or other federal requirements.
Source: AHA News Now – December 21, 2016
AHA Releases Members-Only HAC Penalty Calculator
The AHA has released its hospital-acquired condition penalty calculator for fiscal year 2017. The calculator uses HAC scores for FY 2017 that were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Source: AHA News Now - December 20, 2016
New AHRMM Member Benefit in 2017
Starting in January 2017, all live and on-demand webinars will be included in your AHRMM membership! AHRMM members will also have access to four free hours of research done by the AHA Resource Center to gain access to quality healthcare information. Contact ahrmm@aha.org for more information.
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