December 29, 2015
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1. 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 2016 and beyond!

Make 2016 the year to reach your professional goals — be they achieving the CMRP designation, landing a new job, or building upon your current skill set — check out all that AHRMM has to offer to help you succeed in the healthcare supply chain field!

Please note that the AHRMM office will close at 3 pm Central Time on Thursday, December 31, and will be closed in observance of the New Year Holiday on Friday, January 1.
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2. Report from the December 2015 AHRMM Board Meeting Is Now Available
The AHRMM Board Meeting Overview Report from December 3-4, 2015, is now available in the Leadership section on the AHRMM website. The report, compiled after each board meeting, is intended to keep members, chapter leaders, and collaborators informed about the work of the AHRMM Board.
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3. AHRMM Honors Outgoing Board Members
As another successful year draws to a close, AHRMM would like to express thanks 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 three 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. We wish them many more personal and professional achievements and hope that they stay connected to AHRMM for many years to come.

Immediate Past Chair
Christopher J. O’Connor, CMRP, FACHE, FAHRMM
President, Nexera, Inc.
President, GNYHA Services, Inc.
New York, NY

Brent T. Johnson, MBA
President & CEO
Amerinet Inc.
St. Louis, MO

Vice President, Supply Chain Management
NYU Langone Medical Center
New York, NY
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4. AHRMM Members Receive Discount to Attend HIMSS16 Annual Conference & Exhibition
HIMSS16, February 29 – March 4, 2016, at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, will bring together more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference.

As AHRMM is an official Endorser of HIMSS16, our members are eligible to receive the member discount to attend! To receive the discount, visit the conference website and select “ Register Now.” Select AHRMM from the “Conference Endorsing Organizations” drop down in the registration process, and enter your membership number.
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5. Webinar: 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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6. Term of the Week
Common Clinical Data Set (CCDS). The CCDS is required to be included in a patient's summary of care documents and is expected to result in improved exchange, recording, and access to patient's information including the identification of their implantable devices using UDIs. These regulations are expected to go into effect during the spring of 2016 and will create a new source of information to improve patient and clinician decision-making because it will give providers access to information about their patients' implantable devices.

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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7. CDC Year in Review: What's Next?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has made significant strides combatting some of the biggest threats to Americans' health, including infectious and chronic diseases. In 2015, CDC helped lead global efforts to slow Ebola transmissions in West Africa and make major progress in preventing future outbreaks. Rates of adult cigarette smoking reached an all-time low, and healthcare industries across the country made commitments to combat antibiotic resistance.

In 2016, one CDC focus is reversing the number of deaths from infections resistant to antibiotics. At least 23,000 Americans died from these largely preventable infections in 2015. CDC also will continue to find ways to prevent deaths from prescription drug abuse - which has claimed the lives of more than 160,000 Americans over the past decade. And, because smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., CDC remains on the frontlines in the fight to help Americans quit and not start.

In 2015, CDC partnered with other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies and private industry to launch an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone and vaccinated more than 8,000 participants. In the United States, HHS, with CDC support, has invested nearly $340 million to enhance state and local and health care system preparedness for Ebola, including the designation and funding of a robust healthcare network of more than 55 local and regional assessment and treatment centers. In 2016, CDC is setting up permanent offices in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help the most affected West African countries effectively detect and respond to future outbreaks.

In 2015 the White House released the National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics, and the CDC took part in the first White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. In 2016, CDC will accelerate these activities and release a report that details progress in prescribing practices in human medicine. CDC also plans to debut the Antibiotic Patient Safety Atlas, an interactive web platform with open access to antibiotic resistance data.

This year, the advancement of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was marked by a 30-country commitment to achieve the targets of the GHSA. In 2016 the U.S. will establish a five-year roadmap to help us reach those targets. This plan is needed to ensure all countries have the ability to find, stop and prevent infectious diseases - to protect those in their community and prevent spread to the rest of the world.

The 2015 "Tips from Former Smokers" campaign demonstrated that hard-hitting ads featuring the struggles of former smokers can make a real impact.

The prescription drug overdose epidemic continues to grip the nation, making this issue a top priority for CDC and all of HHS. In 2015 the agency launched the Prevention for States program that gives qualifying states the tools they need to detect and prevent opioid deaths. In 2016, CDC plans to release opioid prescribing guidelines for primary care providers and expand the Prevention for States program to all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Lab safety improvements at CDC remained a critical area and saw much progress in 2015, including establishing the new Office of the Associate Director for Laboratory Science and Safety and welcoming the inaugural class of Laboratory Leadership Service fellows.

As 2015 comes to a close, the agency reflects on the lessons learned over the past year, and is committed to helping make 2016 the nation's healthiest year yet.  

Visit CDC for the report.

Source: HPN Daily Update - December 29, 2015
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8. Class I Recall: Perseus A500 Anesthesia Workstation by Draeger
Draeger is recalling the Perseus A500 anesthesia workstation because a faulty power switch may fail, causing the workstation to alarm and shut down unexpectedly. If this occurs, ventilation may fail and the patient may not receive either anesthesia or enough oxygen. This could cause patients to suffer serious adverse health consequences, including injury or death.

Visit FDA for the full recall.

Source: HPN Daily Update - December 29, 2015
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9. FDA Safety Communication: FUJIFILM Medical Systems Validates Revised Reprocessing Instructions
FUJIFILM Medical Systems, U.S.A., Inc. (Fuji) issued revised, validated manual reprocessing instructions for the ED-530XT duodenoscope to replace those provided in the original device labeling. The FDA reviewed the revised reprocessing instructions and the validation data and determined they meet the Agency's expectations.

FDA recommends that facilities using Fuji's ED-530XT duodenoscope train staff on the new instructions and implement them as soon as possible.

Visit the FDA for the alert.

Source: HPN Daily Update - December 28, 2015
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10. CMS Releases Medicare Drug Spending Dashboard
Forty drugs accounted for 71 percent of Medicare spending for drugs administered in physician and hospital outpatient settings last year, according to a dashboard released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Five of the drugs accounted for more than $1 billion each in Part B spending, CMS said. The dashboard looks at Part B and D drugs with the highest cost, cost increase, or spending per user in 2014. The largest increase in average cost per unit was more than 500 percent. “The drugs included in the dashboard are likely to have an impact on spending and should spur public discussion of how these products are affecting the Medicare program,” wrote CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan. Comments and feedback on the dashboard may be sent to druglistinput@cms.hhs.gov. CMS plans to release similar data for Medicaid next year.

Source: AHA News Now - December 23, 2015
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11. Jump Start Your Career in 2016
Connect with the mentor who has a skill or knowledge in an area you’ve identified as key to your career development. Get assistance with career planning, discuss a particularly challenging work issue, develop real solutions, and uncover missing tools and resources. Effective mentor/mentee relationships are being formed every day through the AHRMM Mentor Program. Why wait?

Mentor relationships are established for six months at a time. The specific goals and amount of time needed to participate in the program can vary by individual. The program is flexible enough for you to customize the experience to exactly what you would like. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to network with and learn from the leaders of the healthcare supply chain field. The program is FREE and only available to AHRMM Members!
Give it a try today at www.ahrmm.org/Mentor.
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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 3,900 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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