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November 15, 2018

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  • Physicians who have patient contact should have to get flu shot, most physicians say
  • American College of Surgeons workgroup releases new consensus-based recommendations to reduce firearm injury, death, disability
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  • Just in time for the holidays - win one of 5 $100 gift cards
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  • Distributor sales reps: Speak up!
  • Manufacturer News

  • Abbott launches new DRG Invisible Trial System
  • Provider Services News

  • Survey shows many health system pharmacies considering consolidated distribution models to address medication management challenges
  • Government News

  • HHS declares California wildfires a public health emergency
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Michigan system CEO resigns amid financial troubles, failed merger
  • Healthcare IT News

  • TECSYS acquires OrderDynamics Corp for $13.4M
  • GPO News

  • Actuated Medical Inc receives Innovative Technology contract from Vizient
  • Market Research
    Physicians who have patient contact should have to get flu shot, most physicians say
    A recent Medscape survey found that, when asked whether they thought physicians who come into contact with patients should be required to get an annual flu shot, 69% of physicians said “yes,” 21% said “no,” and 10% said “it depends.” Although vaccination rates have flattened among healthcare workers over the last several years, in 2016-17, these rates were highest among physicians (95.8%); nurse practitioners and physician assistants (92%); nurses (92.6%); and pharmacists (93.7%), according to the CDC. Rates were lowest among other clinical healthcare personnel (80%); assistants and aides (69.1%); and nonclinical healthcare personnel (73.7%).
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    American College of Surgeons workgroup releases new consensus-based recommendations to reduce firearm injury, death, disability
    The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) released its initial set of recommendations from its Firearm Strategy Team (FAST) Workgroup to move a path forward to the development of an effective and durable strategy for reducing firearm injury, death, and disability in the US. The recommendations are published online as an “article in press” on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website ahead of print publication.
    The article presents 13 recommendations from a workgroup of 22 surgeons (median experience of 28 years caring for trauma patients). These recommendations are put forth in an advisory capacity and include, “strategies and tactics to increase firearm safety, reduce the probability of mass shootings, reduce firearm-associated violence, address mental health factors, and encourage federally funded firearm injury research while preserving the right to own and use a firearm.”
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    From the Publisher
    Just in time for the holidays - win one of 5 $100 gift cards
    If you’re a distribution sales rep, please take this 5-minute survey and enter to win 1 of 5 $100 Amex gift cards. Gift cards will be awarded the first week of December.
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    Distributor sales reps: Speak up!
    We’ve got a few questions about what’s on your mind. Click here to go to our annual Rep Survey. We’ll report the findings in the January issue of Repertoire. Don’t worry: It’s short. Five minutes max. Do it now.
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    Manufacturer News
    Abbott launches new DRG Invisible Trial System
    Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) launched the new DRG Invisible Trial System, which is approved by the FDA and received CE Mark in Europe. People battling complex chronic pain conditions can now use the DRG Invisible Trial System to try Abbott's dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation. Patients who find adequate pain relief with DRG therapy can then have Abbott's Proclaim DRG system implanted, empowering them to manage their pain with familiar Apple consumer technology. Abbott's DRG Invisible Trial System allows for a minimally invasive evaluation period. During an outpatient procedure, thin wires are placed in the spinal column near the DRG and a small, external battery is hidden discreetly under clothes "invisible" to the public. For about a week, the patient uses an Apple iPod touch to manage their pain relief—changing the stimulation settings within prescribed limits to evaluate how DRG therapy targets their body's chronic pain symptoms. Earlier generation trial systems involved complex controllers connected to bulky programming cables, which were known to disrupt the trial experience and act as a barrier to effective therapy.
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    Provider Services News
    Survey shows many health system pharmacies considering consolidated distribution models to address medication management challenges
    Swisslog Healthcare, working with Visante Inc, surveyed pharmacy leaders from across the US. The survey revealed 13% of respondents currently operate a CSC and 48% are actively considering developing a CSC to improve inventory management and streamline procurement. The research revealed that centrally replenishing Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs) on patient floors and sterile compounding are the operations most commonly implemented by pharmacy at existing CSCs. To support these activities, IDNs have invested in pharmacy automation, including high adoption of carousel or robotic storage, pharmacy analytics, and inventory management software.
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    Government News
    HHS declares California wildfires a public health emergency
    HHS Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in California due to the wildfires raging through the state, which have thus far killed 50 people. Two hospitals and eight other healthcare facilities have been evacuated due to the fires. A smoke advisory was issued for portions of Los Angeles County. HHS will work with state authorities to aid emergency response and recovery activities. It has deployed regional emergency coordinators to assist state and local health authorities and emergency response officials.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Michigan system CEO resigns amid financial troubles, failed merger
    John Schon, CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System (Iron Mountain, MI) has resigned and will transition to a consulting role amid the system's organizational restructuring. DCHS leaders motioned to begin the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September, roughly one week after a sale deal with UP Health System (Marquette, MI) fell through. However, the system met with representatives from a law firm who said DCHS does not need to file for bankruptcy.
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    Healthcare IT News
    TECSYS acquires OrderDynamics Corp for $13.4M
    TECSYS Inc (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) acquired OrderDynamics Corporation (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada) a leader in out-of-the-box distributed order management software, for an aggregate purchase price of $13.4 million. The addition of OrderDynamics technology to the TECSYS suite also gives 3PL companies new opportunities to expand their current TECSYS distribution platform with often-requested functionality. In particular, 3PL companies are increasingly required to provide distributed order management and dynamic e-fulfillment capabilities to win new retail business, the company said.
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    GPO News
    Actuated Medical Inc receives Innovative Technology contract from Vizient
    Actuated Medical Inc (Bellefonte, PA) announced its TubeClear System received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient Inc (Irving, TX). The FDA-cleared TubeClear system uses patented mechanical motion technology to clear occlusions in most enteral access devices (EADs) while the EAD remains in the patient and works at bedside. The new multi-year contract for the TubeClear System began November 1, 2018.
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