AHVAP Monthly eNews
Hard to believe it is June and summertime already! Children and grandchildren are ending the school year, and I hope you have time to plan a few fun family vacations. AHVAP has been in full growth mode, working hard making enhancements to our member benefits, hosting regional huddles, micro-certification courses, professional development webinars with our industry partners, and preparing for our upcoming annual conference and industry partner expo. I hope you had a chance to submit one of your successful poster projects that included process improvement initiatives or clinically integrated supply chain accomplishments to our annual conference committee during our call for poster presentations that concluded this past month.
In these tumultuous times, the ability to lead through chaos is an invaluable skill. As healthcare professionals, we face an ever-changing landscape that demands adaptability, resilience, and unwavering commitment to advancing the specialty of value analysis. In this article, we explore the value of leading through chaos and the importance of remaining steady in our pursuit of excellence.
I recently received a gift from a friend, In Fear is my Homeboy. What a special gift from a special friend and one that is so personal for me right now. As you have read my articles over the last several months, you have noticed my interest in “courage and bravery” in both my personal and professional lives. In this book, Judi Holler shares many strategies for turning fear into courage and bravery and demonstrates how you can then use that shift from fear as your “secret weapon.”
This past weekend, the weather in NH was beautiful, and I was finally able to finish planting my tomato and pepper starts into my raised garden beds. After gardening for many years, this was my first year starting from seed. It was quite unnerving because I always thought of seedlings as delicate. I nurtured them for many weeks by ensuring they were watered, fertilized, received adequate amounts of light, and even a gentle breeze. I ensured their environment was well-controlled. Then, a week prior to planting them in the garden, I took them outside to get acclimated to the stronger light, the stronger wind and lower temps. I was worried. Outside conditions are not as controlled ─ there are so many variables.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce that two of our AHVAP Board Officers have been nominated for induction into the National Academies of Practice. Anne Marie Orlando, our Board Treasurer, and Karen Niven, our President-Elect, have both been nominated for this prestigious honor.
Build a more resilient supply chain
ECRI Institute®
Ongoing shortages of critical medical devices highlight problems with the current “just in time” global supply chain model and the impact of local inventory on patient care. Building a resilient supply chain addresses these issues. To be successful, leaders need expert advice on how to navigate out-of-stock situations, evaluate and minimize category risk, and diversify for resiliency, which will ultimately drive an HRO model.
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AHVAP Education
At the request of the US Department of Homeland Security, AHVAP is sharing this Joint Cybersecurity Advisory with you immediately. The United States and international cybersecurity authorities are issuing this joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) to highlight a recently discovered cluster of activity of interest associated with a People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-sponsored cyber actor, also known as Volt Typhoon. Private sector partners have identified that this activity affects networks across U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, and the authoring agencies believe the actor could apply the same techniques against these and other sectors worldwide. 

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the launch of our revised Learning Management System, which is now branded as AHVAP University. Our amazing members are delivering on the promises of improving healthcare value and safety across the entire continuum of care on a daily basis. As such, this rebranding of our Learning Management System reflects a more comprehensive approach to our expanded partnerships across healthcare as a professional Association. 

This Learning Management Platform houses several key educational resources including: 

  • Enduring webinars (January 2023-Present webinars have dual accreditation for CVAHP recertification and nursing continuing education
  • On-Demand CVAHP Board-Certification Review Course
  • AHVAP Podcasts
  • AHVAP Member Resources Office Hours
  • More Coming Soon

Multiple changes have been made to the platform to make it easy to search for previous educational programs. We will continue to make enhancements to the platform as we add more content over the coming months. AHVAP University is a member's only benefit included in your AHVAP Membership. AHVAP is continuously adding additional value to your membership every week.

As a reminder, for AHVAP Membership-related questions, please contact our dedicated Help Desk Email: info@ahvap.org

Thank you for your continued membership within AHVAP!

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is always adding new membership benefits, and this week, we are pleased to add yet another new member's only benefit: Access to our Two-Hour Real-Time Leadership Mini-Certificate Program at no additional charge as part of your existing membership. This program is built on a New York Times Best Selling text, Real-Time Leadership by David Noble, and will review the MOVE Framework and how we can apply this to the complexities of today's dynamic healthcare environment.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is pleased to announce our first student member and inaugural recipient of the Niven Scholarship for Academic AdvancementAaron Miller, MHI, MSc from the University of Toronto. Aaron has been embedded with a healthcare value analysis team since the beginning of the pandemic as part of his doctoral studies. 
AHVAP Spotlight

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to share our 2023 Holiday Schedule for the remainder of this calendar year. This calendar is also available on our Contact Us page of the AHVAP website. The AHVAP Headquarters Offices will be closed on the following federal holidays: 

  • May 29: Memorial Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • September 4: Labor Day
  • October 9: Columbus Day
  • November 10: Veteran's Day
  • November 23: Thanksgiving Day
  • November 24: Thanksgiving Observance
  • December 24, 2023-January 2, 2024: Christmas Holidays and New Year's Holiday

AHVAP HQ's hours of operations are from 9 am-5 pm ET, Monday-Friday excluding holidays.

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the launch of the new AHVAP Career Center. This new resource can be used by job seekers and employers alike. We encourage our AHVAP members to upload your resume to the portal and take advantage of this complimentary job-seeker service. Employers can post jobs for up to 90 days and take advantage of special bundle discounts. 

Dear AHVAP Members and Partners:

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) May Member Resource Office Hours recording is now posted in AHVAP University for 24/7 access. 

Make sure to mark your calendar for the June Session and secure your seat today: 

June 29, 2023
4-5 pm ET

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the availability of a new career coaching service to include a resume/CV and social media coaching service. If you are currently seeking a new professional opportunity or simply want to update your professional presence, this is the service for you.
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
C Change Surgical
Annual Conference Update
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) 2023 Annual Conference and Industry Partner Expo Early Registration will close soon, so register today! The AHVAP Conference Committee, Executive Team, and the Board of Directors have carefully reviewed feedback from our 2022 Conference attendees, vendor partners, and other stakeholders. Based on this feedback, AHVAP has heard your requests and is excited to act on many of the items on your wish list! For the past month, the AHVAP Executive Team has worked diligently in sourcing the best possible venue for our healthcare and industry attendees.
Healthcare Supply Chain Resilience White Paper
ECRI Institute®
Supply chain resilience is defined as the capacity to prepare for unanticipated issues, manage disruptions, and recover, all while maintaining the stability of operations. ECRI’s White Paper identifies solutions that organizations can implement to build strength within their supply chain now to be better prepared for the next challenge.                       
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AHVAP Certification Center News
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new online certification verification service for those healthcare professionals that hold a valid Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP™) Certification. In partnership with our digital badging partner, Credly, this new credential directory is now LIVE on our website. This new credential verification portal is available to the general public.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) Certification Center is hosting the June Certification Office Hours on June 27 from 4-5 pm ET.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) Certification Center in collaboration with the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals is hosting a special continuing education webinar on June 13 from 2-3 pm ET to celebrate The Truth About Professional Credentialing in Value Analysis: A Certification Journey. During this educational presentation, our expert faculty will review the importance of credentialing in our specialty and discuss new innovations in the field of healthcare credentialing related to certification and certificate programs.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce that registration for Cohort #2 of our micro-certification program on Medical Device Safety is NOW OPEN. This innovative micro-certification program is the first of its kind in the medical industry and has been developed with input from both the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Certification Center is pleased to announce the availability of Cohort #2 of our live mini-certification program on TeamSTEPPS. The upcoming TeamSTEPPS training series that will equip you with the skills you need to improve teamwork and communication in your workplace. TeamSTEPPS is an evidence-based teamwork system that has been proven to enhance patient safety and quality of care. By focusing on communication, leadership, and situational awareness, TeamSTEPPS helps healthcare teams work together more effectively and efficiently.
Blue.Point LLC
Blue.Point LLC
Industry News and Developments
Supply Chain Brain
For the average consumer, supply disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past three years were a matter of mere inconvenience. That wasn’t the case with medical device manufacturers, for whom the stakes were dramatically higher. The medical device category covers everything from 10-cent bandages to seven-figure MRI machines. At the lower-price end, doctors and nurses were forced to wear the same masks for five days straight, duct taping them after they tore.
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
Rural hospital executives acknowledge that it’s difficult to attract clinicians and other critical workers who may prefer to live in more urban settings. It also becomes more challenging to bring workers from minority communities to areas where most of the residents are white.
Value-based care doesn’t stop at discharge
Molnlycke Health Care®
As the healthcare industry embraces a value-based care model, it’s time for Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) to reimagine patient transitions throughout the continuum of care. Lack of
standardization between acute and post-acute care creates opportunity for failure points and worsened patient outcomes. By promoting communication, coordination, and consistency of care in each step of the patient journey, IDNs can maximize total value and achieve improved outcomes across the board.
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In recent years, there has been a huge demand for enhancing supply chain efficiency within the healthcare industry to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. This involves initiatives to streamline processes, optimize inventory management, and utilize data analytics to gain deeper insights into patient and provider requirements.
Revcycle Intelligence
There is mounting concern among some US lawmakers about the nation’s ongoing shortage of health-care workers, and the leaders of historically Black medical schools are calling for more funding to train a more diverse workforce. As of Monday, in areas where a health workforce shortage has been identified, the United States needs more than 17,000 additional primary care practitioners, 12,000 dental health practitioners and 8,200 mental health practitioners, according to data from the Health Resources & Services Administration.
Pegasus Medical Concepts
Fierce Healthcare
Millions of Americans in the past few years have run into this experience: filing a health care insurance claim that once might have been paid immediately but instead is just as quickly denied. If the experience and the insurer’s explanation often seem arbitrary and absurd, that might be because companies appear increasingly likely to employ computer algorithms or people with little relevant experience to issue rapid-fire denials of claims—sometimes bundles at a time—without reviewing the patient’s medical chart.
The New York Times
Thousands of patients are facing delays in getting treatments for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, with drug shortages in the United States approaching record levels. Hospitals are scouring shelves for supplies of a drug that reverses lead poisoning and for a sterile fluid needed to stop the heart for bypass surgery. Some antibiotics are still scarce following the winter flu season when doctors and patients frantically chased medicines for ailments like strep throat.

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Thank you for your continued membership in the premier healthcare value analysis association!