AHVAP Monthly eNews
I hope you all ended the summer on a good note with some last-minute vacations and relaxation. Most of us are back to our routine schedules with the kids back in school again. Wow! How quickly the summer has ended, but the intense heat is still around, reminding us that Mother Earth is not very happy with us.
In a rapidly changing world, where industries are constantly evolving, standing out as a professional association has become a challenge. I recently had the opportunity to attend a nonprofit executive forum with leaders from nonprofits from across the globe. I left this forum feeling invigorated by all of the truly innovative work being done within AHVAP based on the leadership of our Board of Directors and Management Team. AHVAP is fortunate to be growing at a rapid pace when many other nonprofit organizations are experiencing significant declines in membership and engagement. 
In preparation for my Courage presentation during our upcoming conference, I am currently reading an enjoyable book by Ryan Holiday, “Courage is Calling.” In the chapter, “Call We Answer,” he tells in great detail the story of a very brave man in history, Charles de Gaulle. He speaks of the courage de Gaulle used to work with Churchill and France. He reflects on Churchill’s description of de Gaulle as “a man that cuts through the noise, he reminds us of what we signed up for.”
And just like that, summer is over! I hope you took time to unwind and recharge as we head into Fall. This is an exciting time as our Annual Conference and Industry Partner Expo is scheduled for September 25 – 28th at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. If you are coming to the conference, please make sure you download the WHOVA® app – instructions were sent to attendees by email from AHVAP HQ. It is a great way to interact with colleagues and build your network.
I am pleased to report the results of the recent Board of Directors election that concluded this past weekend.
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
As we wind down the 2023 Value Analysis Week celebration, I am excited to share with you an exciting new Position Statement that is now available for both AHVAP members and the general public: Defining Healthcare Value Analysis as a Specialty. This newly developed and released document was designed to help define our specialty to stakeholders across the continuum of care. We recommend that you broadly share this new document with your leadership team, human resources department, recruiting staff, and other internal stakeholders to educate them about our specialty. If you are not already board certified in healthcare value analysis, now is the time to seek your CVAHP™ certification and the AHVAP Certification Center's new micro-certifications. 
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the availability of a new enduring continuing education course available on the AHVAP University. You will need to log into the AHVAP website and then again to the AHVAP learning management system website to access the enduring program. 
We wanted to make you aware of a new continuing education program that is available in an enduring format on our AHVAP University Platform. This newest program, How Physicians, Clinicians, Supply Chain & Clinical Performance Transparency Support Cost Reductions, was led by Jennifer Donovan from Scripps Health. This recent presentation was given as part of the AHVAP Western Region August Huddle, and we wanted to make it available to the entire AHVAP membership. 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance, "Informed Consent: Guidance for IRBs, Clinical Investigators, and Sponsors."  This guidance is intended to assist institutional review boards (IRBs), clinical investigators, and sponsors involved in clinical investigations of FDA-regulated products in carrying out their responsibilities related to informed consent. 
AHVAP Spotlight
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals, Inc. (AHVAP) is pleased to share that Karen Niven, AHVAP's Board of Director's President-Elect, and Anne Marie Orlando, AHVAP’s Board of Director’s Treasurer, have been inducted as a Fellows of the American College of Health Data Management (HDM)
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.
Over the last few months, AHVAP HQ has been working diligently to build a new partnership to advance the professional development needs of our amazing AHVAP members. I am pleased to announce a new strategic relationship between AHVAP and The Management and Strategy Institute. This new relationship specifically supports Domain 1, Professional Development and Educational Enrichment, in our new Five-Year AHVAP Strategic Plan. Our goal is to provide world-class education and professional development for all AHVAP members so that we can continue to advance our specialty across the healthcare continuum of care. 
The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) is pleased to announce the release of our second EBOOK, Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 9 Steps To More Effective Communications, as a complimentary benefit of your AHVAP membership. 
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 Regular Registration will close on September 24, 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 (AHVAP) Certification Center is excited to announce the launch of our new LinkedIn Page that is dedicated specifically to healthcare value analysis credentialing. This page is open to all professionals involved in healthcare value analysis, regardless of current certification status. 
The AHVAP Certification Center is excited to release a new tool for those healthcare value analysis professionals and leaders who are interested in sitting for the Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP™) Board Certification. If you are interested in determining your eligibility for the certification exam, look no further than our new interactive, online tool. This tool will assist you with reviewing all our exam eligibility requirements. The exam is open to both healthcare professionals and industry partners that meet all eligibility requirements. 
Blue.Point LLC
Blue.Point LLC
Industry News and Developments
MIT Technology Review
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) released the results of a member survey to assess the severity of these shortages. Drug shortages are nothing new, but results from more than 1,000 pharmacists suggest that the current crisis is particularly concerning. More than 99% of respondents, nearly all of them pharmacists who work for hospitals or health systems, reported that they were facing drug shortages.
Drug Topics
After 10 years since initially becoming law, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will be fully implemented come November. Manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies must be ready to comply with federal regulations by that time, forgoing the patchwork of state requirements that have long been the industry standards.
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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It's all hands on deck for Hawaii's healthcare workers, who have mobilized in the aftermath of the Maui wildfires. Healthcare workers in Hawaii and elsewhere are heeding a call for help after the horrific wildfires that erupted Aug. 8 left thousands homeless and resulted in a death toll of more than 100 and growing. These needs are expected to grow in the weeks and months to come.
The newest federal court ruling on abortion pills is gaining attention for one judge’s unorthodox argument — one that equated anti-abortion activists to wildlife lovers. Judge James Ho of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, writing separately from his two colleagues on a three-judge panel, borrowed from environmental case law to contend that medical providers challenging abortion care suffer “aesthetic injury from the destruction of unborn life.”
Casco Manufacturing Solutions, Inc.
The Washington Post
Mount Sinai is among a group of elite hospitals pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into AI software and education, turning their institutions into laboratories for this technology. They’re buoyed by a growing body of scientific literature, such as a recent study finding AI readings of mammograms detected 20 percent more cases of breast cancer than radiologists — along with the conviction that AI is the future of medicine.
Healthcare Dive
There were fewer total healthcare data breaches reported in the first six months of 2023 than in the back half of 2022, however, the scale of individual breaches has gotten bigger, according to a recent report from cybersecurity firm Critical Insight. This year, 40 million people have been impacted by healthcare data breaches — the highest number the consultancy firm has observed since it began collecting data on breaches.

Please make sure that you update your contact information on the AHVAP website so that we can stay in touch. Here is our contact information so that you can always reach the most appropriate team member to assist you:

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AHVAP Executive Director, Dr. Hudson Garrett Jr.:

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

Dear AHVAP Members and Partners:

The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) Headquarters Offices will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of the Federal Holiday. AHVAP HQ's hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday excluding holidays. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, September 5. 

Thank you for your continued membership within AHVAP!