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Posted By Administration, Monday, June 18, 2018
Updated: Monday, June 11, 2018

Chris Hannon Presents to the Healthcare Materials Management Society of New Jersey

Christopher Hannon, BS, MBA, MHA, Supervisor, Value Analysis Program, Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey and Chair of the AHVAPP Education Development Committee presented "Value Analysis: An Overview" at the Annual Half Day Meeting of the Healthcare Materials Management Society of NJ on May 9th at the Kenilworth Inn, Kenilworth NJ.  To hear Chris’ presentation, watch for information about registering for the AHVAP July 16th webinar.  Kudos to Chris for representing AHVAP and stepping up to educate Materials Management Professionals on Healthcare Value Analysis.  Well done!!

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2018 CVAHP Certification Renewal

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018

AHVAP Members that received their certification in 2015 will soon receive notice for renewal.  Certification Renewal FAQs from the handbook, available on-line are:

• Term is 3 years

• Educational Credits required for renewal = 45 hours

• Applicant is required to submit a record of completion of 45 hours of educational credits related to the VA field and/or professional development. Qualifying educational credits must be awarded by a professional crediting body.

• Preparation and presentation of an educational session will be awarded 10 hours of educational credits for each one-hour presentation. Presentations must be at least one hour to be eligible for educational credits. Applicant is required to submit date, time, location and an outline of the presentation. Page 19

• Authoring or being a co-contributor to an article related to the role or skills required of a Value Analysis professional and published in a state or national professional publication will be awarded 5 educational credits for each article. Applicant is required to submit an e-link to the article or include a copy of the article.

• No more than 20 educational credits awarded for presentations or authoring of an article will apply to the total (45) educational credits required for renewal.

• Recertification Fee

o Member $150

o Non-Member $250

The CVAHP Committee, led by Chair, Shannon Candio are working with Meagan Bowker on the renewal communication that will be sent later this year.

Education Documentation TIP

Sue Knapp, Past President advises the record of attendance at AHVAP Webinars and the Annual Conference should have been added to your profile.  To review your information or to add educational records from other sources, on the AHVAP Home Page,

·         select Manage Your Profile from the Members Only Drop-Down list

·         In the Content and Features section, Click on Professional Development

·         Review the credits recorded for completeness

·         Click on the green plus sign to Add record of attendance at other educational offerings to be included.

·         Print a copy of the record to be submitted for renewal.

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AHVAP Members Making a Splash

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018

Dee Donatelli added to Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership Board

Our Congratulations to member and Past President, Dee Donatelli , who has been appointed to the Bellwether League Inc. Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership.  The following is an excerpt from the article that appeared in the May 18th issue of HPN Daily.

Bellwether League Inc., the Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership welcomed a new executive to its Board of Directors that evaluate, validate and select professionals to be recognized and honored for their industry contributions, performance and vision, and two corporate sustaining sponsors at the highest level of support.

Dee Donatelli joins Bellwether League's Board to select Bellwether Class Honorees, Future Famers and Ammer-Level Supply Chain Organizations within the industry with a clear understanding of the Hall of Fame's impact on the profession and industry.

"Bellwether League's mission is to bring to light the efforts of influencers, innovators, pioneers and the risk takers that have helped and continue to mold the healthcare supply chain profession," Donatelli said. "There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers and designated a Bellwether.  The respect that Bellwether holds in the industry is the paramount recognition for professionals in supply chain.  The legacy Bellwethers leave in the healthcare field is worthy to record and to be recognized throughout generations to come."     

Donatelli currently serves as the principal of her own consulting practice that specializes in clinically integrating the supply chain among provider and supplier organizations. During her nearly 40-year career in healthcare operations as a nurse and supply chain executive, she focused on clinically integrated value analysis processes that involved physician collaboration using clinical evidence as the driver for effective cost management programs.

Prior to Dee Donatelli Consulting, LLC, Donatelli served as President and CEO of Mid-America Service Solutions, a Vizient Member Business Ventures network representing more than 250 acute care and 1,200 non-acute care facilities in a 10-state region. Her previous experience also includes supply chain consulting leadership roles in such organizations as Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Owens & Minor, VHA, Hayes Inc., Navigant Consulting and Vizient, as well as nursing and supply chain executive positions in hospitals.

Donatelli is a former president of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) where she helped to facilitate the creation of Value Analysis Certification. She also has been involved with the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), serving at the state-level for Kansas and on the national board. She has held certifications with both national organizations as well as Fellow Status. She has also been an active Editorial Advisory Board and contributor to Healthcare Purchasing News.

Donatelli was inducted into the Bellwether Class of 2015.

"Having been inducted as a Bellwether in [October] 2015 was certainly a highlight in my career," she reflected. "The privilege to serve on the Bellwether Board is a great responsibility and one that I take very seriously.  The recording and recognition of key contributors in our field is something that is important and serves as a historical reminder of the dedication and accomplishment that individuals have made in healthcare's supply chain. 

"As we continue to honor individuals for their achievements we have a significant responsibility to continue to enhance the value of healthcare's supply chain," Donatelli continued. "I believe that those Bellwethers past and future have an ongoing responsibility to network and continue to drive change and innovation in our field. As a new BOD member I hope to influence professionals in our industry to continue to work to achieve better and more cost-effective outcomes for the patients we serve and the industry we love."  

Bellwether League Board Chairman Nick Gaich expressed his admiration and respect for Donatelli's Board position.

"I am pleased and honored to welcome Dee Donatelli as a member of the Bellwether League Board of Directors," said Board Chairman Nick Gaich. "As a Bellwether honoree herself, inducted in the class of 2015, Dee brings a legacy of lifetime contributions, passion and commitment to advance the Bellwether mission as the preeminent organization for recognizing Supply Chain excellence among healthcare leaders and organizations.

"Bellwether League is fully committed to serve as the 'cornerstone destination' organization for recognizing supply chain excellence," Gaich continued. "The addition of Dee Donatelli as Board contributor will both strengthen and accelerate our efforts as we set sights on our next decade of service."

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AHVAP Commitee Updates

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018

Annual Conference Planning Committee
Co-Chairs: Susan Toomey and Wanda Lane

Our Conference Planning Committee is finalizing the speaker line-up and planning networking events.  Again this year, in addition to expanded educational opportunities including pre-conference offerings and a post-conference certification review session, there will be face to face meetings for each region, more opportunities to visit with the exhibitors, and fun networking events.

CVAHP (Certification) Committee
Chair: Shannon Candio

As we approach the renewal period for those who were first certified, committee members are focused on making the renewal process simple and convenient.  If you were were awarded a “Pioneer” certification, you will be receiving a renewal notice in a couple of months.

Educational Development Committee
Chair: Chris Hannon

The education committee will be submitting the application for Nursing CE’s for this year’s conference.  AHVAP will also recognize conference CE’s for renewal of CVAHP certification.  In collaboration with the Marketing Committee, we Chris will present a webinar on VA during Healthcare Value Analysis week and prepare brief talks to be available each day of the week.

Industry and Business Education Collaborative (IBEC)
Chairs: Barbara Strain and Gloria Graham

This Board-appointed committee assists with manages contracts AHVAP has with supplier representatives for the purpose of education.  We appreciate the time investment and support from these dedicated members.

Membership Committee
Chair: Susan Miller

The Committee is in the process of reviewing the annual member survey which tracks professional maturation of our AHVAP members. Results are reported at the annual conference during the business meeting.  Committee Members also follow up with members due to renew membership or whose membership may have laspsed.  They are committed to ensuring members are receiving a tangible value from their membership with AHVAP.

Marketing Committee
Chair: Jeffiny Shutts

The Marketing Committee promotes AHVAP and its activities on our website and on a variety of social sites. There have recently been review and revision to website navigation and development of industry contacts to promote AHVAP and Certification.  Committee Members have also been working on promotion of  celebration of Healthcare Value Analysis Week.

Past Presidents Committee
Chair: Sue Knapp

Committee members support AHVAP based on their lengthy association with the organization.  Throughout their years of service, they have been instrumental in molding AHVAP into the organization it has become today.  They are currently evaluating the opportunity to offer educational scholarships and capturing organizational practices in policies to strengthen the foundation of AHVAP. Committee Members continue to be active participants in Committees and in Leadership roles in the organization.

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President's Corner

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 11, 2018

Dear Colleagues-Thank you for your continued work in value analysis and your continued membership in AHVAP.  As we approach summer, I wanted to share with you some things we, your board are working on.

Our strategic plan is in place and we are working on several goals.  The strategic plan is posted on the web site (  Please take some time to read it; it is our roadmap for the future.

Value Analysis week is quickly approaching.  July 16 – July 20, 2018.  You will be seeing a flurry of activity on our social media sites in advance of our chosen week.  I encourage you to recognize your value analysis teams and colleagues for their many contributions to healthcare.  #IAmValueAnalysis

The annual conference registration is open, as is hotel registration.  Our theme this year is Healthcare Value Analysis Evolution.  We have an exciting line up of speakers and presentations.  Come and learn and share your experiences, and use this opportunity to connect with colleagues.  Oh, and maybe take a walk along the beautiful beaches of Clearwater.  I encourage you to register early, and reserve your hotel rooms as soon as possible.  We also have a new conference app to keep us all connected. 

As our conference is aptly titled, healthcare is evolving, and value analysis is part of that evolution.  Our ability to influence healthcare product and practice decisions based on cost, quality and outcomes is influencing and changing healthcare.  Don’t be afraid of the change…embrace it! 

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Charles Darwin

Have a safe and healthy summer.  I’m looking forward to connecting with you again this fall.

Best regards-

Robin Lane

AHVAP President

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Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Welcome Spring.  For many of our members, it’s been quite a long winter and we are happy to move into spring and then into summer. I’d like to share some important updates and information from the Board of Directors.

Management transition:
Our transition from Ewald to Capitol Hill Management is now complete.  We know there were some bumps in the road and we appreciate your patience as we worked thru the transition activities.

Strategic Plan:
Work was begun on a strategic plan last fall, prior to the start of the conference.  You may have been at the meeting where we introduced the topic and discussed the importance of having a plan or a guide for the organization.  I am happy to report that with the assistance of Meagan and Brian at Capitol Hill, the strategic plan has been completed and passed by the Board of Directors.  It will be posted on the web site and is available to review here - LINK.  A strategic plan is important as it guides the work of the board and keeps us moving in an organized fashion to meet the needs of the organization. The plan leads us thru 2020, and focuses on organizational activities this year, including leadership development and increasing AHVAP visibility; in 2019, the focus is on membership, and in 2020, projecting our organization into the national spotlight.  Please take a few minutes to review where we are going.

We are now live on a new platform for learning management.  When the CVAHP modules were created, they were intended to be presented in an interactive fashion, with video clips and question sessions, and allowed for the leaner to move along at their own pace.  When the platform was moved, some of the functionality was lost.  One of our members reached out to us for assistance with this and as a result, a new provider was identified, approved by the board, and the modules moved to the platform it was intended for.  This should significantly improve the usability of the modules and enhance learning for the certification candidates.

By Laws Amendment:
Members of the organization were asked to vote on an amendment to permit an affiliate level membership within the AHVAP organization, as well as further define the retiree role.  The amendment was overwhelmingly approved by the membership. A task force led by Sue Knapp, Immediate Past President has been created to work thru the operational issues and make recommendations to the board before we can launch the affiliate role.  When the operational issues have been addressed and approved by the board, a formal announcement outside of the organization will be made and affiliate members will be accepted into the organization. 

Work continues relative to operational goals, with focus on an organization that provides value to our members, supports education and sharing of knowledge, collaborates with other healthcare professionals, and provide a network of support for value analysis professionals across the country. 

I’d love to hear your feedback.  I can be reached by email at: or by phone at 412-973-3828. 

Best regards-

Robin Lane

Thank you for your dedication to Value Analysis and AHVAP.

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15th Annual AHVAP Education Conference & Supplier Showcase Call for Presentations

Posted By Administration, Monday, February 5, 2018
October 17-19, 2018 Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa Clearwater Beach, Florida Abstract Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018 Submit your Abstract Now! If you or a colleague have special interests, expertise or new and innovative approaches to the practice of Healthcare Value Analysis, please take this opportunity to submit a presentation proposal, or encourage others to do so. We are looking for concurrent session presentations that are 30 or 60 minutes in length. Abstracts that do not meet the following criteria will not be reviewed. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online form. All segments of the form must be completed. Submissions will be considered by the AHVAP Conference Planning Committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent in May. The following criteria are used to evaluate all abstracts: Originality of work Relevance or interest to AHVAP members Quality, clarity and completeness of the abstract Abstracts focusing on research findings will be evaluated on their potential significance to the discipline, soundness of the methodology, any empirical, data-based results and rigor Abstracts covering research on current policy issues will be evaluated according to the soundness of the research method and the potential contribution to policy discussion

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Winter 2017 President's Message

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 26, 2018
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 is here and my term as 2017 President has ended.  Where did the time go?  It seems like yesterday I was just getting up and running and now it is over.  What a year it was!  Goodness the things we accomplished together this year.  I am going to start at the beginning of 2017. Let’s see if I can remember everything.


Committee Work

All the committees have all been busy this year and they are all dedicated to you, the member.  They strive to provide tools and resources that will help you grow both personally and professionally.  The committee chairs, co-chairs and members have worked very hard to bring meaningful progress to the work that AHVAP performs.

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee led by chair Jeffiny Shutts and vice-chair Laura Polson was quite busy working on a number of initiatives.  They sought out members to write articles published in OR Management/General Surgery News magazines.  A white paper titled “Understanding the Importance of Value Analysis Committees and Educating the C-Suite” was written and is now posted on our website under Member Central in the resource library  Also on the website you will find AHVAP merchandise that you can purchase from our new Land’s End storefront

Another accomplishment this year was the launch of the Preceptor-Protégé Program whereby new professionals to Value Analysis are mentored by seasoned VA professionals for guidance, sharing and networking.  When you are new to something, every little bit of support helps. (Some days I still feel new to my position!)  To date, we have had nine protégés take advantage of the program.

Value Analysis Week had its inaugural kick-off and was established this year for the third week of July.  There will be much more information on celebrating this week with your colleagues forthcoming later this spring.  A Speakers Directory is available on the website if you need an expert to do a presentation for an event.  That is just some of what marketing has accomplished this year. 

Educational Development Committee

The Educational Development Committee has reorganized the members’ Resource Library so you can find past webinars, articles, VA tools and forms more easily.  There were several webinars presented throughout the year and the recordings are all available in the library as well.  Check it out!  Chris Hannon has been leading the charge as the chair of this committee and has plans for more educational offerings for members this coming year.

Membership Committee

Membership has been working with the Past Presidents’ Committee on membership levels and criteria in an effort to be more inclusive of those within the ever-growing VA profession, as well as our members who go onto to other positions. They also developed a satisfaction survey that is disseminated to new members 6 months into their membership.   The information gathered from this survey helps us learn if we are meeting your needs and what programs are important to you.  Susan Miller and Kim Hilliard co-chair this committee with an eye on recruitment and retention.  The Membership Committee will also circulate and manage the biennial Maturation Survey. More on that coming in 2018.  

Industry and Business Education Collaborative

Several suppliers and organizations signed IBEC agreements with AHVAP whereby there is reciprocal sharing of educational resource, such as speakers, white papers, webinar services.   Barbara Strain and Gloria Graham manage this endeavor and they and other AHVAP members are often called upon to speak to associations and healthcare suppliers on the concepts of value analysis.

Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional® Committee

There were some challenges this year with the hosting of the certification review course but that is currently resolved and there should have been little to no disruption in availability of the course which is accessed through our website.  A short, two hour review course in a game format was offered after the annual conference this past October and the room was full.  22 of your peers participated in that review course given by Shannon Candio and Melanie Miller and it was very well received.  There will be plans to do that again.  Cheri Berri Lesh has led this committee from the beginning of our journey in creating the certification exam and process.  She will be handing the reigns over to Shannon Candio for 2018.   Thank you. Cheri!  The CVAHP Committee recently requested volunteers to work on taskforces that would review the content and questions to update the exam in the near future.  There are over 70 professionals who have received their Certified Value Analysis Healthcare Professional certification to date. 

Annual Conference Committee

The annual conference was the biggest and best thus far!  Melanie Miller and Sue Toomey did an outstanding job as co-chairs of this committee.  We had dynamic speakers, great networking opportunities, and support from our suppliers all at a wonderful hotel and conference center.  Everything went well and I can’t thank the conference committee enough.  From the food to the CE application to speaker selection they did a fabulous job.  We had many first timers who were very pleased and excited about the conference and the opportunity to meet other professionals.  I know I met some awesome new people at the conference.  The next conference is October 17-19, 2018 in Clearwater, Florida.  Start planning now. You won’t want to miss it! Great topics, sunshine, beach, old and new friends – what more could you ask for???

Past-Presidents Committee

This committee supports the organization and mentors each new Board member.  The Past Presidents serve on the Nominations Committee and provide historical knowledge and perspective.  This year Gloria Graham led an initiative to create recognition letters to be sent to the senior leadership of outgoing Board members and Committee Chairs acknowledging their contributions and commitment to AVHAP.  Establishing scholarships and awards is on the to-do list for this committee for 2018.

Board Work

The Regional Directors are each charged with coordinating a webinar. We had some outstanding webinars this year. The December webinar on Clinical-Supply Integration with Dr. Martin Lucenti from Vizient was particularly well attended.  All our webinars are available to you under the Member Central tab of the website

The Northeast Region had a face-to-face conference in Philadelphia in March.  It was attended by over 30 members and VA professionals and it was very well received.  It was a comfortable small group with great presentations and social networking.  Everyone enjoyed it.  We are planning to continue having Regional Meetings as we can feasibly provide them. The members from each region also met in groups at the annual conference and that was also well received. 

Establishing roles and responsibilities for each Board Member and Committee Chair is one of the Board’s accomplishments in 2017.  Having the roles clearly defined helps new Board members understand their positions. There were some time challenges for a few of the Board members.  Shannon Hicks had to step down from Treasurer earlier this year but still plans future involvement with AHVAP.  Sue Toomey was Treasurer for 2015-2016 and is able to complete the term for Shannon for 2017-2018. Thank you, Sue Toomey!  Beth Fuller also had to step down from the Secretary position in the fall of this year.  That positon was left unfilled until recent elections determined the 2018 Secretary. 

The big news is that AHVAP has hired a new association management firm, Capitol Hill Management Services.  Being the Value Analysis professionals we are, a taskforce developed and issued a RFP for management services in February so we could review our current and potential services.  Our current management firm, Ewald Consulting Group, has been with us for many years helping us establish bank accounts, bylaws, budgets and protocols, as well as growing our conferences and marketing ourselves.  The list goes on. 

Thank you to the Ewald Team: Laurie, Lisa, Bonnie, Kate-Madonna, Nikki and others for helping AHVAP become a nationally recognized association.  The Board and Committees are looking forward to working with Capitol Hill Management Services to continue to grow the association and bring even more value to you, the members. (Shout out to Barbara Strain who did a lot of work on organizing this RFP!)

Finally I want to say ‘Thank You’ to all the Board members, Committee Chairs and the AHVAP members who supported me throughout this year.  This has been one of the most fulfilling years of my professional life. There are so many people to thank for having my back and keeping me on the straight and narrow:  Gloria, Sue T, Robin, Melanie, Beth, Laura, Wanda, Cheri, Jane, Barbara, Jeffiny, Susan M, Kim, Chris, Shannon C and Shannon H, Laurie and Lisa.  I certainly couldn’t have done this without you all.  You have all made me a part of the AVHAP family and I treasure each and every one of you.  I learn something new from you every day – I really do!

Lastly, I want to welcome our new board members, and hand the reigns over to Robin Lane, who will do a phenomenal job for us in 2018!

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Show Me the Way

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 26, 2018
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Show Me the Way…

When I moved from my role as a Clinical Department Head to Director of Materials Management, I felt like a fish out of water.  I had a lot to learn about distribution and contracting.  This knowledge deficit was compounded when I moved into the role of the System Director for Value Analysis.  I needed to know how to evaluate evidence, conduct a cost analysis, capture and report savings, and develop policies and procedures to support the application of the value analysis process.  I needed to put into place job descriptions for roles to support the new VA approach and prepare PowerPoint presentations to explain the principles of VA and report on VA activities. I wanted to network with experienced VA professionals and learn from them. That’s when stumbled on to a VA chat group that eventually evolved into AHVAP. They shared templates for documenting cost comparisons and capturing savings and provided practical advice for dealing with the challenges I was encountering in my new role.  If you are looking for this kind of information, it is available to you today at MEMBER CENTRAL on the AHVAP webpage , allow me to Show you the way…


Need input, direction, ideas? Post your questions, requests and replies on AHVAP CHAT.  This is a great resource for information about products, evaluations, policies, procedures and all things Value Analysis.  The instructions for submitting a request or opening a chat topic are on the page AND new members are automatically signed up to receive notices of posts.  If you have not established a broad VA resource network, this is a great way to potentially get feedback from more than 360 peers.  The key, though, is FEEDBACK. You are welcome to submit a CHAT topic, but to receive an answer, we need members to reply. Members report feeling frustrated and discouraged when they do not receive any responses. 
Check it out!

Resource Library

There is a goldmine of information in the Resource Library! Members of the Education Committee have been hard at work organizing the information on this page.  Just log on to for information on Contracting, Workflow/Process, Training Tools to Defective Product Forms, Evaluation and Trial Forms, New Product Requests, Policies, Purchase Request Forms, Decision Grids, RFI/RFP’s and PowerPoints about Value Analysis.  As an AHVAP member, this information is available to you.  Don’t “re-invent the wheel”, take advantage of this resource!

Webinars and Podcasts

AHVAP members can also access timely podcasts and view past Webinars.

There is something for everyone.  Log on.  Take a look.  Be amazed!

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Announcing AHVAP's New Speaker Directory

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

AHVAP is announcing a new online Speaker Directory, now available for your use.

You can visit the directory here:

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