Deriving Benefit from ISO 9001:2015 Workshop for QMS users – September 24th, 2015

Trainer: James August, CMQ/OE, CQA. Quality Assurance Manager, CCL Industries Inc. James August is a quality professional with thirty years experience in commercial, industrial and military/aerospace manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook, a Masters in Materials Science from the same university and he completed postgraduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines. Currently, he is the Quality Assurance Manager for CCL Label Inc. in Robbinsville, NJ, where he is working on integrating ISO 9001, GMPs and Lean Manufacturing into a single business management system.
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Austin Quality Conference – November 6, 2015

Take a journey in excellence listening and learning about the latest in Quality with topics including Leadership, Malcolm Baldrige, ISO 9000:2015, FDA Inspections and Healthcare.

November 6, 2015 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel
6121 North IH 35 Austin, Texas

Register Here (early registration ending August 31st)

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Third Annual ASQ Innovation Division Conference


The successful conversion of new knowledge into new products and processes that deliver new customer value in the marketplace

If you’re curious about the Quality-Innovation connection and haven’t yet had a chance to explore this exciting area, you won’t want to miss an opportunity coming in September. The ASQ Innovation Division is hosting its Third Annual Innovation Conference Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at the Holiday Inn University Area and Conference Center in Charlottesville, VA.
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October Section Meeting – Update on ISO 9000

Due to the fact that ISO 9000 is the normative reference for ISO 9001:2015 and that there have been important additions and changes to terms in the standard, the US TAG (Technical Advisory Group) to ISO/TC176 has determined that it would be appropriate to share this information with the ASQ membership through one of its most effective communication venues: the sections. As the premier forum for quality matters the ASQ sections are well poised to bring information to their members from a reliable source (ASQ Quality Management Division’s Technical Committee on Standards and Compliance).
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September 2015 Meeting – The role of quality in the transition to Value Based Reimbursement in Healthcare

Many health care providers today receive a payment for each individual service they provide such as a physician visit, surgery, or blood test, and it matters to a lesser extent today whether these services directly improve the patient’s outcome. In other words, providers are paid primarily based on the volume of care they provide, rather than the value of care provided to patients. Emerging value-based reimbursement models increasingly require providers to prove that they’re meeting quality standards and benefitting patients while cutting costs. As a result, providers need actionable information to help them continually measure, monitor, and improve financial and quality performance. Furthermore, if they aren’t on track to meet quality standards, they need to be able to pinpoint root causes: Does performance differ by facility? Which providers are performing best and what can be learned from them?

To thrive in a value-based environment, health systems must develop the sophistication to understand their quality and cost structure in granular detail. Reducing every category of waste — e.g. waste that occurs when work isn’t standardized, waste that stems from unnecessary orders, waste that results from uncoordinated patient care — are all absolutely essential for improving margins.

Do these concepts seem familiar to you as a quality practitioner? If so, join us for a discussion of how quality professionals can support the transition to a value based reimbursement model in healthcare.
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2015 ASQ Metropolitan Legacy Award Presented to Dak Murthy

Photo Dak MurthyThe NY/NJ Metropolitan Section is pleased to announce the 2015 ASQ Metropolitan Legacy Award has been presented to Mr. Dak Murthy. Dak is a long time section member, past Section Chair and currently is serving as both a Volunteer-at-Large and as the Section’s Nomination Committee Chair. The the award was presented to Dak on Sunday, June 21st 2015.

ASQ Metropolitan Legacy Award is the highest ranking & most prestigious award for ASQ Metropolitan Section & is awarded annually.

2015 Walter Young Scholarship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Alex Wang the recipient of the 2015 Walter Young Scholarship!

Photo-Alex Wang

Brief Bio about Alex

After going to college to pursue software engineering, Alex discovered an interest in design and user experience. This summer, he is interning at GoDaddy, working on improving and standardizing the company’s UX across all products.

In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, exercising, and watching shows.

Alex is interested in constantly improving user experience in every aspect of life, and consistent quality is one of the most important aspects of it.

He plans on using the scholarship to continue pursuing his education.

Process and Quality Improvement Specialist – Vermont

Process and Quality Improvement Specialist (Value Performance Specialist) Link to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC)

Under the guidance of the Putnam Quality, Safety, and Value Director,, the Value Performance Specialist participates in and leads projects to design, develop, modify, and implement processes to improve quality, safety, and value. This position is also responsible for applying change management techniques, systems thinking methods, and targeted, data-driven problem solving skills to promote a deeper understanding of system failures and opportunities for improvement. The selected candidate will be an employee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center but will be based at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center located in Bennington, Vermont.
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