FDA approves drug imports, CMS certain blanket waivers after hurricanes

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Baxter Healthcare Corp., in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, has agreed to temporarily import certain intravenous drug products, such as sodium chloride, from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Australia to address shortages of critical drug products after Hurricane... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, Medicare, disaster readiness

California wildfires force two hospitals to evacuate

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At least two hospitals evacuated patients yesterday due to the wildfires in northern California. Kaiser Permanente transported about 130 patients from Santa Rosa Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and other area hospitals. The Santa Rosa hospital was not damaged but was closed, with scheduled... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

HHS grants four Gulf states waivers due to Hurricane Nate

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Don Wright, M.D., yesterday declared public health emergencies in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to Hurricane Nate and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

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The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

HHS activates prescription assistance program for Puerto Rico

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The Department of Health and Human Services has activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program for Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria, allowing residents without health insurance to obtain at no cost certain prescription drugs, medical supplies, vaccines and medical equipment at participating... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

HHS implements tiered hurricane relief strategy for hospitals in Puerto Rico

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The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a three-tiered strategy to support hospitals in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Under the strategy, the agency has deployed medical teams with their own equipment and medical supplies to help provide care at an emergency and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, disaster readiness

CMS extends Medicare, federal exchange enrollment for hurricane victims

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced special enrollment periods for Medicare and the federally-facilitated health insurance exchange to help eligible individuals and families impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria gain immediate access to health coverage or change their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, disaster readiness

Fund to aid hospital employees affected by storms in Puerto Rico

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AHA has activated The Care Fund to provide support to hospital employees in Puerto Rico who experienced significant property loss or damage from any natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The association has contributed an initial $50,000 to the fund. To donate to the fund for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, disaster readiness, nurses, workforce

Please give to The Care Fund

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Natural disasters may shut down towns and cities, but they can’t shut down the human spirit. And in hospitals throughout Puerto Rico ravaged by historic storms, the spirit of caring, curing and compassion has been reflected steadily thoughout these difficult times.

We have been in close coordination with... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, leadership, members

FDA acts to prevent shortages of drugs made in Puerto Rico

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In the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Food and Drug Administration is working to avoid critical shortages of drugs made in Puerto Rico, which is home to dozens of drug and device manufacturing facilities, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced yesterday. “Since Friday, we have undertaken swift and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Drug Shortages, disaster readiness, preparedness

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