HHS issues preparedness resource for August solar eclipse

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response today released a resource to help emergency health care planners and providers prepare for and address response concerns related to the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. “It is expected that millions will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, rural

CMS issues guidance on emergency preparedness rule enforcement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday issued interpretive guidelines for state survey agencies that will evaluate compliance with new emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and other providers beginning Nov. 15. The final rule, issued last September, requires health care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, regulation

AHA voices support for Good Samaritan Health Professional Act

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The AHA today expressed support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a disaster. “This legislation is a positive step... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, nurses, preparedness

CMS issues information on implementing emergency preparedness rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday issued information on training and testing requirements under its final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities. All affected providers and suppliers must meet all of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

Trust for America's Health releases emergency preparedness report card

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A new report card from the Trust for America’s Health examines emergency preparedness on a state-by-state basis. “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism,” scored states, as well as Washington, DC, on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness, including public... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

CMS issues FAQs on emergency preparedness rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted answers to Frequently Asked Questions received in response to its final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities. Additional questions related to the final rule, issued... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation

Columbus, OH, hospitals treat victims from OSU incident

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Nine people were transported to three hospitals in Columbus, OH, this morning after a man allegedly drove a vehicle into pedestrians at Ohio State University in Columbus, cutting others with a butcher knife before being shot dead by police, authorities said. Victims were treated at OSU Wexner Medical... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

Blood banks seek donations in wake of Hurricane Matthew

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The AABB is urging eligible donors across the country to donate blood and platelets as soon as possible. Hurricane Matthew, which lashed Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas over the past few days, forced the cancellation of numerous blood drives. “We are asking all potential donors, both current and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

DHS warns health providers in southeast of potential effects of Hurricane Matthew

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Healthcare and Public Health Sector has issued a bulletin warning of potential impacts for health care providers in the southeastern U.S. that may be impacted by Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to potentially strike Florida’s Atlantic coast overnight. DHS warns... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

HHS pursues tests for radiation absorbed in nuclear emergency

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response today announced funding to further develop, and potentially purchase for the Strategic National Stockpile, two tests for use in a large-scale nuclear or radiological emergency. The biodosimetry... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

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