DHS webinar Nov. 28 on 'soft target' attacks and critical infrastructure

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis will host a Nov. 28 webinar for public and private sector stakeholders on its most recent analysis of “soft target” attacks in Western countries and possible critical infrastructure-related consequences. For more on the 10... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Cybersecurity, preparedness

Hospitals treat victims from Texas mass shooting

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San Antonio-area hospitals continue to care for victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, that left 26 dead and more than 20 injured. According to press reports, University Hospital, Connally Memorial Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center treated... read more

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Tag: preparedness

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals and other health care facilities in certain counties affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Providers outside of those counties may... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness, preparedness

Joint Commission updates emergency management standards

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The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities,... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

Senate passes disaster relief bill; CDC issues hurricane-related alert

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The Senate yesterday voted 82-17 to approve a second emergency funding measure to support recovery from the nation’s recent hurricanes and wildfires. The $36.5 billion emergency supplemental contains $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $16 billion for National... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness, prevention

CDC updates care guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued updated guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious damage to the brain of the developing fetus. CDC provides... read more

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Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, preparedness, Zika

CDC deactivates emergency operations center for Zika virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today deactivated its emergency operations center for Zika virus. “Since the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses and infants, from the emerging virus and its... read more

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Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

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

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Tags: Drug Shortages, disaster readiness, preparedness

HHS pursuing nasal spray treatment for cyanide poisoning

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The Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with Emergent BioSolutions to develop and test a nasal spray treatment for cyanide poisoning. Exposure to high levels of cyanide, a potential chemical weapon, can cause death within minutes. “All currently approved cyanide antidotes are... read more

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Tag: preparedness

Agencies highlight disaster resources

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a report offering guidance and resources to help health care providers, response and recovery workers, and affected communities address potential public health and safety concerns before, during and after a hurricane or flood. Many of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness, Behavioral health

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