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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
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

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
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

There to Care

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Hurricane Irma, the second historic storm to threaten the U.S. in the past three weeks, is churning its way through the Caribbean toward Florida, where it is expected to make landfall this weekend. Puerto Rico already has weathered this powerful storm. Our hopes and prayers are with the people of Florida,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

House passes Harvey relief package; Hurricane Irma emergencies declared

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The House of Representatives today voted 419-3 to approve $7.85 billion as part of an initial Hurricane Harvey relief package. Specifically, the bill would provide $7.4 billion to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund and $450 million for the Small Business Administration's... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

CMS issues training on emergency preparedness rule enforcement

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an online training course for state survey agencies that will evaluate compliance with new emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals and other providers beginning Nov. 15. The course also is available to providers. A final rule issued last... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, regulation

Update on relief efforts, waivers related to Hurricane Harvey

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The AHA this week is running print and digital ads in Modern Healthcare on how to support hospital employees affected by Hurricane Harvey. “Please help support the Texas hospital employees whose lives have been impacted by the devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey,” the ad states. “While... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, workforce

ASPR issues preparedness resources for health care coalitions

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has released several new resources for health care coalitions. The resources include preparedness and response plan templates, a gap analysis tool, pandemic checklist and surge tool training. ASPR will host a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Caregivers Shine a Light in the Darkness

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By Nancy Agee

Once again, our nation has been touched by senseless violence… this time in Charlottesville, VA. While my heart was heavy as I watched the images of the scenes unfolding there this weekend, I was inspired by the way members of the hospital family – and my fellow Virginians – rushed in to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: preparedness

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