HHS webinar Oct. 18 on hurricane/flooding recovery

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will host an Oct. 18 webinar on lessons learned from last year’s flooding in Louisiana to help those supporting recovery from hurricanes and flooding in other communities. To register for the 2... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

Hospitals treat victims from Las Vegas mass shooting

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Area hospitals treated victims from a mass shooting at an outdoor concert last night in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured. According to news reports, University Medical Center, which has Nevada’s only level 1 trauma center, treated more than 100 patients; Dignity Health-St.... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

HHS grants Hurricane Maria waivers for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price this week declared public health emergencies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricane Maria, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and... read more

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

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for Irma; hospital funds launched

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has temporarily suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers that are assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency also has established a toll-free... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, regulation, workforce

Additional resources to assist with aftermath of Irma

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While areas in the Southeast U.S. experience the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shared a number of resources, including how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning – one of the main causes of death after a hurricane. “Always use generators, pressure washers,... read more

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

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

HHS eases certain provider requirements due to hurricane emergencies

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The... read more

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

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

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