The new capabilities sharpen the focus of the HPP on acute healthcare service delivery and emphasize that preparedness and response are critical to ensuring the public’s health during emergencies and disasters.
Contributed by John Hick, MD; Melissa Harvey, RN, MSPH; and Dan Hanfling, MD
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement is preparing to enter a new project period in summer 2017, to complement the newly-released 2017–2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities. When it was originally launched in 2002, HPP concentrated on hospitals and emergency response. Over time, the focus shifted from hospital-based acute care to the importance of community-based planning and response activities, centered on the development of health care coalitions (HCCs). HCCs are groups of individual healthcare and response organizations, such as hospitals, EMS, public health agencies, emergency management, and others that have a stake in healthcare delivery in a geographic region. While individual HCC members are often competitive healthcare organizations with differing priorities and objectives, as a coalition they work together to ensure that each member has the necessary real-time information, medical equipment and supplies, communication systems, and healthcare personnel to respond to an emergency.
Understanding the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
The PowerPoint presentation from the Medicare Learning Network National call on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, “Understanding the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule” has also been posted to the MIHAN: Regional Network>Resource Sharing>CMS.
In anticipation of the release of theEmergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, ASPR TRACIE developed a dedicated CMS Resources page with links to resources that can help you start or update your planning process.
Two Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units—the Public Health Reserve Corps of Seattle and King Counties in Washington, and the Macomb County MRC in Michigan—along with their health departments—were highlighted in NACCHO’s National Health Security Strategy: How Local Health Departments are Making a Difference video. The video features recipients of the National Health Security Award, which was created by NACCHO and ASPR to recognize the contributions of three local health departments working to improve health security in their communities. For more information about the award, visit NACCHO’s Awards page. To learn more about the National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan, visit the ASPR website.
New health preparedness rule means withstanding the storm - which means better care for patients and better business for health care providers
Due to recent weather events and impact those storms have had on communities, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) to improve crisis response within the healthcare sector. To do this, various types of healthcare organizations will be included in this new CMS preparedness rule.
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