Month: May 2020

The Federal Emergency Management Agency this month issued COVID-19 pandemic operational guidance for the forthcoming hurricane season. Included in the document are considerations for hospitals in evacuation zones, including the need to develop plans for relocating patients as well as ventilators, dialysis machines and stockpiled personal protective equipment. The agency June 2 from 2-3 p.m.
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The Food and Drug Administration May 27 authorized the emergency use of the Stryker Sustainability Solutions VHP N95 Respirator Decontamination System during the COVID-19 pandemic. The device decontaminates compatible N95 respirators for multiple-user reuse to prevent exposure to pathogenic biological airborne particulates when there are insufficient supplies of face-filtering respirators. Hospitals should note that N95
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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response yesterday released resources focused on establishing, funding and operationalizing medical operations coordination cells and alternative care sites. The agency aims to ensure load-balancing across health care facilities and systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available resources include a toolkit, tip
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The Health Resources and Services Administration yesterday awarded $15 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds to 52 tribal health services providers based on need and capacity to respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities. “The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many Tribal communities, particularly in rural areas, very hard,” said HRSA Administrator
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot across the health care landscape, including how care teams communicate, interact and collaborate with others. In this second part  of a two-part podcast Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of AHA’s Physician Alliance, and two senior leaders from the Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System explore how clinical and administrative leaders
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Dive Brief: A ​public option health plan on the state and federal insurance exchanges would have significantly lower premiums, and therefore draw a large number of enrollees, according to a simulation run by think tank RAND. However, only a public option off the exchanges would significantly increase the total number of insured Americans. An on-exchange public
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges for health care providers, including the way teams communicate and work together. In this first of a two-part podcast, Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of the AHA Physician Alliance, and two senior leaders from New York City-based Medisys Health Network explore the role of collaboration between clinical and administrative
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The AHA today responded to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services request for information by offering solutions for improving maternal and child health in rural communities. AHA suggested a number of specific actions, including bolstering the maternal care workforce, increasing telehealth opportunities and extending Medicaid coverage for pregnant and postpartum women. AHA also emphasized
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On this Advancing Health podcast, Robyn Begley, AHA senior vice president and chief nursing officer, along with Parkview Health leaders Charles Clark, president of behavioral health, and Paula Bostwick, vice president of behavioral health hospital services, discuss how the health system’s efforts to engage its clinical staff and increase training contributed to a decrease in
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