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Reflections on a Pandemic

Posted on June 9, 2020 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (143)

Having spent the last 18 years of my career preparing for a pandemic at the various levels and organizations, I wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on where we were, where we are now, and what did we learn. This series will encompass my experiences in a major metro area on the east coast as well as my work in the Midwest.

I began my work in public health and medical preparedness in 2002, when we realized after the 9/11 attacks that we were woefully unprepared as a nation for a ...

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CMS Posts Final Emergency Preparedness Rule

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (443)
Well the day has finally come. CMS has published the long awaited rule strengthening the emergency preparedness regulatory guidelines for 17 healthcare provider types. You can find the final rule at this link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2016-21404.pdf . Other helpful information on building an effective emergency preparedness program can be found at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/index.html Providers wil... Read Full Post »

CMS Proposed Emergency Preparedness Rule

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (4)

On December 27, 2013, the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that strengthens emergency preparedness regulations for 17 different healthcare provider types to include hospitals and long term care facilities. The changes have been proposed as the existing CMS regulations pertaining to emergency preparedness have been found to be lacking in sufficient depth to ensure healthcare facilities are actually prepared when disaster strikes. This rule is rumored to be relea...

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What else? Ebola

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (4)

Ebola is the hot topic of the week, likely to be a hot topic for quite some time. Confusion abounds with conflicting messages being shown on tv and other news media outlets regarding the personal protective equipment required to protect our health care workers. As two nurses who cared for the first Ebola death in the US fall ill, news media are condeming our hospitals for not being prepared. While hospitals prepare for disasters of all types, this is an infectious disease outbreak with seriou...

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Zika Virus

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The Zika Virus is the latest public health crisis that has women of child bearing age terrified across the globe. Zika virus infection during pregnancy has been linked to adverse outcomes including pregnancy loss and microcephaly, absent or poorly developed brain structures, defects of the eye and impaired growth in fetuses and infants. This virus has been brought to the US thus far by travellers but with mosquito season upon us, it will likely spread to the continental US as well. As with ma...

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