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ASPR Cutting 19 States Out of HPP

If ASPR has its way with Congress, there will only be 36 eligible awardees for Hospital Preparedness Program funding. Nineteen states will be out under a "risk-based" approach that limits awards to only those states and local jurisdictions ASPR has 'scientifically' determined have the highest risk. And before those states that appear to have avoided the axe get too giddy, know that ASPR expects you to compete with academic medical centers, state and local hospital associations... for the opportunity to administer the HPP cooperative agreement.


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September 8-Octpber 1, 2017 |  National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) | NEMA Annual Forum | Scottsdale, AZ | Save the Date


October 9-10, 2017 |  South East Texas Regional Advisory Council & Texas Department of Health Services | bParati Healthcare Coaliton Development Workshop, a Pre-Conference Workshop for the 9th Annual Preparedness Coalition Symposium | Galveston, TX |  More...


October 11-13, 2017 | South East Texas Regional Advisory Council & Texas Department of Health Services | 9th Annual Preparedness Coalition Symposium | Galveston, TX | More...


November 7-9, 2017 | Association of Health Emergency Preparedness Profesionals | Annual Conference | Dallas, TX | More...


November 10-15, 2017 | International Association of Emergency Managers | IAEM Conference & EMEX | Long Beach, CA | More...


November 29 & 30, 2017 | MESH Coalition | National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference | San Diego, CA | More...

cms issues interpretive guidance for the emergency preparedness rule

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an advanced copy of interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the new emergency preparedness rule. The 72 page document is a near final draft necessary to guide providers and suppliers in meeting the new emergency preparedness Conditions of Participation and Conditions of Coverage that become enforceable November 15, 2017.

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ASPR Authorizes Expanded Use of HPP Funds

In an unprecedented move, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has issued a directive that authorizes healthcare coalitions to use Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds to legally establish nonprofit entities. Read More Here... | Get the directive here...


CMS FAQ: Round 4 Is Here

CMS has posted "Round 4" to the Emergency Preparedness Rule FAQ. We've updated the mobile optimized FAQ with the latest questions and answers - all 4 rounds are available. Get It...


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ASPR Publishes New Capabilities

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ASPR developed the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities guidance to describe what the health care delivery system, including HCCs, hospitals, and emergency medical services (EMS), have to do to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact the public’s health.

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CMS Issues Interpretive Guidance for the Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an advanced copy of interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the new emergency preparedness rule. The 72 page document is a near final draft necessary to guide providers and suppliers in meeting the new emergency preparedness Conditions of Participation and Conditions of Coverage that become enforceable November 15, 2017.

ASPR, CDC: What’s Up With The Funding Restrictions?

The 2017-2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that contains the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) cooperative agreements dedicates six pages to funding restrictions that limit how awardees can spend their funds. That's five more pages of restrictions than were in the 2016-2017 FOA. But, are all funding restrictions required to be passed through by awardees to healthcare coalitions and local health departments in their sub-grants? Well, it depends whom you ask. And that's a problem!

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ASPR Green Lights HPP Funds To Build Nonprofit Coalitions

In an unprecedented move, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has issued a directive that authorizes healthcare coalitions to use Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds to legally establish nonprofit entities. The authorization gives healthcare coalition leaders the financial latitude to move away from reliance on fiscal sponsors, opening the door to sustainability strategies.

CMS To Healthcare Providers: Don't Wait On Us!

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is warning healthcare providers and suppliers subject to the new Emergency Preparedness Rule that they must meet the requirements of the training and testing program by the implementation date, November 15, 2017. And hiring a consultant cannot alone address the challenges of meeting the requiements.

Nonprofit Healthcare Coalitions? The Rest of the Story

In 2011, the Illinois Department of Public Health forfeited hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Hospital Preparedness Program funded mobile medical assets to its fiscal sponsor for the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT). The forfeiture was caused by a few simple missteps, repeated each year for a decade, whereby the State had delivered sub grants to a nonprofit fiscal sponsor for the fiduciary agent for IMERT.

So what does this have to do with today's emerging healthcare coalitions? Well, survival!

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NFPA Life Safety Code: enForced Standard

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire killed 146 young garment workers and drove the establishment of the National Fire Protection Association Committee on Safety to Life, the author and caretaker of today’s Life Safety Code, NFPA 101.

The Life Safety Code, in varying editions, is a national standard for healthcare providers, as compliance is required or referenced in-part by legislation in most states. It is also referenced by the the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through its Conditions of Participation for the Medicare and Medicaid programs and accreditation organizations like the Joint Commission.

To the contrary, requiring healthcare providers to prepare for disasters and public health emergencies gets little more than lip service from the states and is not a Condition of Participation for CMS – yet.

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Authority?

Sources say the proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness rule soon will emerge from its cocoon. Two years of metamorphosis and we will now watch the proposed rule emerge as – a Stick. How big will the Stick be? We'll soon see. 

What we do know is that the Stick is clearly designed to get the attention of C-suite healthcare executives who have generally given emergency preparedness nothing more than lip service. And we get it! It's risk management 101. Disaster and health emergency preparedness does not put heads in beds – it does not generate revenue. And what are the chances of....

But, soon failing to prioritize preparedness may cause an unexpected hole in the budget that C-suite executives never saw coming. That is, if they are doing business with the Nation's largest insurance company.