Archive for the Hurricane Category

Behavioral Health Resources Before, During and After a Disaster

NCHA has provided a list of mental health resources for hospitals, health systems, healthcare providers and first responders to use and share in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency crisis.   During the Crisis – Public Resources Give an Hour

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Free Access to Telehealth Services Through Storm

**If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.**   September 17 – Updated 3:30 pm Atrium Health – Atrium Health is waiving the regular fee for Virtual Visits completed in North Carolina and South Carolina, starting September 13. Patients will need to use

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Hospital Phone Service Affected by Storm in Many Areas

September 17, 2018 – Updated 1:30 PM ET First Health –  Phone service to all their locations has been restored. Onslow Memorial – Phone service is still out to their facility. See more information here. New Hanover Regional – Phone service has been restored.

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News Release: North Carolina’s hospitals and health systems stand ready and prepared to care

Cary, NC – September 13, 2018 – As Hurricane Florence nears landfall, North Carolina’s hospitals are activating emergency command centers, stocking supplies and preparing to house staff and patients through the storm. Preparedness is a top priority for hospitals and health systems, on

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Summary of 1135 Waiver

Attached is a brief summary of the 1135 waiver issued by Alex M. Azar II, US Secretary of Health and Human Services on Sept. 11 in response to Hurricane Florence for North Carolina and South Carolina. For further information, visit the Centers for Medicare and

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Temporary Increase in Bed Capacity

North Carolina hospital regulations allow for a temporary increase in bed capacity of up to 10% during a natural disaster. Hospitals seeking to increase capacity under this rule should submit a request to Azzie.Conley@dhhs.nc.gov.  Note there should be no delays as there is no longer

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Patient Placement Procedures from NC Office of Emergency Management

Attached is a procedure that was put in place last night by the Healthcare Preparedness Program at the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services case a large number of patients need to be transferred/evacuated in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. Based on the patient placement procedure,

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List of Emergency Policies and Procedures that Can Be Done Without 1135 Waiver

Attached from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a list of emergency policies and procedures that can be done without an 1135 waiver. More emergency preparedness guidance isonline here.

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HFMA Disaster Planning Checklist for Health System CFOs

The Healthcare Financial Management Association has put together a helpful Disaster Planning Checklist for Chief Financial Officers of Healthcare Organizations. Some of the items and activities listed may not fall directly within the responsibility of the financial leaders of a facility, but have financial implications

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NC Congressional Contacts

Here is an updated staff list for North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation. We have included emails and phone numbers for the healthcare advisors, all of whom are ready to help should you need congressional intervention after the storm.

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