Archive for the Hurricane Category

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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NCHA Strategic Partners Monitoring Supply Needs

NCHA Strategic Partners staff has reached out to its supplier Vizient to confirm that the State Operated Healthcare Facilities in eastern North Carolina have activated their disaster preparedness plans to receive priority shipments tomorrow for food (through US Foods) and medical supplies (Owens & Minor).

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Rapid Response Staffing Available Through Qualivis

When a natural disaster strikes, demand can quickly overwhelm your team pre and post storm. Qualivis offers easy access to a nationwide network to simplify and speed the search process, so that you can focus on providing patient care. There is no cost

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Mobile Communications Rapid-Response Teams

Following Hurricane Matthew, one of the identified needs in the aftermath was help with restoring mobile communications. All of the major mobile carriers have rapid-response teams and plans in place to deploy emergency equipment including portable generators, fuel trucks, Cell On Wheels (COWs), Cells on

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