Hospitals report improved preparedness for emerging infectious diseases since the Ebola outbreak in 2014, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. OIG surveyed a national sample of hospitals in early 2017 about their perceptions of preparedness in 2014 and 2017; actions taken to prepare; and challenges to sustaining preparedness for potential future EID threats. Eighty-six percent of the hospital administrators surveyed reported that their facility was prepared to receive cases of a serious EID such as Ebola in 2017, up from 29 percent in 2014.
 
To improve preparedness and HHS assistance and oversight, the report recommends that HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continue to support hospital preparedness for potential EIDs by coordinating guidance and providing practical advice to hospitals. In addition, OIG recommends that CDC clarify and promote the details and ongoing status of its tiered framework for hospitals, so that hospitals are clear regarding their responsibilities during an EID outbreak.
 
“Further, we recommend that CMS add EIDs to the definition of ‘all hazards’ in the State Operations Manual to promote inclusion of EIDs in hospital emergency planning,” OIG said. ASPR, CDC and CMS agreed with the recommendations in their comments on the report.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its guidance to help communities prepare for and respond to chemical incidents requiring mass…
Headline
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services today released an updated agenda for the nation’s EMS sys
Headline
The Department of Health and Human Services has released medical management guidelines and other resources to help the emergency response community prepare for…
Insights and Analysis
Hospitals and health systems are using command center technology in addition to their electronic medical records to help them stay organized during a disaster…
Headline
A coalition of 40 health care and public health organizations, including the AHA, today urged the Senate to quickly pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards…
Headline
The House of Representatives last night passed legislation (H.R. 269) that includes the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act.