Emergency Readiness

Feb 15, 2018
Broward Health hospitals received 17 patients from a mass shooting yesterday at a high school in Parkland, FL, including two who have died and five who are in life-threatening condition, the health system reported today. Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach was treating nine patients, Broward…
Feb 15, 2018
The House Energy & Commerce Committee yesterday approved the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), AHA-supported legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a…
Feb 7, 2018
Senate leaders today announced an agreement on a deal that would raise spending caps on military and domestic programs over the next two years. In addition, the deal would fund the government through March 23 to allow appropriators time to complete their work. According to news reports, the deal…
Feb 6, 2018
Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will educate and update physicians, nurses and other clinicians on the 2017-2018 flu season during a webinar Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. ET. Hospitals are experiencing the busiest flu season since the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009-2010. The H3N2…
Feb 6, 2018
The latest newsletter from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response highlights evacuation stories from last year’s hurricanes and wildfires. Among other stories, Kaiser Permanente officials share their personal and professional…
Jan 23, 2018
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today held its second hearing on reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, currently set to expire Oct. 1. Among other provisions, PAHPA authorizes funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program, the only federal…
Jan 16, 2018
Hospital emergency department visits related to alcohol use increased 47% between 2006 and 2014, or an average 210,000 per year, outpacing the increase for any other cause, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Rates increased more…
Jan 11, 2018
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today introduced the Hospital Preparedness Program Reauthorization Act of 2018, which would increase the level of federal funding authorized to support regional health care systems in preparing for natural disasters and other threats. The HPP, created after 9/11, is…
Jan 11, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a Public Health Grand Rounds session Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. ET on federal, state and local public health efforts to prepare for a nuclear detonation, which will also be webcast live. Later that day, the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness…