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Medicare- and Medicaid-participating health care facilities and suppliers can view these resources to stay up-to-date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on emergency preparedness.

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National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network Project
This national network of clinical care teams can provide expert medical advice and COVID surge support using network enabled mobile devices. Critical care experts from around the country can assist with e-consults, remote home monitoring, relief coverage, tiered staffing, and specialty services. Applications for such assistance are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Web link    Date Added: 11/08/2022    Date Last Modified: Nov 8 2022 11:15AM  
10 Emergency Kit Essentials
Planning ahead will help older adults get ready for severe weather and natural disasters. Putting together an emergency kit can help vulnerable older adults stay comfortable during extreme weather events. Print out this resource, from the National Institute on Aging, to give to people who will benefit from having an emergency kit at the ready.
Web link    Date Added: 07/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Jul 10 2023 1:09PM  
Hospital Emergency and Disaster Preparedness
View this training overview that discusses the implementation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's comprehensive preparedness checklist for COVID-19, particularly in rural settings.
Video    Date Added: 06/02/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 3 2024 5:42PM  
Advancing Firearm Safety and Injury Prevention
The Texas Primary Care Consortium has created a four-page brief that details a framework for solutions to advance firearm safety.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/25/2024    Date Last Modified: Jun 25 2024 4:49PM  
Mortality for Time-Sensitive Conditions at Urban vs Rural Hospitals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This cohort study, published in the March 2024 issue of JAMA Network Open, examines the rise of in-hospital mortality for time-sensitive conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors discuss ways hospitals in urban and rural settings may customize their approach to care for patients with these conditions to help lessen the likelihood of a greater number of deaths during future public health crises.
Web link    Date Added: 06/27/2024    Date Last Modified: Jun 25 2024 6:50PM  
Resilient Power Best Practices for Critical Facilities and Sites
This document provides information for executives to improve their understanding of resilient power, determine the criticality of their systems to remain operational, identify the risk factors and make educated business decisions on investments in resilient power solutions that will help ensure business continuity during widespread, long-term communications outages caused by power outages.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/08/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 8 2024 2:11PM  
Healthcare Facilities and Power Outages
This document from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides state, local, tribal and territorial governments, first responders, utility companies and health care facilities with guidance and resources on improving health care facility resilience to power outages.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/08/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 8 2024 2:23PM  
Working Without Technology: How Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Can Manage Communication Failure
The document from the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils recommends steps that a health care facility can take to alleviate issues associated with a breakdown in traditional forms of communication.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/08/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 8 2024 2:57PM  
Electricity Emergency Preparedness for Senior Citizens and Their Caretakers
Power outages are typically unexpected and cause challenges for senior citizens and their caretakers. This guide from Choose Energy can help you understand the risks associated with power outages, and create a personalized emergency response plan.
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Building Local Level Partnerships for Rural Emergency Preparedness
Watch the first of a three-part webinar series on rural emergency preparedness. The webinar features four panelists who share tips on how to collaborate and form partnerships in their communities.
Web link    Date Added: 05/23/2023    Date Last Modified: May 23 2023 9:37AM  
Lessons Learned from the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Fire
On February 7, 2023, a fire at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital in Massachusetts required an evacuation of the hospital, continued closure and extensive recovery efforts. This webinar addresses lessons learned in responding to that disaster. Hospital representatives also discuss their successes and challenges and how to collaborate with local, state and regional partners.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/30/2023    Date Last Modified: Jul 3 2024 5:36PM  
Utility Failures in Health Care Toolkit
Utility failures can cause substantial harm to patients, health care providers and the facilities in which they work. Planned outages can relieve stress on services and prevent other hazards, such as cyber sabotage. These tip sheets can assist health care facility managers and emergency planners plan for and respond to various types of utility failures.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/30/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 29 2023 2:24PM  
Health Care Provider Shortages: Resources and Strategies for Meeting Demand
Health care provider shortages have historically challenged managing patient surge during disasters. This challenge was made even greater during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/01/2023    Date Last Modified: Jul 8 2024 2:27PM  
Climate Change and Health Equity
Climate change has created new public health challenges. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a website to provide information that can help health care providers and others take action to protect the health and well-being of all people, especially those most vulnerable.
Web link    Date Added: 12/02/2023    Date Last Modified: Jul 3 2024 5:33PM  
Rural Hospitals Experienced More Patient Volume Variability Than Urban Hospitals During The COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020–21
This article, published in the May 2024 issue of Health Affairs, examines the affect that variability in patient volume had on rural hospitals financially and operationally versus hospitals in urban settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Web link    Date Added: 06/27/2024    Date Last Modified: Jun 25 2024 6:48PM  
How can hospitals prepare for future public health emergencies?
This May 24, 2024, article from Chief Healthcare Executive lists more information regarding how hospitals can better prepare for future public health emergencies by leveraging data collection and analysis to more accurately manage their supply chain and patient load, as well as ways to invest in and retain their clinical staff.
Web link    Date Added: 07/04/2024    Date Last Modified: Jul 2 2024 5:04PM  
Emergency Preparedness Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating health care providers and suppliers in March 2021. Download this two-page document to learn about the specific requirements for your health care facility.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/12/2021    Date Last Modified: May 16 2022 12:18PM  
CMS Releases Updated Emergency Preparedness Guidance
Download this fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to read more about updated emergency preparedness guidance for health care facilities.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/12/2021    Date Last Modified: May 16 2022 12:16PM  
Steps for Clinicians to Order Medication to Treat Monkeypox
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to make it easier for U.S. health care providers to request TPOXX (also called tecovirimat), an antiviral drug that can be used under special circumstances to treat patients with monkeypox. The CDC recently posted information clarifying the current TPOXX ordering process.
Web link    Date Added: 07/19/2022    Date Last Modified: Jul 19 2022 2:24PM  
CAH Quality Prioritization Tool
The CAH Quality Prioritization Tool was developed to assist critical access hospital (CAH) quality and patient safety leaders in making decisions related to patient safety and quality investments. The CAH Quality Prioritization Tool is ideally incorporated into an annual quality and patient safety planning process and is most accurate when completed as an exercise by a team including leaders and patient care representatives.
Web link    Date Added: 02/20/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 20 2023 7:15AM  
State Flex Programs
State Flex Profiles showcase the meaningful activities that are carried out by State Offices of Rural Health around the country while supporting critical access hospitals and their communities.
Web link    Date Added: 02/20/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 20 2023 7:20AM  
New Toolkit Offers Tips On Emergency Response And Preparation For Rural Communities
Compiled in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies, the information in this toolkit is meant to help rural areas better prepare for public health emergencies, disasters and threats.
Web link    Date Added: 02/20/2023    Date Last Modified: Feb 20 2023 7:32AM  
CMS Flexibilities to Address Public Health Emergencies
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is assessing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the health care system is prepared for addressing future emergencies. Visit the CMS website for details of what CMS calls "a cross-cutting initiative" to streamline the process used to reestablish health and safety standards. CMS will identify barriers and opportunities for improvement using a health equity lens.
Web link    Date Added: 09/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 9:35AM  
Maine Critical Access Integrated Paramedics
With the nearest hospital more than an hour away, the local community health center in rural Jackman, Maine struggled to offer 24/7 care thanks to staffing and budgetary challenges. To help, Penobscot Community Health Care and other stakeholders created a new program that allows paramedics to staff the clinic and provide care after-hours and on weekends.
Web link    Date Added: 09/06/2022    Date Last Modified: Sep 6 2022 9:52AM  
Disaster Resilience Tool Kit
The AARP worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to produce this toolkit to help community leaders improve emergency planning and better address the needs of older adults when a disaster occurs. Download the toolkit and other free publications from the AARP Livable Communities Library.
Web link    Date Added: 03/10/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 10 2023 8:46AM  
DDRC Patient Prepardedness Plan
Emergency preparedness for people with diabetes includes building a “diabetes kit.” The Diabetes Disaster Response Coalition (DDRC) has created guidelines for building such a kit. Included is a checklist of important information to keep in the kit, as well as a list of extra supplies that people with diabetes should always have on hand.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/13/2023    Date Last Modified: Mar 13 2023 8:50AM  
Countries Experiencing Conflict: Health Care Preparedness and Response Resources
The resources on this webpage can help stakeholders in the U.S. and abroad prepare for and respond to fires and other disasters. 
Web link    Date Added: 12/01/2023    Date Last Modified: Nov 29 2023 2:29PM