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NIMS Refresh 2016: Do Healthcare Coalitions Fit?

NIMS Refresh 2016: Do Healthcare Coalitions Fit?

FEMA recently released a draft of the National Incident Management System refresh (NIMS 3.0), the first update since 2008. And they introduced a new term, the Center Management System (CMS). When response and recovery operations are in play, it is within the CMS that healthcare coalitions appear to plug in.

But they don't.

You see, there’s a distinct difference between a healthcare coalition and what NIMS 3.0 defines as an operations/coordination center – which is nestled into the newly coined CMS.

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When is a Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program funding cut a Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding cut? When states' preparedness offices spilt funding between PHEP and HPP for staff, training programs, and technology licenses, such as alerting, resources management, and interoperable communications systems.

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How can the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) possibly expect 17 provider and supplier types to meet the requirements of its proposed emergency preparedness rule when the National Healthcare Preparedness Program (NHPP) has been cut by 50% over the past decade? Well, it's a fair expectation if healthcare coalitions – the ultimate force-multiplier – are successfully implemented. 

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2016-2017 HPP & PHEP Funding Opportunity Arrives

2016-2017 HPP & PHEP Funding Opportunity Arrives

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released to the states the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the 2016-2017 Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP). For the third year in a row, funding is projected to remain steady at $840,000,000.

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8 Ways States Can Save the Hospital Preparedness Program

8 Ways States Can Save the Hospital Preparedness Program

Failure to spend down allotted grant funds, a hyper focus on buying stuff, and failure to show program effectiveness are a ticking time bomb for the National Healthcare Preparedness Program. Fortunately, the clock on the NHPP, formerly known as the Hospital Preparedness Program, has not hit zero.

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It’s been nearly four years since the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response pivoted from offering states the Hospital Preparedness Program to offering the National Healthcare Preparedness Program – four years and most states continue to muddle through as if they have unlimited time to figure out how to build effective, sustainable healthcare coalitions. They don’t. The laissez-faire approach taken by too many states has left ASPR with few shining examples to put on the table as Congress decides whether to reauthorize the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act.

 On June 30, 2017 Congress is likely to kill the program. Unless…

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