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The HHS Coronavirus Data Hub goes live; CDC guidance recommends a symptom-based strategy for COVID-19 patients. CMS data show an increase in telehealth use among Medicare beneficiaries. The IRS extends the deadline for tax-exempt hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment.

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Facilities located in areas designated as emergency or major disaster areas will be exempt from provisions of Medicare quality reporting programs.

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The Opelika, Ala., hospital provides housing, mental health support, and hope to those affected by a tornado that devastated the community in March.

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The Patient Logistics Center helps coordinate admissions and facilitate transfers among four Broward Health hospitals.

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The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response initiative seeks to harness cutting-edge technologies to support emergency response and recovery. It will kick off with an innovation day event, Aug. 7–8, to engage with stakeholders.

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We now call on the Senate to invest in the nation’s disaster response and public health infrastructure by reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Innovation Act.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is waiving program requirements and suspending enforcement activities in Florida and Georgia.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services waived program requirements in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued guidance for treating carbon monoxide poisoning in hurricane victims.

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In a blog post, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official notes that providers should consider health equity during emergency preparedness, response, and recovery to ensure disparities are not inadvertently created or exacerbated.

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The toolkit includes strategies and examples to help Medicaid agencies prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

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The Partnership For Disaster Health Response grant offers $6 million for two partnerships to improve disaster readiness and response across the delivery system.

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The webpage documents the health system's response to the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting and encourages other hospitals to create disaster response plans.

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Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, medical director of medicine and adolescent psychiatry, traveled to Puerto Rico to donate medication and mental health care to victims of Hurricane Maria.

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Affected providers will be exempt from reporting provisions of the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program, Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, and Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program.

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The new webpage was launched by HHS' Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; a webinar highlighting the resources will be held Sept. 14.

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The challenge asks organizations to share how they use the National Health Security Preparedness Index to advance health security and disaster preparedness.

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The webinar will focus on managing resources, setting priorities, engaging stakeholders, and anticipating needs during crises, such as disease outbreaks.

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Fifteen patients affected by the "Chimney Tops 2" fire in Tenn. were taken to the ED at University of Tennessee Medical Center, the area's only level I trauma center.

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Near or far away from the big game, essential hospitals stand ready to treat Super Bowl fans.

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World Health Organization declares end of epidemic in West Africa, but says to expect small flare-ups due to persistence of virus after patient recovery.

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Change follows Nov. 7 declaration by World Health Organization that Sierra Leone is free of Ebola. Some checks remain, including for temperature and possible exposure.

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New ASPR toolkit helps providers address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their disaster response preplanning and recovery.

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New online tools include maps of cases nationally and specific to outbreak linked to Disneyland resort

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