ACEP: Coronavirus Field Guide

The American College of Emergency Physicians FIELD Guide to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has been released. This guide is one of the most useful, reliable, easy-to-read resource made available to date. It will prove useful not only to your field crews but also to office staff....

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CMS Office Hours on COVID-19

CMS Office Hours on COVID-19 You are invited to CMS “Office Hours” on COVID-19, today, Thursday, April 16th from 5:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern, the next in a series of opportunities for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to: Increase Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls; Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce; Put Patients Over Paperwork; and Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare Dial-in details below. Conference lines are limited, so we highly encourage you to join via audio webcast, either on your computer or smartphone web browser. You are welcome to share this invitation with your colleagues and membership. Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 833-614-0820 Event Plus Passcode: 6168487 Audio Webcast link You can find a copy of the full press release and related materials HERE To keep up with the important work the White House Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19, please click here: www.coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website....

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Technical Resources from HHS/ASPR TRACIE to Assist First Responders and Healthcare Providers

Technical Resources from HHS/ASPR TRACIE to Assist First Responders and Healthcare Providers HHS ASPR, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. As we continue to work with each other through the COVID-19 response, we would like to share some resources to assist your efforts as first responders and healthcare providers in these challenging times. The documents listed below will serve to assist you and your colleagues should you ever need guidance on best practices and any issue related to the COVID-19 response. Death of a Colleague During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding and Managing Grief for Healthcare Workers and Leaders Overview of recent federal guidance and resources to hospitals, inpatient and outpatient facilities, and alternate care strategy sites experiencing the loss of a fellow healthcare co-worker during COVID-19; Guidance for healthcare workers and leaders with strategies to address grief and facilitate emotional recovery in the workforce Grief Following Patient Deaths During COVID-19: Tips for Healthcare Workers in Managing Grief Grief...

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FEMA Advisory | Supply Chain Stabilization

The following information was delivered by FEMA via email on April 9. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Supply Chain Stabilization  The Supply Chain Task Force continues executing a strategy maximizing the availability of critical protective and lifesaving resources through FEMA for a whole-of-America response. Efforts to date have focused on reducing the medical supply chain capacity gap to both satisfy and relieve demand pressure on medical supply capacity. The task force is applying a four-prong approach of Preservation, Acceleration, Expansion and Allocation to rapidly increase supply today and expand domestic production of critical resources to increase supply long-term. The preservation line of effort focuses on providing federal guidance to responders and the non-medical sector, such as public service (police, fire, EMT), energy distribution and the food industry on how to preserve supplies when possible, to reduce impact on the medical supply chain. The  acceleration  line of effort provides direct results to help meet the demand for personal protective equipment PPE through the industry to allow responders to get supplies they need as fast as possible. The  expansion  line of effort is charged with generating capacity with both traditional and non-traditional manufacturers, such as adding machinery or by re-tooling assembly lines to produce new products. (more…)