Click the read more button to find out this week’s information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE), Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and other miscellaneous sources.
1. Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition Monthly Meeting
The next regional coalition meeting is Thursday November 8th at 10:30 am. The meeting will be held using Ring Central’s Regional Coalition conference line. The dial-in information will be sent no later than Tuesday November 6th along with the agenda.
2. Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) Training
The Northwest Region will host the Basic Disaster Life Support training December 7, 2018 at the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir Street. The flyer and registration information is currently being developed and will be distributed to the coalition once the flyer is completed. This course is provided free of charge to the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition that includes hospitals, healthcare, public health, fire and rescue, and law enforcement. A description of the course can be found here.
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We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. To view the regional “one-pager” please click here.
1. 2019 Academy Planning Workgroup Seeks Presentations
The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy Planning Workgroup, is soliciting requests for presentations for this years academy. Considering this year’s theme Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats, please consider submitting an abstract for a session at the 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy.
There are five delivery format options:
- “Quick hitters”….10 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A.(1 Presenter)
- 1-hour Panel Discussion (Max. 3 Panelist plus 1 Moderator)
- 50-60 minute Breakout Session Presentation (Max. 3 Presenters)
- 3-hour Pre or Post Conference Workshop
- Poster Presentation
Please submit your submissions NO LATER than close of business Tuesday November 27, 2018 on at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BL5CFYM
After submission of abstracts, a Committee will decide on the finalists for inclusion in the 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy. As always, we will be looking to have a variety of topics, representation from each region of the state, and relevance to the theme.
Selections will be made by Friday, January 4, 2018. You will be contacted in January if your abstract is selected.
2. 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy
The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held on March 19-21,2019 at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. The theme this year for the Academy is Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats.
Examples of 21st Century Threats Include:
- Environmental impacts of fracked gas pipelines
- Civil unrest/terrorism
- Gun violence
- Opioid epidemic
- Emerging biological threats
- Cybersecurity threats
- Increasing stress on the social determinants of health (economic insecurity, etc)
3. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Course: ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
When: Wednesday, November 28 – 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Thursday & Friday, November 29 & 30, 2018 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Central Shenandoah EMS Council : Room Training Room
2312 W Beverly St., Staunton, Virginia United States 24401
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. Please see this flyer for additional details.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Registration: https://www.train.org/virginia/course/1014182/live_event [Train Course # 1014182]
4. Virginia Receives CDC Grants to continue the Fight Against Opioid Overdose Epidemic
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) have received $4.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The two, one-year grants are to advance the understanding of the opioid overdose epidemic and to increase prevention and response activities, including improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data as part of the public health crisis response mechanism.
The CDC awarded VDH $4,050,277 through its Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response – 2018 Opioid Overdose Crisis to strengthen its emergency response to the opioid addiction epidemic in these areas: incident management for early crisis response, recovery, surveillance and data collection, surge management, and countermeasures and mitigation.
The full press release can be found here.
Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Real Experiences and Practical Applications
ASPR TRACIE is hosting a webinar on November 14, from 1:30-3:00PM. It will begin with an overview and history of hospital-based incident command centers and feature speakers from three large health care organizations who have experienced a recent emergency and activated their hospital-based incident command systems. They will go through the incident, how they implemented the incident command system, any lessons learned as an outcome and how they have incorporated these lessons into their current systems and plans. Check out this flyer for additional information. Space is limited so register today for this free webinar.
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Frequently Asked Questions
The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) has posted five rounds of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness. Two previously posted rounds (two and three) were revised June 1, 2017.
1. L0103 Planning Emergency Operations and L0102 Science of Disaster
The L0102 and L0103 classes have been rescheduled. They are both in the COVLC and ready for you to register! https://covlc.virginia.gov/
L0103 – Planning Emergency Operations
November 13 & 14, 2018
L0102 – Science of Disaster
December 11-13, 2018
The location for both classes is still the same: Spotsylvania Fire & Rescue, 4804 Bancroft Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408(click the link for directions)
NOTE: Click here to visit the VDEM Training, Education, and Exercise Division webpage. Contact the HelpDesk at 804-897-9995 or email LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov if you have questions about a VDEM course or accessing the Virginia Learning Center.
2. G191 EOC/ICS Interface
Dates: December 6, 2018
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Orange County Rescue Squad
151 Berry Hill Road
Orange, VA 22960
Description: The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community.
Target Audience: This course is intended for ICS and EOC personnel. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface.
Prerequisite: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents
Registration Instructions: Registration will be done electronically via the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center at: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. Deadline to register is Dec. 1, 2018.
If you need help or have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email:LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov. Deadline to register is December 1, 2018.
3. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Dates: January 9-10, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Madison Fire Station, 1223 North Main ST, Madison, VA 22727
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use.
Prerequisites: Applicants must document completion of all of the following prerequisites to be considered for enrollment. Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Please email certificates to:
Tamara Del Rosario
Academic Support Technician
Registration: Registration is OPEN and will remain open until January 4, 2019. To register, log-in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learn Center: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. When searching for this course in the VLC, use this keyword: ICS 300. Be sure to select the ICS 300 (11) option from the list. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995.
4. L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management
Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management course. This two-week course is the first of five in the EM Basic Academy program. This course is highly recommended for new as well as experienced members of the emergency management community as it provides a comprehensive view of the profession’s core functions, policies, and goals. To this end, this course is required for all VDEM staff. Click here for more information and the application packet.
Dates: Week 1: February 4-8, 2019
Location: McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center, 4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Dates: Week 2: March 4-8, 2019
Location: Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 10501 Trade Court, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236
Please submit your completed application by November 16th. If you have questions, please contact Candice Crockett.
Interim Academic Support Coordinator
Training, Education and Exercise Division
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-9780 office
(804) 385-7487 cell
1. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition has begun receiving requests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the coalition and non-hospital facilities. The MOU is designed for healthcare facilities that are not classified as an Acute Care or Critical Access hospital, and it is good for five (5) years before it will need to be renewed. If your your organizations resides with the Northwest Region and has not signed the MOU, you can contact either the Regional Coordinator or the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator to find out more details.
We are expanding our outreach to healthcare agencies within the region as a way of offering assistance to you and your organization. We ask for everyone’s help to spread the word by talking with your colleagues about the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. You can contact us by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website.
2. Poor Disaster Oversight Imperiled Nursing Homes, Senate Report Finds
A Senate inquiry faulted state and federal oversight for fatal heat strokes and chaotic evacuations at nursing homes after last year’s hurricanes, calling for tougher disaster preparedness standards on Friday.
Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency that was a subject of the inquiry, have said they would clarify expectations for how nursing homes must maintain safe temperatures in emergencies. Officials added in an interview this week that they were actively seeking lessons from recent disasters. But they defended the agency’s new preparedness requirements for health care providers, which did not come under enforcement until just after last year’s hurricane season.
The Senate’s report, released on Friday by the minority staff of the Finance Committee, comes weeks after several nursing homes in North Carolina and Florida flooded, lost power and required help evacuating after hurricanes. “Too many of them are not equipped to handle matters of basic safety in disasters,” Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said in an interview.
While the report noted that most nursing homes fared adequately after hurricanes in Florida and Texas last year, it concluded that tragic exceptions “resulted from inadequate regulation and oversight, ineffective planning and communications protocols, and questionable decision-making by facility administrators.”
Source: Sheri Fink of The New York Times
3. Reducing Workplace Violence Free Webinar
On November 14th, the American Hospital Association will host a webinar at 2:00 pm on how hospitals and health systems can work to manage workplace safety and reduce violence on site. Experts from Grady Health System will share their multi-pronged plan to ensure safety and empower staff confidence and well-being. View more information and register.
4. Helping CEO’s Determine Cybersecurity Risk
On November 14th, the American Hospital Association will host a webinar at 1:00 pm to offer the latest tips to decrease your hospital’s risk of cyber attacks. John Riggi, AHA’s senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, will share the top 12 considerations designed to help CEOs and their staff identify the practical steps necessary for defending systems and networks against the most dangerous threats. View more information and register.
5. CMS is Intensifying Focus On Legionella
CMS recently updated a memo to its survey teams on reducing the risk of Legionella bacteria to specifically note that facilities must have a water management plan that surveyors can review. That plan should be written and managed by a multidisciplinary committee of people from throughout the hospital with a stake in water use, says Bryan Connors, MS, CIH, HEM, the healthcare practice director at Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., in Newton, Massachusetts. Connors is certified as both an industrial hygienist and a healthcare environmental manager and works as a consultant for hospitals and other facilities, including the management of water systems.
The CMS memo, which was first published last year and then updated this June, continues to point to the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188 “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems” and the best practices set out by a 2016 CDC toolkit on developing a water management program to reduce the growth and spread of Legionella in buildings as key resources. More information can be found here.
You can find information from The Joint Commission here too.
Source: Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare and The Joint Commission
6. Shuttered Virginia Hospital Plans to Reopen December 27, 2018
Five years after Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System shuttered Pennington Gap, Va.-based Lee County Regional Medical Center, the hospital plans to reopen under a new operator, according to a WYMT news report.
Wellmont closed the medical center in 2013, citing a lack of patients and declining reimbursements for patient care. It was the only hospital in Lee County.
In 2017, a Florida-based startup. Americore Health, purchased the medical center for $2 million, with plans to reopen the hospital as a 25-bed inpatient facility.
The Lee County hospital has been under construction since January and was initially slated to reopen in July, but the project was delayed until December.
Now, the hospital authority is holding Americore to a reopen date of Dec. 27, according to Jeanette Filpi, CEO of the Lee County hospital.
“We continue to push on this [deadline] daily. We don’t intend to give up,” Commissioner Howard Elliott on the Lee County Hospital Authority told WYMT.
Source: Alia Paavola of Becker’s Hospital Review