June 13 – 19, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ashley Waite Shifflett is the on-call staff member for June. Should you need assistance from the RHCC, please call 1-855-469-7422.
To request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mobile medical assets, or other equipment from the RHCC, please send an email request to rhcc@nwrhcc.org.

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will host its monthly meeting Thursday July 14, 2022. The agenda, the June meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be sent to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call line. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.

VDH has developed a COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission dashboard. This dashboard indicates the severity of the case counts in the local jurisdictions. Click here to view the dashboard.


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1. HHS Releases Essential Medicines Supply Chain and Manufacturing Resilience Assessment

As part of the deliverables of the 100-day pharmaceutical supply chain report, the National Forum to Secure America’s Supply Chain for Essential Medicines was tasked with (1) selecting 50-100 critical drugs, drawn from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) essential medicines list, to be the focus of an enhanced onshoring effort, and (2) developing strategies to overcome current pharmaceutical supply chain challenges and constraints.
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2. About the Hospital Preparedness Program

ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through cooperative agreements to states, territories, and eligible metropolitan areas to improve the capacity of the health care system to plan for and respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters. HPP supports regional collaboration and health care preparedness and response by encouraging the development and sustainment of health care coalitions (HCC).
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COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About Available Therapeutic Options for COVID-19
Medications are available that can reduce chances of severe illness and death from COVID-19 infection. Oral antivirals are available that can reduce chances of severe illness and death from COVID-19 infection.
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1. All Phillips V60 and V60 Ventilators Recalled
Philips Respironics is recalling all V60 and V60 Plus ventilators because an internal power fluctuation may cause the ventilator to shut down unintentionally either with or without any visible or audible alarms. The power fluctuation causes a reboot of the backup alarm controller, which may lead to a complete shutdown of the ventilator without warning.
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2. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

3. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

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1. CMS Updates Guidance for Ambulatory Surgical Centers – Can Hospital SOM be Far Behind?
CMS has updated Appendix L of its State Operations Manual (SOM) with guidance on new or revised Conditions for Coverage (CfC) for ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) that have been formalized in various final rules from the last few years. That includes revisions related to NFPA requirements, burden reduction, interoperability, and emergency preparedness requirements.
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Source: A.J. Plunkett of Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center

2. CMS Updates Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
CMS has revised the frequency of reporting specific to psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals
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1. DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
In the coming months, DHS expects the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets.
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2. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 23

  • Revised Field Triage Guidelines for EMS Providers Now Available 
  • The Return of Emotet and the Threat to the Health Sector
  • more
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Training Calendar

1. Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (CHEC)

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is pleased to announce the opportunity to earn the CHEC certification. We are partnering with the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance to offer two courses required for certification. The Basic Course is two days, June 21-22 and the Advanced Course is one day, June 23. Both classes begin at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. The courses will be taught at Bridgewater Rescue Squad.  Although the flyer has registration details, you cannot complete the registration without the enrollment key. For more details please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Ashley Waite and see the attached flyer.
Course Announcement Flyer

2. L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
This 2-day period of instruction is for those individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises. The intermediate-level course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes.
Harrisonburg, VA
June 15-16, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

3. V450: ICS Train-the-Trainer (ICS 100-400)
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization
June 28-29, 2022 8:30am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

4. ICS-300 Intermediate ICS For Expanding Incidents
This 21 hour course outlines how the NIMS Command and Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents as well as describes the incident management processes as prescribed by ICS. This course has a threaded activity that will give students the opportunity to practice implementing the incident management process and create an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated expanding incident. This course has been adapted to fit into two days without compromising learning materials for this session. This session will be hosted at the Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Company.
August 13-14, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

5. ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command Systems
This training is a 15-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS). Course topics include explaining the special management challenges of major incidents such as unified command, multi-agency coordination systems, and emergency operations centers, as well as explaining how Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS) are established and interface with emergency operations centers. This session will be hosted at the Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Company.
October 15-16, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

1. Experts Say ‘Systemic Failure’ in Emergency Planning has Crippled Even Compliant Nursing Homes
Despite the fact that most nursing homes in the U.S. are in compliance with required emergency planning elements, residents often suffer outsized harms in natural or other disasters, including disease outbreaks. That concern had been broached in repeated reports by the Office of Inspector General before COVID-19.
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Source: Kimberly Marselas of McKnights Long-Term Care News

2. 2 Nurses, Physician Stabbed at California Hospital
Two staff nurses and one emergency department physician were stabbed June 3 inside Encino (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center.
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3. Lawmakers Move to Combat Violence Against Healthcare Workers
Violence against healthcare workers is a subject that has been highlighted by healthcare organizations nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the wake of recent shootings on hospital campuses, including on the campus of Saint Francis Health System in Tulsa, Okla., there is even more urgency to address the issue. 
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Source: Kelly Gooch  and Marissa Plescia of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Providers: CMS Should First Fortify Skilled Nursing Workforce Before Imposing Minimum Staffing Measures
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must first help the long-term care industry build up its workforce before implementing a national minimum staffing standard for nursing homes, many providers have told the agency in submitted comments. 
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Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News

5. CDC Removes Mask Recommendation From Monkeypox Travel Alert: 4 Updates
The CDC quietly removed a recommendation that people wear masks from its monkeypox travel alert June 6, The New York Times reported June 7. 
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. PPE Manufacturer Adds Factory, Expects to Make 4.3B Nitrile Gloves
The company, which manufactures medical isolation gowns and nitrile gloves, expects construction to complete in January 2024. Health Supply US forecasts the South Carolina plant will create an annual supply of 4.3 billion nitrile gloves and triple current production levels.
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Source: Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. US to Tap 100 Children’s Hospitals in Vaccine Rollout for You Kids
In addition to public health clinics, pharmacies and community health centers, the U.S. plans to make vaccinations for kids younger than 5 available at more than 100 children’s hospitals and pop-up clinics at children’s museums.
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW 

8. White House Shifts Money From Testing, PPE to Buy Vaccines in the Fall
The White House is taking money from domestic testing manufacturing and equipment initiatives to ensure it has enough funding for new vaccines this fall, as a standoff with Congress over additional help lingers. 
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Source: Robert King of FIERCE Healthcare

9. US to End Testing Requirements for Incoming Air Travelers
The testing requirement will end at 12:01 a.m. June 12, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, the Post reported. The official said data indicates the requirement is no longer necessary, and that the CDC will reassess the decision in 90 days
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW 

10. WHO Warns Monkeypox Could Become ‘established’ Outside Africa: 5 details
Global health officials are warning of the potential for monkeypox to become endemic outside of Africa if the current outbreak isn’t contained, NBC News reported June 8. “The risk of monkeypox becoming established in non-endemic countries is real,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, the World Health Organization’s director-general, said during a June 8 press briefing. 
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW