June 20 – 26, 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.


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HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights today issued guidance on how HIPAA-covered health care providers and health plans can comply with privacy, security and breach notification requirements when using remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services, including after the COVID-19 public health emergency. The guidance addresses questions that HHS has received about whether, and in what circumstances, audio-only telehealth is permissible under the HIPAA rules. OCR has used its discretion in enforcing the HIPAA rules during the public health emergency.
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1. Information Session: Getting Ahead of HAIs with a Focus on Direct Care

AHA’s Living Learning Network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 21 at noon ET will host an information session on addressing health care-associated infections. Participants will gain the perspective of health care professionals involved in direct patient care, with opportunities to share challenges, creative solutions and lessons learned related to preventing HAIs. A separate session focused on indirect care will be held June 28.
Register Here

2. Updated Case-finding Guidance: Monkeypox Outbreak-United States, 2022

Since May 2022, monkeypox cases, which have historically been rare in the United States, have been identified in 18 states and territories among both persons returning from international travel and their close contacts domestically. Globally, more than 1,600 cases have been reported from more than 30 countries; the case count continues to rise daily. In the United States, evidence of person-to-person disease transmission in multiple states and reports of clinical cases with some uncharacteristic features have raised concern that some cases are not being recognized and tested.
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1. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

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

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CMS Reducing Vaccine Mandate Compliance Surveys
Inspectors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will no longer check for provider compliance with the staff COVID-19 vaccine mandate during all surveys. Oversight of the regulation will now be performed primarily in response to complaints alleging non-compliance with the requirement, rather than during all surveys
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Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News

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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 24

  • Office for Bombing Prevention Releases Mass Bomb Threat Awareness Products
  • CISA’s Secure Tomorrow Series Toolkit Builds Risk Awareness Improves Planning for Future Risks to Critical Infrastructure
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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. 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

3. 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

4. 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. CDC Urges Clinicians to Look for Wide Range of Monkeypox Symptoms
The CDC is encouraging clinicians to look out for a broad range of symptoms that might be signs of a monkeypox infection as the national case tally grows, Politico reported June 10. 
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. Biden to Unveil Plan for Next Pandemic While Seeking $88 Billion in Funds

The Biden administration is preparing a new defense strategy against pandemics and other biological threats that applies lessons from Covid-19 and puts the White House at the center of any future US response.
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Source: Riley Griffin and John Lauerman of Bloomberg

3. Omicron ‘sister variants’ Gain Traction in US
BA.4 and BA.5 — “sister variants” of the original omicron strain — are gaining prevalence in the U.S. and now account for about 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, CDC data shows. Early research suggests BA.4 and BA.5 aren’t more contagious than other omicron subvariants, but they may be better at evading immunity from a past infection, according to The Hill. There is also no evidence they cause more severe disease. 
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. WHO to Weigh Whether Monkeypox Outbreak is a Global Health Emergency: 5 Updates
The World Health Organization will convene this week to decide whether the monkeypox outbreak constitutes an international public health emergency. 
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Montana Hospital Reopens
Livingston (Mont.) HealthCare reopened June 15 after flood water forced the hospital campus to shut down.
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Source: Ayla Ellison of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. Biggest Threats to Healthcare Cybersecurity
“We are seeing now that hospitals understand that they must prepare for downtime procedures and clinical downtime procedures beyond 96 hours,” Mr. Riggi said. “They have to look at how they can continue safe, high quality patient care, for about three to four weeks.”
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Source: Naomi Diaz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

7. TikTok, Facebook Live not Appropriate for Telehealth Visits, HHS Says
Public-facing video services such as TikTok, Facebook Live and Twitch are not compliant with federal privacy regulations for use in telemedicine appointments, HHS said in a guidance.
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Source: Naomi Diaz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

8. Staff Poaching on Rise Amid Hospice Labor Shortage
As hospices continue to duke it out in the labor market, more providers are contending with competitors poaching their employees.
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Source: Holly Vossel of Hospice News

9. The Joint Commission Emergency Management Resources Effective July 1, 2022
What resources are available to assist with understanding the new Emergency Management Requirements for the Hospital and Critical Access Hospital programs?
Click here to find out.
Source: The Joint Commission

10. NETEC Preparing for Disease X, PPE & EMS Monkeypox Resources, & More
As outbreaks of Monkeypox and Lassa Fever continue throughout the world, the publication of Special Pathogens Readiness in the United States: From Ebola to COVID-19 and Beyond , a special supplement of the journal Health Security, has provided us with an opportunity to reflect upon the ways that NETEC, along with the 10 Regional Special Pathogens Treatment Centers (RESPTCs), pivoted to respond to COVID-19 as a novel pathogen.
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Source: NETEC

11. US Stocks up on Half a Million Monkeypox Vaccines
As CDC-reported cases of monkeypox rack up to 49 across 16 states and Washington, D.C., the U.S. ordered 500,000 more monkeypox vaccines from Bavarian Nordic.
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Source: Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

12. Facebook is Receiving Sensitive Medical Information From Hospital Websites
A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments—and sending it to Facebook.
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Source: Todd Feathers, Simon Fondrie-Teitler, Angie Waller, and Surya Mattu of The Markup