December 19 – 25, 2022














1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ron Clinedinst is the duty officer for December. Jordan Rennie is the duty officer for January. 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

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition monthly meeting for January (12th) will be at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Thank you to the staff at SRMH for hosting the meeting. 

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1. COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.
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2. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health offers a weekly report that tracks visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for influenza-like illness.
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3. Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program (HAI High Sign Newsletter)
Our HAI/AR Program newsletter, the HAI High Sign is published on a regular basis and distributed electronically to hospital infection preventionists, key stakeholders from other healthcare facilities and membership organizations, as well as health department staff.
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 Clinician Outreach Communication Activity - Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.
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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

3. Medical Device Shortage Update

Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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New CMS Training Materials on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

Today, CMS released a new, high-level training video and infographic about the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). These public-facing materials provide a general overview of EMTALA requirements and information on how to file a complaint against a provider/supplier if an individual feels EMTALA has been violated.

EMTALA guarantees access to emergency medical services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay and protects against unnecessary patient transfer to another facility. This includes rights regarding:

  • Screening
  • Stabilizing treatment
  • Delay in examination or treatment
  • Appropriate transfer

Anyone can file an EMTALA complaint with the State Survey Agency. The State Survey Agency will investigate the issue and, when appropriate, verify corrective action is taken to ensure the hospital is no longer in violation of EMTALA.

For further information on EMTALA, visit CMS’ Quality, Safety and Education Portal (QSEP) at

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USFA Digest December 16, 2022

• Increasing the Focus on Fire and EMS Behavioral Health
• Evidence-Based Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for the EMS/911 Workforce
• More
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1. G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface
This one day course works best when delivered to Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center personnel from the same community. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface. Prerequisites: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents. Required for Advanced Professional Series certification.

Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 18, 2023

2. V450 ICS Train-the-Trainer
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization. Participants will learn valuable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Participants will review the content of each ICS course and develop teaching and facilitation strategies to support the delivery of ICS courses within their agency or organization. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will be authorized to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS for Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Participants completing V450 must be available as an ICS Sponsored Instructor for at least 12 months after completing this class.
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 25-26, 2023
8:00am to 4:30pm
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3. G205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role
This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 31 – February 1, 2023

4. Region 3 National Emergency Management Basic Academy
The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the essential program for individuals committed to emergency management as a professional goal. Similar to basic academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy provides learners with a broad foundation in emergency management policy and practice.
Where: Liberty University in Lynchburg
(L0101) Foundations of Emergency Management – August 14-18, 2023
(L0102) Science of Disaster – September 19-21, 2023
(L0103) Planning: Emergency Operations – October 17-18, 2023
(L0146) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) – November 15-16, 2023
(L0105) Public Information and Warning – December 12-14, 2023
To view current offerings and register for these courses, please log in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center:

5: HealthAware Q4 – 2022
Healthcare related open-source email bulletins geared towards issues relevant to healthcare professionals. These products will include information regarding security of facilities and active shooter readiness, pandemic and infectious disease information, bio-terrorism trends, and news and other healthcare related Shield content.

6: CIAware-December-2022
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.


7: All Sectors Bulletin Holiday Scams 2022
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.
All Sectors Bulletin Holiday Scams 2022

8: CyberAware December 2022 2 of 2
These products are a result of collaboration and cooperation from a variety of Shield programs and public safety orientated officials.
CyberAware December 2022 2 of 2



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Training Calendar

Webinar – Polio Resurgence: Guidance for Health Care Workers

Polio has once again caught the attention of public health and health care officials after a case of vaccine-derived poliovirus was reported in New York this summer—the first case in the United States in 10 years. In this webinar, experts share what you need to know about polio vaccines and CDC recommendations, patient management and post-polio syndrome, laboratory testing, and specimen handling and shipment. Continuing education credits are available for this webinar.
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Infection Prevention Education Series

NETEC has released a new education series on infection prevention and control for special pathogens. The courses in this program are designed for nurses, physicians, emergency responders, and other health care professionals—bringing you back to the basics of infection prevention and control. Earn up to 1.5 continuing education credits and complete the program in as little as 1.5 hours.
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1. Health Care Facility Special Pathogen Preparedness Checklist (Important)
A checklist to guide facilities through a review of their immediate care capabilities and links to resources that will help improve or fill gaps in preparedness.
Ebola Checklist for Frontline Health Care Facilities

2. Healthcare Worker Safety Gets New Emphasis From Federal Agencies
Two federal agencies re-emphasized their commitment to nursing home and other healthcare worker safety with actions in the past week, one of which included a request for permanent COVID standards.
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Source: Joe Bush of McKnights Long-Term Care News

3. Holiday decorations can cost a lot if it comes with a citation
Careful with those holiday decorations. They can bring joy, but too much joy can also bring a citation from CMS, accrediting organizations or the fire marshal’s office.
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Source: A.J. Plunkett of Accreditation & Quality

4. HHS: COVID-19 Flexibilities Apply to Flu, RSV Response Efforts
States and healthcare organizations can use regulatory flexibilities permitted under the COVID-19 public health emergency to address capacity challenges stemming from a severe respiratory virus season, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told governors this month, according to AHA News.
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Inmate Shot, Killed in Texas Hospital ER
A corrections officer fatally shot an inmate at Ascension Seton Hays Hospital on Dec. 12 after he allegedly tried to escape from the emergency room, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. COVID-19 Tests are Free Again Amid Case Uptick
The U.S. resumed its program that ships four free COVID-19 tests to every household Dec. 15 as the mostly vaccinated but scarcely boosted nation braces for a winter surge in cases. 
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Source: Erica Carbajal and Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. Feds Warn Healthcare Sector About LockBit 3.0 Ransomware Threat
HHS issued a brief Dec. 12 warning healthcare organizations about the cybersecurity risks associated with ransomware group LockBit 3.0.
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Source: Naomi Diaz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

8. Upset Patients to Rally at Brooklyn Hospital Over EHR Outages, Prescription Delays
Patients planned to rally in front of Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., over IT outages and delayed prescriptions there, News 12 in New Jersey reported Dec. 15.
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Source: Giles Bruce of BECKER’S HEALTH IT