Feb
20

CMS 3178 Prepares Us for Events Like Oroville

CMS Compliance In November 2016, the CMS 3178 Final Rule was enacted, requiring CMS-participating Healthcare providers and suppliers to prepare All-Hazards Plans for Emergency Management, Communications, Training, and Exercises on an annual basis. These are required to be implemented at the site level prior to November 2017 in order to remain compliant under CMS Conditions…
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Oct
10

Safer after Fifteen Years?

Steven Brill’s article in the September Atlantic Monthly “IS AMERICA ANY SAFER? Part V sent me back to my filing cabinet. Coverage of the Dirty Bomb took me back twenty-eight years to President Reagan’s 1988 Executive Order 12656. The end of the COLD WAR was met by most with joy and hope for a less…
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Aug
30

Settling Gitmo Detainees in the U.S., Still Unsettling

The prospect of a movement of Gitmo prisoners to alternate locations in the U. S. has again raised its ugly head, as seen in this article. This action whether based on political or economic interests is one which must be carefully considered. Some years ago I wrote some articles on the dangers associated with such…
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Jun
17

WATCH THIS DATE: 15 September, 2015

Labor Day will be behind us and it is back to school for many. There may be signs that the summer heat will be gone soon. We should have a better idea about who will win the respective primaries. We may know more about climate change and what will we do if ISSL continues to…
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Apr
11

Still Unprepared for Chemical & Biological Events

An article in the latest issue of Homeland Security Today discusses Federal preparedness for a large scale Chemical or Biological event. According to the conclusion of experts: If America were to be beset by a biological or chemical weapons attack, who would be in charge of responding? According to the consensus of the post-9/11 Commission…
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Mar
13

New US Ebola Patient Reported

Just as we felt the Ebola Outbreak was well behind, we were reminded through two stories today: In the first, WHO reported the milestone of 10,000 dead from the outbreak and as seen in thr video below, USA Today announced a new case of Ebola in the United States:    

Nov
08

What is the AHA Doing about All Hazards?

In another example the lack of awareness and attention paid to All Hazards threats in the Healthcare industry, the 2015 Environmental Scan published by the American Hospital Association (AHA), in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, and Trustees Magazine, targeted to C-Suite executives and Board Directors, there was no mention of the triple threats of  more…
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Oct
26

Individual Rights or Public Safety?

It was bound to happen: After a few US Ebola cases, there would be calls for quarantine, something we warned of in our Aug. 19 post. A nurse returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa has been been quarantined on return to the US this Friday, although she appears to be asymptomatic and reportedly feels fine…
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Oct
25

What is ACHE Doing?

We found it incredible that the latest issue (November/December 2014) of Healthcare Executive Magazine, the flagship publication of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), had no mention of Ebola in the articles it ran. The biggest story on the planet, never mind healthcare, could not find room in the valuable real estate of the prestigious publication. Lack…
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Oct
21

Collective Failure of Healthcare Oversight

As we look at the obvious lack of preparedness for this recent outbreak of Ebola and subsequent spread to healthcare workers in the US, we looked back at our coverage on this issue from April this year, and July, and the inevitable spread to the US and wondered why we were so unready to treat the…
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