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Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response News

News stories from the past 60 days.

The Joint Commission Issues Updated Emergency Management Requirements for Hospital, Ambulatory, Home Health and Hospice Settings
Nov 3, 2017 - The Joint Commission announced updates to its emergency management requirements for hospital, Critical Access Hospital, ambulatory, home health, and hospice settings in an effort to help healthcare organizations more effectively plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. These updates will be effective November 15, 2017.
Source: The Joint Commission
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CMS Offers Medicare Enrollment Relief for Americans Affected by Recent Disasters
Oct 30, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving individuals who have been impacted by the wildfires in California and the recent hurricanes additional time to enroll in Medicare Part B and premium-Part A if they were unable to make a request during the initial and special enrollment periods.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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'Katrina Brain': The Invisible Long-Term Toll of Megastorms
Oct 12, 2017 - Highlights the long-term psychological impacts experienced by people who have been through a hurricane or other catastrophic natural disaster and how this increases the need for behavioral health in the areas affected. Also touches on secondary trauma, where people who merely observe the event from afar experience psychological effects from witnessing the devastation and human suffering.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Last Updated: 11/6/2017