CMS announced yesterday that it is committed to taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 and other respiratory illness.
Specifically, CMS is suspending non-emergency inspections across the country, allowing inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse. This shift in approach will also allow inspectors to focus on addressing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
CMS is issued a memorandum to State Survey Agencies to provide important guidelines for the inspection process in situations in which a COVID-19 is suspected. Download the memo for more information.
The new Kansas Metro Healthcare Coalition website is now live. The website provides information about the coalition and the community we serve. Members are invited to register online for access to meeting information, agendas, and documents.
Visit www.ksmetrohcc.com or www.kshcc.com today. Seven healthcare coalitions united.
KANSAS CITY HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE
The mission of Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care is to bring expert care, peace of mind, comfort, guidance, and hope to people who are affected by life-limiting illness or by grief. And, our vision is each person in our community is valued from life through death and each family is supported in their grief. Kansas City Hospice & Palliative care is a a 501(c)(3) organization not-for-profit organization.
KCHPC sets itself apart by its committment to Kansas City, unmatched expertise, unparalled volunteers, and a dedicated care team for children.
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
ASPR TRACIE provides links to resources that can help providers and suppliers comply with the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Rule. ASPR TRACIE has compiled a Resources at Your Fingertips document that can help facilitate compliance with the four core elements of the CMS rule:
The website also references multiple emergency management resources, provider-specific resources, webinars, and presentations to assist your facilities.
KDEM hosts a statewide 800mHz radio roll call/test the first Monday of each month between 9am-11am.
Hospital members, please tune in to test KC3 interoperability and communications. Listen for your facility name to be announced and simply verify communication by responding hospital name "loud and clear."
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