Friday, February 10, 2012

Keeping an Eye on Disaster

Everyone knows the effects a disaster can have on a community. The devastation from the Joplin, Missouri tornados last year is a stark reminder of just how important it is to be prepared. When it comes to nursing home and assisted living residents, however, facility staff and first responders face even greater challenges to have protocols in place and carry out them out effectively.

So it’s timely that the AHCA Disaster Planning Committee met in Washington D.C. yesterday to discuss just that. Getting an early start on hurricane season, the committee had a full agenda that highlighted everything from best practices for electronic resident identification to reimbursement issues for disaster expenses to developing guidance and tools for ethical issues, power supply and more.

The Committee also heard from Kristen Finne of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response for the Department of Health and Human Services, on building a health care coalition with long term and post-acute care providers at the regional level.

This year the Committee is promoting its Nursing Home Incident Command project, which enhances communication between facility staff and first responders. Hear more about the project from Tim Graves, president of the Texas Health Care Association and chair of the Disaster Planning Committee.

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