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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2698, 7/7/2015
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HHS Announces Disaster Preparedness Tool to Improve Resilience of Home-Based Care
CMS Holding Open Door Forum on Wednesday, July 8
For Your Information: NAHC Live Web Event on Hospice Vulnerabilities to be Held on July 16
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HHS Announces Disaster Preparedness Tool to Improve Resilience of Home-Based Care

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a disaster preparedness tool to help communities prepare for and respond to the needs of individuals who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment in their homes. The tool, which is called HHS emPOWER MAP, is a Geographic Information System that integrates patient data with severe weather tracking.

Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response, explained the tool’s importance due to the increase in home-based care.  “With the rise in home-based care, real-time awareness of population-level needs, and the ability to respond to them, is critical,” explained Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “Better planning helps communities respond better and recover faster, and that’s where our emPOWER Map can provide the greatest benefit.”

The HHS emPOWER Map works by providing the total number of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiary claims for electricity dependent equipment and incorporating this data with a real-time sever weather tracking system. The weather tracking system was developed in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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CMS Holding Open Door Forum on Wednesday, July 8

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 3:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time.

CMS asks that participants call in at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

To participate by phone, dial 1-800-837-1935 and Reference Conference ID: 21624265. RSVP is not required for those participating by phone.

For more information regarding the forum agenda and further instructions from CMS.

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NAHC Live Web Event on Hospice Vulnerabilities to be Held on July 16

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 1 p.m. Eastern, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will host a live Web event exploring hospice vulnerabilities and providing guidance on how hospices can assess risk and tailor its practices to achieve full compliance.  Registration is available at reduced rates for NAHC members; attendees can choose to participate live or purchase access to a program recording for viewing at a later date. Nursing CEs will be offered.  For previous NAHC Report article on the event, click here.

To register, please click here.

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