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Commentary: Health systems must respond to climate change now

Commentary: Health systems must respond to climate change now

By Dr. Karen DeSalvo and Christine Petrin  |  October 13, 2018

Now is the time to take a proactive approach. No community can afford to wait for disaster to strike before strengthening its public health and healthcare system infrastructure.

Eight hospitals evacuate patients in wake of Hurricane Michael

Eight hospitals evacuate patients in wake of Hurricane Michael

By Tara Bannow  |  October 12, 2018

Eight hospitals have evacuated patients in the wake of Hurricane Michael, although five of those remain open for emergency patients. HCA Healthcare and Universal Health Services are among those transferring patients out of damaged facilities.

Recovering from Florence, hospitals get an outside assist

Recovering from Florence, hospitals get an outside assist

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 19, 2018

North Carolina hospitals affected by Hurricane Florence are working to get back to normal operations, thanks in part to collaboration with the state, supply chain partners and healthcare providers in less affected areas, like Atrium Health.

Hospitals face Hurricane Florence head on

Hospitals face Hurricane Florence head on

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 14, 2018

North Carolina hospitals hunkered down and waited for emergency patients to arrive after Hurricane Florence pummeled the coast near Wrightsville Beach on Friday morning.

Hospitals in the Carolinas prep for Hurricane Florence

Hospitals in the Carolinas prep for Hurricane Florence

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 11, 2018

Coastal hospitals that have long endured threats from hurricanes have launched into time-tested emergency preparations this week, while inland hospitals are gearing up to take in acute patients to be transferred from the coast.

Puerto Rico's slow recovery leaves health system exposed for next major storm

Puerto Rico's slow recovery leaves health system exposed for next major storm

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 08, 2018

Puerto Rico's long-term public health challenges after Hurricane Maria have also hindered many providers' preparations for the current hurricane season, raising concerns over what harm another major storm would wreak to a health system that hasn't fully recovered.

Week Ahead: Zika webinar planned by the CDC

Week Ahead: Zika webinar planned by the CDC

By Matthew Weinstock  |  August 11, 2018

There's no shortage of webinars focused on public health issues this week, including Zika, preparing for infectious disease outbreaks on public transit, and better explaining genomics to patients.

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

FEMA's unpreparedness hurt providers in 2017 hurricane season

By Alex Kacik  |  July 16, 2018

FEMA didn't have the infrastructure in place to share information quickly enough to properly react to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, according to its after-action report. That left many providers in the dark as they tried to recover.

CMS finalizes disaster policy for hospitals in bundled-pay program

CMS finalizes disaster policy for hospitals in bundled-pay program

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 08, 2018

The CMS finalized a natural disaster policy for hospitals in the mandatory Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, in the hopes of not penalizing hospitals if they exceed spending goals due to uncontrollable events.

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

2017 Healthcare Year in Review

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 16, 2017

For much of 2017, attention was on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. By the end of the year, though, industry trends pointed toward the market reshaping itself through mergers and new offerings.

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