The Puerto Rican healthcare system, which serves the 3.4 million people devastated by Hurricane Maria, operates under patently unfair Medicaid and Medicare funding rules.
The House oversight committee is looking into how HHS prepared for and responded to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Some lawmakers have been concerned that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were treated differently than U.S. states in the wake of the storms.
Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente both evacuated patients from their Santa Rosa, Calif., hospitals as wind-whipped wildfires threatened thousands of homes and destroyed nearby buildings.
Behavioral health experts say that caring for the mental health of victims and their families after traumatic events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas last week is an essential part of disaster response.
The mass shooting in Las Vegas last week that left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured emphasizes a disturbing reality for hospitals and trauma centers: their communities are vulnerable to military-style injuries they must be prepared to treat.
Trauma centers conduct drills to prepare for situations including mass shootings to ensure they have the protocols in place to treat patients. Roughly 515 people have received treatment at Las Vegas hospitals after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Years of systemic issues within Puerto Rico's health system and a delay in government aid following Hurricane Maria could make for a much more difficult and longer recovery compared with similar relief efforts in Texas and Florida.
Price met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott to discuss Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Scott's administration has been dealing with accusations that it played a part in the death of eight nursing home residents.
New York City hospitals say they're stronger and readier than they were five years ago when Sandy struck the Northeast.
Houston's hospitals were well-prepared for Hurricane Harvey. In the past 10 years, hospitals in disaster-prone areas across the country have implemented both structural and operational safeguards to keep patients and staffers safe and prevent major damage.
Guest Commentary: As Texas hospitals learned in wake of Harvey, preparedness key to protecting livesSeptember 02, 2017
Health systems nationwide can learn vital lessons from Texas' planning and response to further strengthen their own preparedness and "harden" their facilities to all hazards.
More than a decade of rising awareness about the need for emergency preparedness, which began in southeast Texas after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, appears to have paid off.