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GAO: Healthcare evacuations tie in better with federal planning

Hospital Safety Insider, May 6, 2008

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Federal authorities have made strides in better preparing to help hospitals and nursing homes transport patients and residents during community disasters, a government watchdog agency said.
 
Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update to a Congressional committee about recommendations it made in 2006 to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
 
Among the GAO’s observations:
  • HHS and DHS have worked with state and local departments of health in hurricane-prone areas to determine gaps in resources for hospital and nursing home evacuations
  • HHS has more work to do in specifically addressing how federal agencies will assist in nursing home evacuations



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