Most hos­pi­tals meet pre­pared­ness tar­gets: HHS

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Roughly 76% of hos­pi­tals that par­tic­i­pate in HHS’ Hos­pi­tal Pre­pared­ness Pro­gram met 90% or more of pro­gram mea­sures for all-haz­ards pre­pared­ness, HHS an­nounced. The data came from a new re­port from Dr. Ni­cole Lurie, HHS’ as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for pre­pared­ness and re­sponse. The re­port, called From Hos­pi­tals to Health­care Coali­tions: Trans­form­ing Health Pre­pared­ness and Re­sponse in Our Com­mu­ni­ties, in­cludes state-by-state re­ports on par­tic­i­pat­ing hos­pi­tals’ com­ple­tion of the pro­gram mea­sures. About 85% of the nation’s hos­pi­tals par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to HHS. Lurie, in her in­tro­duc­tory letter in the re­port, said the Hos­pi­tal Pre­pared­ness Pro­gram must be re­spon­sive to lessons learned from dis­as­ters such as Ja­pan’s earth­quake and be flex­i­ble in meet­ing com­mu­nity needs. That will be en­cour­aged by bet­ter align­ment with other fed­eral pre­pared­ness grant pro­grams, in­creased em­pha­sis on broader, com­mu­ni­ty­wide ap­proaches, and the de­vel­op­ment and use of ad­di­tional met­rics, Lurie wrote.

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