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Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) created a new emergency preparedness guidance for Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) organizations. The HPH Risk Identification and Site Criticality (RISC) Toolkit provides public and private organizations with “an objective, data-driven all-hazards...

The Results are in: National Health Security Preparedness Index 2014

The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is one the nation’s premier utilities for assessing the performance of American health care systems. NHSPI recently released its National Index Results for 2014. The data evaluates health care systems on the basis of six domains, 18 sub-domains, and 194 different proficiency measures within...

Government Officials Find “Continued Deficiencies” in VA Healthcare &Facilities

U.S. government officials have been sounding off this week on the state of VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) health facilities and healthcare management in the United States. Yesterday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) issued a letter to the president titled, “Continued Deficiencies at Department of Veterans Affairs’ Facilities,”...

VA Inspector General Finds 1,700 Veterans “Forgotten or Lost” Within Healthcare System

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released today an Interim report that investigates allegations of “gross mismanagement…and criminal misconduct” by VA officials at the Phoenix Health Care System (PHCS). Allegations reported to the OIG Hotline indicated that the mismanagement and misconduct...

How Animal Antibiotics Threaten Public Health

In industrial food animal production (IFAP), using antibiotics as a preventative measure rather than a therapeutic one has been common practice for several decades. Now, a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (JHCLF) finds that the continued overuse of antibiotics in livestock has lead to dangerous...

Defining Standards of Care During a Crisis

Disasters can overwhelm a health care system so quickly that delivery of medical services can be very difficult. In a new report the Institute of Medicine developed guidance that health care professionals can use to establish a standard of care during a disaster. The report “Crisis Standards of Care: A...

New Report on Foodborne Illness and the Food Safety Working Group

The Federal Food Safety Working Group Progress Report, December 2011 The White House has released a new report on the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG). The FSWG was created by President Obama in March 2009. The group is a “central coordinating mechanism for the federal government’s food safety activities that...