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FEMA issues reminder on extra staff, DNV goes to some remote surveys

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of breaking news items posted on the Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center since Inside Accreditation & Quality was last published.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is reminding hospitals and other healthcare organizations to work with their state and local emergency preparedness agencies to manage requests for extra medical staff as COVID-19 resurges.

In an advisory posted August 18, FEMA officials said state, tribal, and territorial (STT) governments “across the nation are experiencing increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, resulting in renewed strains on medical personnel availability. FEMA and our interagency partners are working to support requests for additional medical staff and recognize there may be more solutions than the federal government alone can provide.”

FEMA said that “given the possible scarcity of medical personnel resources,” the federal government is asking that STT partners continue to work through their long-standing processes for dealing with emergencies and disasters, which typically “begin with local communities, healthcare systems and facilities, or medical associations interfacing with their STT departments of public health and emergency management agency for any unmet needs.”

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