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Hospital Preparedness and Response to Emerging Infectious Diseases

Several HHS agencies, including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) provide resources, i.e., guidance and support, for hospitals as they prepare for emerging infectious disease threats. Prior OIG work identified shortcomings in such areas as community preparedness for a pandemic (2009) and hospital preparedness for a natural disaster (i.e., Superstorm Sandy, 2013). We will describe hospitals' efforts to prepare for the possibility of public health emergencies resulting from emerging infectious disease threats. Additionally, we will determine hospitals' use of HHS resources and identify lessons and challenges faced by hospitals as they prepare to respond to emerging infectious disease threats, such as Ebola.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Completed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Preparedness and Response to Emerging Infectious Diseases Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-06-15-00230 2018