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As California Continues to Face Disasters, Hospitals Remain Ready

If you were in Northern California last Thursday, there’s a good chance you felt the 6.0-magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was south of Lake Tahoe. Many of our member hospitals did as well, and within 30 minutes our RVPs had connected with 37 hospitals to get status updates; within 90 minutes, RVPs had been in touch with over 100 hospitals.

Thanks to planning and preparation, your hospital buildings reacted exactly as they are supposed to during an earthquake. Today, more than 96% of all patient care buildings have met the state’s rigorous seismic safety construction standards — the remaining buildings are required to come into compliance no later than 2025. This means patients and workers will be safe when the next earthquake strikes.

However, a number of California hospitals have not yet been able to meet the 2030 seismic operational standard, which requires that all hospital buildings be operational after an earthquake.

Understanding the stability of our buildings and the deep experience our hospitals have in preparing and managing disaster response, CHA continues to advocate to modernize the 2030 requirements. The team is working to address the 2030 seismic standard by refocusing the requirement on post-event emergency medical services and giving hospitals until 2037 to comply.  

Last week was a good reminder of how our hospitals are prepared today for disasters. Hospitals are committed to being there to care for all, but they must have flexibility to adapt in times of crisis.

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Medical Certification Needed for PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program

In 2020, PG&E waived the requirement for medical practitioners to certify a patient’s request to enroll in its Medical Baseline Program. However, this temporary waiver allowing customers to self-certify their eligibility to enroll ended on June 30, and a signature from a qualified medical practitioner is now required.

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Webinar Designed to Prepare Hospitals for Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Hospital Council and CHA will host a webinar on public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) on Aug. 3 from 10 to 11:15 a.m. (PT).

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Funding Available for Telehealth Expansion Projects

The California Department of Health Care Services is using available federal grant funding for a Medication Assisted Treatment access points telehealth expansion project throughout the state.

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RVP Roundup

Here’s a look at how Hospital Council’s RVPs have been working on behalf of hospitals over the past few weeks.

On June 29, Contra Costa County issued a health order requiring workers in hospitals and other high-risk settings to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or wear face coverings on the job and get tested weekly for the virus.