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HAP Testimony
Comments regarding the Commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program

HAP Testimony
On Pennsylvania hospitals’ Ebola preparedness

HAP Memo 15-03
Preparing for World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit Sept 21-27 (Feb 2015)

Key Facts
On Ebola virus preparations in PA hospitals

PA Regional Task Forces Map
Map of PA emergency preparedness regions

Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Project
Overview of the HAP and DOH preparedness initiative

Comment Letter
On proposed rule on emergency preparedness conditions of participation

HAP Statement
Statement on Preventing Injuries and Deaths from Firearms

Regional Managers

North Central/Northwest Central
Tom Kerchinski Sr.

Northeast/East Central
Jason Tomashunas


Mark Ross

South Central/South Central Mountain
Scott Mickalonis

Jason Brown

Regional Impact

As part of a major metropolitan area, southeastern Pennsylvania has developed a strong disaster preparedness infrastructure. Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and health care facilities have adopted a zone structure to support effective communication and mutual support in the event of a disaster. The region holds joint training exercises and has developed media protocols and other tools for use during emergencies. Learn more

CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) Updated Standards for Emergency Preparedness

The Centers for Medicare & Medcaid Services (CMS) has issued new Emergency Preparedness rules that will mandate an emergency preparedness program built on a “comprehensive framework” of risk assessment; plans, policies, and procedures; baseline capabilities for continuity of operations during emergencies; training and exercises; and interaction with local emergency management organizations. Compliance with the new rule and provisions impacts all facilities, providers, and suppliers of Medicare and Medicaid services.

The new rule was published in the Federal Register September 16, 2016. It goes into effect November 15, 2016, and must be implemented November 15, 2017, by all providers and suppliers of Medicare and Medicaid services. The final CMS rule is available online.

Background:  CMS has been working on updated CoPs for Emergency Preparedness for more than seven years. This update reflects needs identified from the study about issues impacting health care system operations, as well as patient and staff safety from attacks of September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, H1N1, Hurricane Sandy, Ebola, and numerous man-made and natural disasters that have occurred during recent years. The changes more closely align the CoPs with current Joint Commission Accreditation Standards for Hospitals, but apply to all providers and suppliers with specific requirements for 17 categories of providers and suppliers beyond hospitals to include transplant centers and organizations, critical access hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices, and home health agencies, to name a few. More information is available in the CMS release.

HAP and DOH Partner to Improve Emergency Response in Pennsylvania

HAP and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are partnering in a five-year initiative to support and enhance health care preparedness and response efforts across the state.   

As part of this initiative, HAP staff is available to assist all Pennsylvania health care facilities, whether HAP members or not, with:

  • Facility and regional all-hazards planning, training, and exercises 
  • Development of regional Hazard Vulnerability Assessments     
  • Enhancement of regional and cross-regional Mutual Aid Agreements     
  • Implementation of Knowledge Center—a statewide, web-based situational awareness and health care coordination program ·         
  • Providing staff support of health and medical personnel at the local, regional, or state level        
  • Participation in coalition (health and medical committee) meetings and support with regional planning and response coordination   

If you would like help with your disaster planning and coordination efforts, please contact HAP’s emergency preparedness regional manager for your region.  

Regional Activity


Contact: Tom Kerchinski Sr. at (814) 594-3882

No activities currently scheduled


Contact: Jason Tomashunas at (570) 466-1356

No activities currently scheduled



No activities currently scheduled


Contact: Mark Ross at (610) 656-2497

No activities currently scheduled


Contact: Scott Mickalonis at (484) 368-9050

Southcentral PA Healthcare Coalition

Coalition Meetings:

November 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

February 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

May 10, 2018 at 9:00 am

August 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

November 8, 2018 at 9:00 am

Hospital Subcommittee:

Meetings held the second Thursday of every month at 9:00 am (except for Coalition meeting months)

Long Term Care Subcommittee:

Next meeting October 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

Home Health and Hospice Subcommittee:

Meetings held the third Monday of every month at 10:00 am (except for Coalition meeting months)

EMS Subcommittee:

Meetings held the fourth Thursday of every month at 10:00 am (except for Coalition meeting months)

Training Classes:

Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT)-  March 5 and 6, 2018

Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT)- August 6 and 7, 2018

Southcentral Mountains Healthcare Coalition

Coaltion Meetings:

Meetings held the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm


Contact: Jason Brown at (717) 395-1599

No activities currently scheduled


Sign Up for:

Knowledge Center Healthcare Incident Management System
Web-based tool to aid emergency managers and health care facility leadership with management of emergency incidents

PA Health Alert Network (PA-HAN)
Provides health-related alerts from the PA Health Alert Network to registered recipients

PA Facilities Resource Emergency Database
Provides information about an emergency to providers in affected areas and enables providers to report information about available resources


State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania
Hospital staff (of all disciplines) interested in volunteering during disasters should register with the Department of Health's SERVPA website

Health Facility Resources:

Medical Surge Management Series
DOH guidance for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from incidents that result in a surge in the demand for medical care beyond what the existing health care system can provide

FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals
Provides an overview of FEMA's reimbursement process for declared disaster-related expenses

HHS HPP Guidance for Health Care Systems
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hospital preparedness program guidance


PA Prepared Learning Management System
Web-based education programs related to public health and emergency preparedness

Related News

July 31, 2018

Federal Blue Ribbon Panel on Biodefense Features Hospital Preparedness, Highlights PA’s Coordinated Preparedness

In testimony before today’s meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D, PA) spoke about his efforts to reauthorize the hospital preparedness program and pointed to Pennsylvania as a leader in adopting a coordinated regional approach to preparedness.

July 13, 2018

Federal Task Force Created to Address Critical Drug Shortages

Addressing concerns about the continuing shortage of critical drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday released a statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announcing the formation of a federal task. The task force will investigate the causes of the shortages and recommend solutions to ensure appropriate supplies of medications are always available.

June 22, 2018

Federal Officials Press FDA to Address Drug Shortages

Members in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to exercise its authority to the fullest extent possible to address drug shortages.

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Related Blogs

September 26, 2014

Be Prepared: The Boy Scout Motto Still Holds True!

Fellow health care colleagues and first responders, we all have experience in preparing for and responding to emergencies, from the impact of severe weather to the emergence of new diseases. We know what we need to do during these events; however, if a disaster happened today, would you―as a person, and not a health care professional or first responder—be ready?

February 14, 2014

Shelter from the Storm

How 300 seniors got warm again thanks to southeastern Pennsylvania’s spirit of cooperation and readiness for emergencies.

December 16, 2013

How would we fare if November’s tornadoes hit here?

Excellent forecasting and communication are credited with keeping loss of life and injuries to a minimum, but what if the tornadoes had hit here?

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