links for 2009-08-27
August 27, 2009
Now, I don't usually delve into politicky discussions, but this is a great editorial in the latest NEJM about how the health care reform debate currently happening across the country is absolutely linked with public health preparedness. Without a robust public health infrastructure, health care simply costs more money. Without a robust public health infrastructure, disasters and emergencies exacerbate vulnerabilities. People die every day because our health care system is not able to help them. People die in every disaster because our health care system breaks after a slight breeze.
CMS has released guidance about how hospitals can deal with a potential influx of patients due to H1N1 flu. This document is important because while it won't (hasn't) gotten the attention of the media, it shows actually what will and can happen during a severe outbreak. These are technical details that will ultimately inform what has to happen and contributes mightily to planning efforts. Did you know that it's legal now for communities to set up influenza screening clinics that are not required to perform full medical screening exams, for example? A quick read, and I would argue, worth it.
The big report that everyone's been talking about, definitely worth the time to read it all. This is a direct PDF download.