HRSA Compliance

a guide for understanding HRSA standards, core measures, compliance, and accreditation.

What is HRSA?

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. According to HRSA, the agency "envisions optimal health for all, supported by a health care system that assures access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality care." Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, HRSA has 10 regional offices and employs approximately 1,600 people.

HRSA / ASPR Standards

The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 transferred the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP) from the Health Resources and Services Administration to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program Priorities

Required Funding Capabilities

The following capabilities MUST be prioritized and funded:

  • Interoperable Communications System
  • Bed Tracking System
  • Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP)
  • Fatality Management Plans
  • Hospital Evacuation Plans

Optional Funding Capabilities

The following program capabilities have been funding priorities in previous years. If funding permits, the following capabilities may be prioritized after the required funding capabilities, mentioned above, during the FY 2007 budget cycle:

  • Alternate Care Sites (ACS)
  • Mobile Medical Assets
  • Pharmaceutical Caches
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Decontamination

HRSA core measures / Overarching Requirements

The following components must be incorporated into the development and maintenance of ALL capabilities that are funded by the States and jurisdictions:

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Education and Preparedness Training
  • Exercises, Evaluations and Corrective Actions

How Response Systems can help your organization with HRSA

Response Systems can consult on Fatality Management and Evacuations Plans within the Mandatory Capabilities List. We can consult, train and help design exercises that prove in the plans and capabilities for all five Optional Funding Capabilities. Our physicians have experience beyond their hospital walls in managing these capabilities on a region wide basis. Our community based Emergency Management professionals assist in linking state and region planning with your facility.

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