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HHS/ASPR and CMS re-launch HHS emPOWER Map 2.0

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The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently re-launched the HHS emPOWER Map 2.0. Building on prior successes and partner recommendations, emPOWER Map 2.0 now offers a streamlined format to enhance each user’s experience and an expanded set of near real-time hazard tracking capabilities and base map options that can help emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities in every community. The map continues to feature the monthly de-identified total of Medicare beneficiaries that have a claim for 13 types of electricity-dependent medical and assistive equipment (e.g. oxygen concentrators, enteral feeding, dialysis, electric wheelchairs, etc.) and cardiac implantable devices. This information provides enhanced situational awareness and actionable information that can assist community partners – from health care to first responders to utility companies and others – more rapidly identify areas and at-risk populations that may be impacted and provide assistance in the event of severe weather, wild fires, earthquakes and other disasters. In the future, state public health authorities also will be able to access the forthcoming HHS emPOWER Initiative Portal through this site. more

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