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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Getting Started

In response to a 2008 Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendation,  the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) developed a Communities of Interest (COI) SharePoint site (i.e., a clearinghouse) to better disseminate information and manage documents; share promising practices and ideas; and provide a workspace where users from inside and outside HHS/ASPR can come together to share documents and ideas regarding the crisis standards of care (CSC) and allocation of scarce resources (ASR). HHS/ASPR uses the term "communities of interest" to describe and include all of the interested parties involved in CSC and ASR planning.  Learn more about the HHS/ASPR Communities of Interest.

Why is this important? No matter the catastrophe nor how suddenly or unexpectedly it occurs, a health system can become overwhelmed and stressed due to a disaster causing the potential disruption of medical care. To learn more about crisis standards of care and the allocation of scarce resources, please review the key documents below from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and RAND Corporation.

Crisis Standards of Care
Allocation of Scarce Resources
Sample Plans
Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities
Immediate Bed Availability