Hospital Preparedness Program Awardee End-of-Year report
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) enables health care systems to save lives during emergencies that exceed day-to-day capacity of health and emergency response systems. As the only source of federal funding that supports regional health care system preparedness, HPP promotes a sustained national focus to improve patient outcomes, minimize the need for supplemental state and federal resources during emergencies, and enable rapid recovery. HPP prepares the health care system to save lives through the development and sustainment of regional health care coalitions (HCCs) that incentivize diverse and often competitive health care organizations with differing priorities and objectives to work together. HPP funding support Individual health care organizations, HCCs, jurisdictions, and other stakeholders develop all-hazards preparedness and response capabilities outlined in the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities.
HPP program measures seek to evaluate program performance and track progress of HPP awardees towards meeting the core concepts of the Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities and the HPP Funding Opportunity Announcement. These measures are generally focused at the awardee and healthcare coalition levels. HPP’s awardees are required to report on the HPP performance measures annually 90 days after the end of each budget period. The data is self-reported by the awardee through an online data collection system. The data is then cleaned by HPP evaluation staff and verified with the awardees. The final data is compiled and stored in a central data warehouse and analyzed by HPP.
HPP’s awardees are required to report on the HPP performance measures annually 90 days after the end of each budget period. The data is self-reported by the awardee through an online data collection system. The data is then cleaned by HPP evaluation staff and verified with the awardees. The final data is compiled and stored in a central data warehouse and analyzed by HPP.
62 of 62 HPP awardees (100%) fully complete an annual End of Year progress report most years. In some instances, awardees are provided deadline extensions due to local challenges, usually a response to a regional disaster in and around the time of the report deadline.
Since 2003, HPP awardees have reported EOY reports to inform progress and performance. In 2012, HPP shifted focus from facility-based capacity building to the development and sustainment of regional health care coalitions in FY 2012 (HPP BP1 or HP2020 2014). In 2017, the focus was updated to focus on the role of HCCs as response agents by optimizing membership in coalitions to ensure maximum response and geographic coverage. The HPP performance measures changed from FY 2012 to FY 2013. The measures were the same from FY 2013 (HPP BP2 or HP2020 2015) through FY 2016 (HP2020 2018). Further, new performance measures have been established for the new two year project period starting in July 1, 2017 for FY 2017. However, the HP2020 objectives relative to HPP will remain the same in the new project period.
There are general verification and validation issues with any self-reported data. While HPP provides a performance measure implementation guidance to assist awardees and health care coalitions with understanding the intent of HPP performance measures and the data elements requested, we found that scores could fluctuate significantly from year to year, as it was subject to interpretation from the current respondent of the EOY report.