“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently unveiled new disaster preparedness requirements that affect more than 72,000 healthcare providers across the country – including nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and even home health agencies.
“After careful consideration of stakeholder comments on the proposed rule, this final rule requires Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers to meet the following four common and well known industry best practice standards.
1. Emergency plan: Based on a risk assessment, develop an emergency plan using an all-hazards approach focusing on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters specific to the location of a provider or supplier.
2. Policies and procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment.
3. Communication plan: Develop and maintain a communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law. Patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across health care providers, and with State and local public health departments and emergency systems.
4. Training and testing program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.
SOURCE: CMS news release
IlluminAge will be holding a free webinar to discuss the resources we’re providing to facilities to help meet these new requirements. This include a checklist and video that tells you specifically what you’ll need and what tools are available to ensure your compliance.”