CMS Emergency Preparedness Myths & Realities
- Assess the community and facility risks from its perspective;
- Develop an Emergency Operations Plan, and policies and procedures based on those risks;
- Develop an Emergency Communications Plan;
- Train staff and volunteers on the procedures and policies;
- Conduct or participate in exercises that accurately test those plans, policies, and procedures.
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Incident Command structure should always be “just right” for the incident. It’s a modular system, not all-or-nothing!
by Rick Christ Current CMS Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Participation require an annual review of your emergency preparedness plan. Under the proposed rule, the plan “must be evaluated and updated at least every 2 years.” Not in the rule, but in...
by Rick Christ Currently, almost every provider type is required to participate in two exercises per year. One “should be” a “community full-scale exercise” while the other can be a tabletop. The original version of the current exercise standards was...
by Rick Christ Currently, the typical CMS regulation says this about the training requirement: The training and testing program must be reviewed and updated at least annually. (1) Training program. The hospital must do all of the following:(i) Initial...
by Rick Christ Barely ten months into the enforcement period of the Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Participation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing some rule changes that would “reform Medicare regulations that are...
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