Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Healthcare Organizations, an eBook

Business continuity for hospitals

continuity of operations planning (COOP) for healthcare business continuity thumbnail imageThe Joint Commission’s Emergency Management Standards require that every hospital have an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to address response and recovery from all hazards. The EOP is usually the centerpiece of emergency management planning, but additional plans targeted to more specific needs can supplement this basic framework.

An all-hazards COOP prioritizes the continuity of essential healthcare services for disaster preparedness

A Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) prioritizes the essential business functions organization must perform even in an emergency and then establishes means for ensuring that they continue. For hospitals, an all-hazards COOP ensures both the continuity of essential services to current patients and the capacity of the hospital to work with community partners to respond to a medical surge.

Complementing an EOP with a COOP can help hospitals meet regulatory requirements and, most importantly, protect the health and safety of patients and staff.

New CMS emergency preparedness requirements focus on continuity of operations

The 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules for risk assessment and emergency planning for Medicare and Medicaid providers require that plans consider numerous continuity factors, which can be easily included in a COOP:

  • Which business functions essential to hospital operations should be continued during an emergency?
  • What risks can the hospital reasonably expect to confront?
  • What contingencies should be planned for?
  • How will the location of the hospital, its clinics, offices, and suppliers impact emergency planning?
  • How extensive will the impact of emergencies be on hospital operations?
  • What arrangements with other hospitals, healthcare providers, suppliers, and other entities might be needed to ensure continuity of operations for essential services?

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