Are You Ready for the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule?
This post was originally published March 5, 2017. It has been updated to reflect clarifications released February 2019 and revisions proposed September 2018.
The date is set and the clock is ticking. Healthcare providers participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans must implement all regulations stipulated in the CMS emergency preparedness final rule by Nov. 15, 2017.
The impact of the CMS emergency preparedness final rule on hospitals and other facilities will vary. Some may already have robust plans for risk assessment, policies and procedures, communication, and testing and training, as the new emergency preparedness rule requires. Others will need to add that to their agenda.
Different types of facilities may also have different challenges, depending on their location and patient population:
- Threats specific to a climate or environment
- Limited community resources for collaboration
- Complex local or state rules governing emergency preparedness
The CMS emergency preparedness final rule is aimed at getting hospitals and other healthcare providers on the same page, so when disaster hits, a city, county or multi-state region can work together. Their collaboration ensures that the continuity of essential healthcare services is minimally disrupted. Revisiting risk assessments, policies and procedures, communication plans, and testing plans can ultimately help make your healthcare organization more agile in responding to a crisis. When a flood, tornado, pandemic, or violent act threatens your area, you’ll be able to mobilize the right resources instantly. Acting quickly helps preserve patient and employee safety and reduce recovery time.
Wherever you’re starting from, we all need to end up in the same place: prepared, connected, practiced, and confident. Fortunately, there’s still time to get there before the deadline.
To help, we’ve designed this short self-assessment that will help you identify the next steps you need to take to achieve readiness for the CMS emergency preparedness final rule, depending on where you are now. We’ll email your results and suggest resources you can use based on your current level of emergency preparedness.
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