CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule | Self-Assessment Quiz

Take this short self-assessment to identify the next steps you need to take to achieve readiness for the CMS emergency preparedness rule. We’ll email your results and suggest resources you can use based on your current level of emergency preparedness. Email this to a...
Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness for Extreme Weather

Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness for Extreme Weather

The public was aghast at a viral photo of Texas nursing home residents sitting in waist-deep water after Hurricane Harvey. While the residents were eventually rescued — and the nursing home had followed the instructions of local authorities to shelter in place — the...
CMS Home Health Emergency Preparedness

CMS Home Health Emergency Preparedness

When discussion began around the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) emergency preparedness rule, home healthcare providers were quick to respond with concerns that some of the requirements would be especially difficult to meet before the November 2017 deadline....
CMS Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

CMS Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

Disasters that cross regional boundaries were a primary driver for updates to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) emergency preparedness rule. As part of its initial statement of purpose, CMS named widespread natural and manmade disasters — ranging from...
Planning for Collaboration: CMS Emergency Preparedness

Planning for Collaboration: CMS Emergency Preparedness

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) drafted emergency preparedness regulations, one of their stated goals was to address the “patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and guidelines” for emergency planning. The CMS emergency preparedness rule...
Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing: CMS Rule

Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing: CMS Rule

Emergency preparedness plans that seem great on paper can fall apart in practice. That’s why a crucial part of the CMS emergency preparedness rule is training and testing. Drills and exercises prepare your staff, service providers and volunteers for a disaster and...
Communication Plan, Collaboration and Continuity: CMS Rule

Communication Plan, Collaboration and Continuity: CMS Rule

Ensuring continuity of healthcare services in a disaster and having a common framework for collaborative emergency response are two of the motivations for the CMS emergency preparedness rule. Achieving these two goals requires hospitals and other healthcare facilities...
Policies and Procedures for Continuity: CMS Rule

Policies and Procedures for Continuity: CMS Rule

Many healthcare facilities are in the process of updating their emergency preparedness plans to meet the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deadline later this year. In a series of blog posts, we’ll address each of the key areas covered in the new CMS...
All-Hazards Approach: Risk Assessment for CMS Rule

All-Hazards Approach: Risk Assessment for CMS Rule

The clock has started ticking for healthcare facilities to comply with the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness rule. This post continues our series where we take a closer look at the CMS emergency preparedness...
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: What You Need to Know Now

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: What You Need to Know Now

On November 16, 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put into effect new emergency preparedness regulations for healthcare facilities. All Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers — including diverse types of facilities including...
Start Here: Hospital CMS Emergency Preparedness

Start Here: Hospital CMS Emergency Preparedness

You may be feeling overwhelmed by the hospital CMS Emergency Preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers issued last year. CMS expects all healthcare providers affected by this rule to comply by November 16, 2017. Not only...
Are You Ready for the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule?

Are You Ready for the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule?

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. The impact of the CMS emergency...