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...