Workplace Violence in Hospitals: 10 Steps to Preparedness

Workplace Violence in Hospitals: 10 Steps to Preparedness

A Thanksgiving-week shooting at a Chicago hospital provided a sad reminder that an active shooter incident can happen anytime and anywhere. A staff member at Mercy Hospital told the New York Times about the struggle to evacuate patients during the event: “You had to...
CMS Emergency Preparedness: Training & Testing

CMS Emergency Preparedness: Training & Testing

Original publication date: May 26, 2017. Updated September 21, 2018. 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...
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...