CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist

CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist

CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist Follow these steps to make CMS emergency preparedness compliance simpler and more effective When it comes to emergency preparedness, CMS surveyors expect hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers to be...

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule | Self-Assessment Quiz

Take this short self-assessment to identify the next steps you need to take to achieve best practices for hospital emergency preparedness, including compliance with regulations and standards such as the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and Joint Commission Emergency...
All-Hazards Risk Assessment: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

All-Hazards Risk Assessment: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Original publication date: April 3 2017. Updated January 15, 2019 This post continues our blog series on how to comply with the CMS emergency preparedness rule (PDF), specifically the requirement to use an all-hazards approach to risk assessment. CMS requires an...
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...
How to Build Resilience and Reduce Nurse Burnout (Webinar)

How to Build Resilience and Reduce Nurse Burnout (Webinar)

Pulled between a commitment to excellent patient care and the perception that they can never keep up with increasing demand, 70 percent of nurses have experienced burnout. In this on-demand webinar, you’ll learn strategies and technology to improve care team...
Make the Business Case for Real-Time Healthcare Technology

Make the Business Case for Real-Time Healthcare Technology

The digital transformation of healthcare delivery is well underway. Improving care outcomes while increasing time and resource efficiency is the top-of-mind objective for healthcare leaders. To achieve that objective, organizations need to be able to act and react in...
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...
Nursing Communication Tools: 5 Benefits of Smartphones

Nursing Communication Tools: 5 Benefits of Smartphones

Should nurses be using smartphones at work as nurse communication tools? It’s a question every healthcare facility is going to have to answer. Consider the widespread use of smartphones today: 95 percent of Americans own a cellphone of some kind, and 77 percent own a...
Nurses Are Already Resilient: What Hospitals Can Do to Help

Nurses Are Already Resilient: What Hospitals Can Do to Help

Does your healthcare facility know FRED? Chances are, there’s a FRED in many hospital and long-term care facilities. In a Nursing Executive Center (NEC) report, one frontline nurse described the nursing model of American hospital as: Frantically Running Every Day How...
Healthcare Team Communication Tools to Reduce Nurse Burnout

Healthcare Team Communication Tools to Reduce Nurse Burnout

From EMRs to Internet-enabled medical devices, for many years healthcare IT development focused on the needs of physicians, reveals a Global eHealth Executive Council research brief. “Nurses’ needs, interests and perspectives were often overlooked or minimized by IT...
Tech Could Lower Heathcare Delivery Toil by 50%

Tech Could Lower Heathcare Delivery Toil by 50%

Tech could lower healthcare delivery toil by 50% By 2022, 50% of the unnecessary “toil” embedded in nursing and care team workflows will be reduced or eliminated through targeted automation, artificial intelligence and analytics,Gartner report finds....
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...
8 Tips for Severe Weather Emergency Planning for Hospitals

8 Tips for Severe Weather Emergency Planning for Hospitals

Hospital preparedness for a severe weather emergency helps your facility provide the healthcare services your community and patients need during a natural disaster. Depending on your region, your hospital or health system may need to plan for severe weather...
Preparing Your Hospital for a Severe Weather Emergency

Preparing Your Hospital for a Severe Weather Emergency

Preparing Your Hospital for a Severe Weather Emergency How to put a severe weather emergency management plan in place now Severe weather emergency preparedness is essential to ensure continuity of operations for hospitals during hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, storm...
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 the CMS emergency preparedness rule to comply by...
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...