Use this CMS emergency preparedness checklist to ensure that your healthcare emergency management program is comprehensive and compliant. This checklist can guide emergency managers and emergency preparedness team members to get the most out of your current plans, policies and procedures, and community resources.
Updates to the CMS emergency preparedness final rule have been under discussion since it went into effect in September 2016. On February 1, 2019, CMS released an update to the emergency preparedness rule. This update went into effect immediately. Other proposed changes remain works in progress. Here are some of the key changes, effective and proposed, that may affect your healthcare delivery organization.
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 the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Receive your results and resources you can use based on your current level of emergency preparedness.
Emergency preparedness training and testing of your emergency plans is a crucial part of the CMS emergency preparedness rule. Emergency management plans that seem great on paper can fall apart in practice. Drills and exercises prepare your staff for a disaster and give your organization’s leadership the opportunity to find problems in a low-stakes setting. Learn about CMS’s requirements in this post.
Learn about the four vital pieces in the communication plan required for CMS emergency preparedness rule compliance. Ensuring continuity of healthcare services in a disaster and having a common framework for collaborative emergency response require hospitals and other healthcare facilities to have an emergency communication plan. Of all the elements of the CMS emergency preparedness rule, the communication plan may be the most important – and the most difficult.
Learn what policies and procedures you need to comply with the CMS emergency preparedness rule, which requires hospitals to cover six critical factors in policies and procedures. Your healthcare facility will need to regularly review and update your documented emergencies plans — such as an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) or Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) — with up-to-date policies and procedures to maintain compliance with the CMS emergency preparedness rule.
Learn about all-hazards risk assessment. A fundamental requirements of the CMS emergency preparedness rule is the approach to risk assessment. An all-hazards approach is an integrated approach to emergency preparedness planning that focuses on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters. This post continues our guidance on CMS emergency preparedness compliance.
The date is set and the clock is ticking. Healthcare providers participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans must implement all emergency preparedness regulations stipulated in the CMS emergency preparedness rule by Nov. 16. This is the first in a series of blog posts examining the specific emergency preparedness compliance required by CMS.
The date is set and the clock is ticking. Healthcare providers participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plans must implement all emergency preparedness regulations stipulated in the CMS emergency preparedness rule by Nov. 15.
Enterprise-wide hospital communication and coordination requires a real-time collaboration platform. Learn how you can achieve individual, group, and enterprise-wide notification and response and coordinate across boundaries seamlessly. Resolve adverse events more rapidly by reaching an individual, a team, a department or your entire hospital or health system staff in minutes — with a single, open and flexible hospital communication and coordination platform.
Real-time emergency management requires real-time mobile communication and collaboration solutions. Make it easier to prepare for and respond to disruptions, emergencies and disasters with a proven system for all phases of emergency management, purpose-built for healthcare. See how LiveProcess can help you improve healthcare emergency management at every level of your organization, including health systems, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public agencies and regional coalitions.
The season for hurricanes, wildfires approaches. As you develop your severe weather emergency preparedness capabilities, consider these eight hospital emergency planning tips.
Inefficient care coordination is one of the biggest complaints reported by both healthcare providers and patients. Finding solutions to this problem starts with identifying where the status quo is falling short. In this post, we dig into complex clinical workflows and the key reasons why they generate stress, slowdowns, and patient dissatisfaction. Then we look at how healthcare team communication technology can help.
Learn how situational awareness applies to hospital operations every day. When healthcare leaders talk about improving processes for better, more responsive care delivery, situational awareness is a key concept. Shared situational awareness mobilizes a swift and appropriate response across departments. Each member of the healthcare team can take the right action independently, without waiting for a meeting or phone call.
In this eBook, learn how healthcare communication technology can provide real-time enterprise-wide situational awareness and resource orchestration to drive transformation in care delivery in your hospital or health system.
When hospitals adopt new healthcare team communication technology, they intend that the technology will help clinicians and staff meet care delivery goals. Why do some communication tools meet with clinician resistance—and how can that change? Learn five key factors that increase technology adoption while improving care coordination and clinical workflows.
When hospitals create and train on an emergency management plan for workplace violence in healthcare, staff are better able to carry out their responsibilities even in the midst of fear and chaos. This emergency management checklist for workplace violence can help your hospital prepare and respond more effectively, so all personnel can keep moving forward in an effort to reduce the risk to patients and staff.
Watch now. This on-demand webinar explores the most pervasive stressors in the care environment and how to improve communication.
Physician Pager Replacement, Hospital Notification, and Disaster Management With One Communication Tool: Duncan Regional Hospital
Hospital paging and disaster communication systems have something in common: reaching people quickly and reliably. This case study shows how one hospital got a disaster management system for tornadoes and wildfires, and realized it was the perfect hospital communication system for replacing physician pagers, too. See this hospital’s results.
A Real-Time Health System (RTHS) is the result of a business IT strategy that prioritizes the adoption of technologies aligned with specific goals and performance metrics. The possibilities described in this post are tangible and achievable. Demonstrating the link between clinical communication and collaboration technology and enterprise goals makes a compelling business case.
Should nurses be using smartphones at work as nurse communication tools? Learn the advantages of using a smartphone as part of a hospital communication system and nurse communication tool to improve nursing job satisfaction, healthcare efficiency, and collaboration while reducing nurse burnout.
Frontline nurses report feeling isolated in a crowd due to new care protocols, heavy workloads, hospital design, and new technology. As an advocate for the power of healthcare team communication technology to improve care workflow and patient care, I believe users can and should experience technology as a clear net positive. Learn best practices for the use of healthcare communication technology in hospitals.
Nurse staffing is a perennial issue for hospital leadership. If it were merely an issue of nurse-to-patient ratios, the problem might be easier to solve. Nurse workload is only part of the story. This post looks at how to address the emotional aspects driving nurses’ stress over staffing levels.
Workers in health care settings are four times more likely to be victimized than workers in private industry. Because stress drives nursing burnout, healthcare leaders must address factors that cause worry and fear, not just busyness. Learn about actions you can take to reduce the stress of nurses caused by concerns about workplace violence and safety.
The Nursing Executive Center has identified four ways in which healthcare organizations can help build a work environment in which nurses have the time and tools to do their work professionally, at a high standard, with less stress. While healthcare leadership cannot change the kinds of stresses nurses and other care providers face, you can implement healthcare communication technology to give your staff the tools they need to reduce the time they spend frantically running around every day (FRED).
Hospital noise has a long history. “All hurry and bustle is peculiarly painful to the sick.” As you might expect, patients who experience noisy hospital environments and sleep disruption have lower satisfaction. In this blog post, learn why quieter hospitals promote staff and patient well-being. Minimize overhead codes and alarms to reduce noise and improve message delivery and response time.
The CMS emergency preparedness rule expanded requirements previously limited to hospitals to include long-term care (LTC) facilities, including skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing homes. LTC facilities are now expected to develop an emergency plan based on an all-hazards risk assessment, establish policies and procedures for continuity of care and essential services, track patients’ location, create a communication plan, test the plan and train staff. See how LiveProcess Emergency Manager can help.
From Gartner’s February 2018 Market Guide for Crisis/Emergency Management Platforms (C/EMP), I identified six takeaways that I feel are especially meaningful for healthcare organizations. Specifically, here’s what I recommend you do to help ensure your staff is ready and able to use your emergency management platform in a crisis.
Interdisciplinary healthcare teams have a primary role in improving communication in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare delivery organizations (HDO), when provided with effective communication and collaboration tools. The EHR is not the solution, so find out in this post about collaborative communication technology for healthcare.
When not providing direct care to patients, many nursing tasks are administrative: communicating information to other healthcare team members, locating resources and supplies, and responding to calls and pages. Learn 3 ways clinical communication and collaboration technology, such as a healthcare team communication tool, can play a substantial role in providing support to nurses.
US hospitals lack collaborative competency and disaster resilience for large-scale emergency preparedness, says a two-year hospital emergency preparedness analysis by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Read this blog post to learn about collaboration and the Framework for Healthcare Disaster Resilience.
Routine labor around communication has been reduced or eliminated at Methodist Health System, Learn about the clinical communication and collaboration solution implemented for day-to-day communication and health system emergency preparedness.
See how healthcare transformation through real-time technologies can free nurses and other care providers from tedious, repetitive tasks, for more focus on patients. “Toil often falls into a few broad categories, such as care team communication, locating people and things, responding to incidents, and patient documentation,” according to Gartner.
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.
Improved Emergency Management and Day-to-Day Workflow with Structured Response Messaging: Methodist Health System
In this case study, learn how a healthcare system uses structured communication for better emergency response & communication for everyday hospital communications.
Adoption of hospital notification system and healthcare emergency management platform decreases response times and simplifies emergency preparedness planning for the hospital, clinics and home health care services that make up Ozarks Medical Center.
Contract for emergency management system for universal employee notification and two-way coordination will extend situational awareness across PennMed hospitals, ambulatory services and home health care services
Plan ahead for collaboration with other organizations during disaster response. When CMS drafted its emergency preparedness regulations, it sought to address a “patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and guidelines.” The CMS emergency preparedness rule helps put all healthcare facilities on the same page to more easily coordinate communication, resources, shelter and services.
When this U.S. hospital was hit by a ransomware attack, they were prepared with the LiveProcess emergency management system already in place. LiveProcess remained fully functional and accessible, even when other systems failed.
Changing circumstances in a healthcare delivery organization require real-time situational awareness across departments. At LiveProcess we call this agile healthcare. Learn about what it means to be an agile healthcare organization and the crucial component needed to achieve it.
What is your hospital’s level of emergency preparedness for the hazards most likely to occur in your community? Hospitals are required to conduct a hazard vulnerability assessment (HVA) and review it at least annually. The likelihood of each threat can help you to prioritize emergency planning, mitigation, response and recovery.
In this white paper you’ll learn: 8 keys to severe weather emergency preparedness planning; the importance of involving partners, suppliers and regional emergency management coalitions; why you might want a COOP for CMS emergency preparedness requirements; how severe weather fits into an all-hazards vulnerability analysis (HVA); and 3 useful tools for your incident command team.
You may be feeling overwhelmed by the CMS emergency preparedness rule for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. Preparation for successful hospital emergency management is complicated — but manageable. Learn about the three parts of a comprehensive emergency management plan and the four key steps.
Developing and maintaining hospital emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be a daunting challenge — with the right guidance. This emergency preparedness compliance checklist presents ten critical elements to address when preparing for natural disasters and other crises. Each element includes statements of readiness you can use as guidelines to ensure your hospital is compliant and prepared.
LiveProcess Emergency Manager is purpose-built for hospitals to create and execute continuity of operations plans (COOPs), emergency operations plans (EOPs), and other emergency management plans. LiveProcess seeds your COOP with an all-hazards vulnerability assessment based on the Kaiser model. LiveProcess makes your EOP actionable, enabling community-wide coordination. LiveProcess helps your healthcare organization to plan and execute drills, track compliance, and identify areas for improvement.