On September 8, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule that requires a number of healthcare providers to meet new Disaster Preparedness guidelines. This rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers found here, goes into effect on November 16, 2017.
This rule is aimed at preventing the severe breakdown in patient care that followed disasters including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, while also strengthening the ability to provide services during other types of emergencies, such as pandemics and terrorist attacks.
CMS has established a website, found here, that provides guidance to communities on various items such as natural disasters as well as templates and checklists. While communities have worked to have plans in place, now is the time to focus on meeting these new requirements which include working with community partners.
An item of interest in this rule includes missing resident plans. Review your existing plans and continue conducting drills. Partner with community resources to test these from time to time.
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