C&A Captivate Webinar - Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Nichole WalkerMary DrayerOn Wednesday, November 2, 2016, over 50 attendees tuned in to participate in the second webinar presentation of the C&A Captivate Webinar Series!  This engaging webinar was provided to explain the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements regarding emergency preparedness.  Our guest co-presenters, Mary Drayer, Healthcare Administrative Surveyor and Regulatory-Compliance Officer for Riverside University Health Systems and Nichole Walker, Senior Safety Coordinator Riverside University Health Systems, introduced the requirements, offered their interpretation, and provided guidance to assist in implementation. 

Key Messages from the Webinar:

Purpose of the New Emergency Preparedness Rule

  • The new rule comes as a response to a string of disasters, natural and man-made
  • The new rule is intended to plug gaps in CMS’ old emergency preparedness regulations

Rule Requirements

  • The new rule goes into effect on November 15, 2016
  • Healthcare providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date, on November 15, 2017
  • Healthcare organizations will need to coordinate their plans with federal, state, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems
  • The new requirements apply to 17 provider types (with certain variations)
  • The final rule covers four aspects of emergency preparedness:
    • Risk assessment and planning – Providers and suppliers must perform a risk assessment using an “all-hazards” approach focusing on capabilities needed to prepare for a full spectrum of emergencies
    • Policies and procedures –  Suppliers must develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment
    • Communication Plan – Providers must develop and maintain an emergency preparedness communication plan that complies with both federal and state law
    • Training and Testing – Providers must develop and maintain emergency preparedness training and testing programs, including initial and annual training and emergency drills to identify gaps and areas for improvement.

Next Steps

  • Emergency Management leaders should download the full text of the new rule from the Federal Register
  • Conduct a GAP analysis to determine enhancements your program may need
  • Discuss findings with your organization’s EM committee
  • Present findings with executive leadership

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Don’t forget to tune in to the next webinar scheduled for December 7, 2016, on the topic of Healthcare Coalition engagement. You can sign up to receive more information for upcoming webinars HERE.

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