NAHC Responds to New Emergency Preparedness Guidelines with a Pre Conference Workshop to Answer Your Questions
September 19, 2016 03:45 PM
The Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS) just issued the long-awaited final rule establishing the first-ever national emergency preparedness requirements for 17 providers that includes home health, hospice and PACE programs. This regulation, which mandates that providers plan extensively for natural and manmade disasters -- with a specific focus on patients and employees -- imposes detailed requirements that will be costly, time intensive, and will involve a broad range of organizational employees to implement.
The National Association of Home Care & Hospice will hold a pre-conference workshop to address your concerns and answer your questions about the new emergency preparedness guidelines.
Pre Conference Workshop
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 8 a.m. to noon (This pre-conference is 4 hours long and includes breakfast)
The NEW Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers
This interactive workshop, which places special emphasis on home-based care (including home health and hospice home and inpatient care) will assist agencies in understanding and executing the four major components of the regulation, which are:
Developing an Emergency Plan (ALL HAZARDS APPROACH): Providers must develop an emergency plan using an all-hazards approach focusing on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies and disasters.
Establishing Organizational Policies and Procedures: Providers must develop and implement policies and procedures based on the emergency plan and risk assessment.
Developing and Maintaining a Communication Plan: Providers must develop and maintain a communication plan that complies with both federal and state law. Patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across health care providers and with state and local public health departments and emergency systems.
Conduct a Training and Testing Program: Providers must develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.
OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of the session attendees will be able to:
Conduct a risk assessment (hazard vulnerability assessment)
Describe home health and hospice providers’ role in local healthcare coalitions
Secure a GETS/WPS card for communication during an event
Define surge capacity , patient classification, and patient transportation levels
Identify key areas of the organizational disaster plan that require revision or enhancement
SPECIAL NOTE: PACE programs are welcome to attend as this session is applicable to PACE as well.
Faculty: Barbara B. Citarella MS, RN, President, RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants, Staatsburg, NY
Barbara Citarella is the CEO, President, and founder of the award winning national company RBC Limited, a healthcare and management company specializing in healthcare operations including home care and hospice. She has worked extensively with agencies in the areas of infection control, disaster preparedness, corporate compliance, accreditation, strategic planning and leadership.
Citarella was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) committee to rewrite the DHS/FEMA Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for People with Special Needs. She also was recently appointed as the Chairperson of the National Ebola Taskforce. Barbara has served as a subject matter expert panel member on the pandemic flu for the CDC, AMA and AHRQ. She was a contributing member to the AHRQ’s document on “Home Health Care and the Pandemic Flu” released in 2008. She participated in the CDC Pandemic Workshop for Primary Practitioners and Long Term Care. She was a member of APIC’s (Association of Practitioners in Infection Control) Emergency Disaster Planning committee.
Citarella is internationally recognized for her expertise in disaster preparedness and infection control and has been appointed to several committees and panels of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Citarella was appointed to serve as Co-Chairperson for the National Association’s Hurricane Katrina Task Force. She was the lead on the first national research project ever conducted on the home care and hospice industry’s response to the H1N1 Pandemic. Results were published 2011 in the American Journal of Infection Control, a peer reviewed journal.
Citarella is a professional registered nurse with a master’s degree in science, which she obtained from Pace University in New York where she served on the University’s Professional Advisory Board for the Lienhard School of Nursing. She is a founding member of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.