NAHC’s Emergency Preparedness Pre-Conference Has Never Been More Important
October 7, 2016 02:14 PM
Hurricane Matthew is battering the Florida coast on Friday morning, as this report is being written. The storm has already claimed its first U.S. fatality and knocked out power for over 600,000 people – and this is just the beginning. Things will get worse before they get better. The need for the home care and hospice community to be prepared in the event of a disaster has never been greater or clearer.
As reported by NAHC, on September 8 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule creating emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, aims to improve patient safety and establish coordinated responses to natural and man-made disasters. The rule requires all 17 provider and supplier types to plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, regional, tribal and local emergency preparedness systems.
As the rule is part of the condition for participation in Medicare, anyone in the home care and hospice community who does not comply could jeopardize their Medicare certification. Further, CMS may impose stiff financial penalties on any home health care providers who do not comply with the new emergency preparedness rule. And as more disasters occur, CMS is likely to take a very dim view of any providers who are not following the emergency preparedness rules.
So, what must be done to comply with the new rule? Well, this is a 600-page rule so compliance will be no simple matter. What home care and hospice providers need is detailed information on exactly what must be done and when it must be done in order to comply with the new rule. Fortunately, NAHC has you covered. We will be holding a pre-conference workshop to address all your concerns and answer your questions about the new emergency preparedness guidelines.
The pre-conference workshop is very reasonably priced at $250 for members and $350 for non-members. That’s not much compared to the potential cost of non-compliance with the new rule.
More information about the pre-conference workshop may be found here.
To register for the event, go here.
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.