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Details from the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements Call
Celebrating Our Heroes: Savoring the Achievements of the Past and Shaping the Future
For Your Information: New Emergency Preparedness Pre Conference Workshop to Answer Your Questions
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Details from the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements Call

On October 5 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a telephone call to discuss the new requirements and revisions of the final rule on Emergency Preparedness. The phone call also covered how to plan for both natural and man-made disasters, while coordinating with other emergency preparedness systems.

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.

While we encourage you to read or listen to the entire transcript, NAHC would like to draw your attention to a couple of points in the call.

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Celebrating Our Heroes: Savoring the Achievements of the Past and Shaping the Future

The theme for the National Association for Homecare and Hospice annual meeting, to be held in Orlando on October 23-25, is Celebrating our Heroes: Savoring the Achievements of the Past and Shaping the Future. The theme looks back to the beginnings of NAHC in 1982, when only about 20 percent of the American public knew what home care was. Thirty-four years later, the public is far more informed about home care and passionate to see access to it expanded to all Americans.

“Thanks to NAHC and all of us working together, the number of homecare agencies has increased from about 3,000 when NAHC was created to more than 35,000 today,” says NAHC Chairman Denise Schrader. “Support in the Congress was then limited to a few people and now has grown to include the great majority of both parties. The leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties have both embraced home care and technology as the best answer to dealing with the needs of the massive 78 million-strong baby boom generation.”

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New Emergency Preparedness Pre Conference Workshop to Answer Your Questions
NAHC 2016 Annual Meeting Conference and Exposition, October 23, 2016 in Orlando, Florida

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NAHC’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition is sponsored by:

Point Click Care
Homecare Homebase
Ability Network
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Relias Learning

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Establishing Organizational Policies and Procedures:  Providers must develop and implement policies and procedures based on the emergency plan and risk assessment.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

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