Emergency Preparedness Requirements
New Interpretive Guidelines 2019

A Four-Part Webinar Series Presented by:

Barbara B. Citarella RN, MS NHDP-BC
RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants

In Partnership with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice  (NAHC)

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Agencies continue to struggle with the development of a disaster preparedness plan that will not only be in compliance, but realistic in an event. Areas of weaknesses in the process have been identified by CMS and accrediting bodies. On top of that, there were changes made to regulations at the end of 2018 and appeared in the 2019 interpretive guidelines. This series of one-hour webinars will provide in-depth knowledge of the requirements that home health and hospice organizations are subject to, with specific focus on: an overview of the regulations, starting the agency-specific plan, building the plan, development of policies and procedures, communication, and testing and training.

Program Goals:

Through attendance in this web series, participants will increase their understanding of the newly updated federal emergency preparedness requirements that are part of the home health and hospice Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and become knowledgeable in how to apply the federal requirements for disaster preparedness in their own specific agencies. Enhance disaster plan development for all community based agencies.

Below you will find a schedule for the live webinar sessions. If you’re not able to attend any of the live sessions, they will be recorded. Please note there is limited seating in the live sessions so please register early.

Part 1: Overview of the Regulations
June 4, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

  • Regulatory changes since 2018
  • Survey findings from the first year under the disaster preparedness CoPs

Part 2: Starting and Building the Plan
June 11, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm 

  • Four Phases of Emergency Management
  • Incident Command System
  • Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Continuity of Operations (Defining Essential Function, Succession Planning, Human Resources, Alternate Location, Defining Patient Populations, and Data Management)

Part 3: Development of Policies & Procedures
June 18, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

  • Patient Classification Systems
  • Transportation Classifications
  • Surge Capacity
  • Tracking Patients and Staff
  • Roles and Definitions
  • Organizing the plan

Part 4:  Communication/Testing and Training
June 25, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm 

  • Health Care Coalitions
  • Specific Hospice Requirements
  • Memos of Understanding (MOUs)
  • Government Emergency Telecommunications System
  • Collaborative Relationships with Local, State, Federal, and Indian Tribe Nations
  • Annual/Orientation Requirements
  • Documentation of Training
  • Types of Exercises (Tabletop, Functional, Full-scale)
  • After Action Report
  • Revising and Updating the Plan


Association Member: $399.00 (with promotion code)
Non-member: $599.00

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For any questions, please contact RBC here or email rbc@netstep.net.

NAHC members who need the promotional code to receive the $200 discount may contact Membership at membership@nahc.org or 202-547-7424.