A recent article by Modern Healthcare highlights the challenges many healthcare providers are facing in complying with the November 15, 2017 deadline for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness mandates.

In September 2016, CMS implemented a rule with the goals of increasing patient safety during an emergency to establish a more coordinated response to disasters.  While these are admirable and necessary goals, many providers lack the in-house expertise to fully implement these new requirements.

The preparation requires input from local public health departments, acute-care hospitals, and police and fire departments. By November 15, nursing homes must implement an all-hazards emergency plan, train staff and coordinate with local agencies for a disaster-related exercise.  In many instances, neither the healthcare provider nor the community agencies are in a position to implement these exercises on a large scale.

In the article, Jocelyn Montgomery, director of clinical affairs at the California Association of Health Facilities, points out that many providers have been waiting for CMS to start providing emergency plans while others are hoping for an extension to the deadline.

Neither of these are likely to happen.

SafePlans has a specific solution specifically designed to help healthcare organizations comply with the November 15, 2017 implementation deadline for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness requirements. These new rules are designed to increase patient safety during emergencies and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters.