CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Comes with Penalties

With less than six months before implementation on the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule, we’re hearing from many emergency planners that they are still grappling with what they need to do to meet the new criteria.  Despite growing urgency, many planners are waiting for the interpretive guidelines expected sometime “before summer.” Some even plan to wait until […]

Improving Hospital Patient Safety

Patient safety in a hospital setting begins with what The Joint Commission (TJC) calls the environment of care. This made up of three basic elements: The building or space, including how it is arranged and special features that protect patients, visitors, and staff Equipment used to support patient care or to safely operate the building […]

CMS Announces Final Emergency Preparedness Regulations

On November 16th, the final CMS Emergency Preparedness rule added to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) will go into effect for all Medicare and Medicaid hospitals. These revised regulations reflect both the traditional hazards hospital teams face (natural disasters, power outages, infectious disease, etc.) as well as newer threats (active shooter, cyberattacks, etc.). CMS intends […]