CMS Emergency Preparedness Must be in Place by November 2017
For years, emergency preparedness for hospitals and healthcare systems was handled primarily through certification with The Joint Commission. However, last year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services came out with their own guidelines. A review from Drexel University found that if you are Joint Commission certified you only meet about 35% of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.
While the rules went into effect last November, facilities have until November 16, 2017 to come into compliance.
What is a Gap Analysis?
A Gap Analysis is meant to be a starting point to review your communication plans and identify "gaps" that will require a revision in your plans to meet CMS Emergency Preparedness Guidelines. We will take you through a series of 25 questions that are meant to uncover weaknesses in your plans so you can strengthen them. One sample question is, "can you easily reach all employees and contractors in your facility?" Do you have a way to reach everyone, from a neurologist who works as a consultant at your facility to a facilities person who can assist during an event? To find out more, request a gap analysis below and we'll reach out to set up a 20-minute appointment to review your needs.
Are you ready for the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Guidelines? Take our Gap Analysis to find out.
If you're not sure if you meet the CMS Emergency Preparedness criterial for communications, we invite you to take a brief Gap Analysis. After the analysis, you'll have a list of actionable items (if needed) to bring your facility / facilities up to the new standards.
Communication Plans for CMS Emergency Preparedness
Twenty-five percent of the new guidelines involve communication, if you delve deeper into the plans you'll find it really is the backbone of any well-devised emergency preparedness plan. From table-top drills, to patient evacuation you'll need the ability to communicate via several different channels. During an incident like a bad storm you need to reach clinicians and other hospital staff through a variety of means from text messages, emails, phone calls and more. One avenue of communication is no longer considered enough to meet the guidelines. As one hospital recently asked, "do you mean our overhead paging system isn't good enough anymore?" Unfortunately, no -- that will no longer meet criteria.
How to Use Our Library of Resources
Some facilities only need to make a few tweaks to their existing plans, while other facilities such as nursing homes, are coming under the guidelines for the first time and need to start from scratch. We have myriad resources including recorded webinars, white papers, blog posts, and even a "gap analysis" to see if your hospital or healthcare system needs to make any changes.