The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services instituted a rule requiring emergency preparedness of certain facilities participating in their programs. The deadline for compliance is November 15, 2017. A key component of compliance is developing a communication plan that enables organizations to communicate and act upon an emergency situation quickly and effectively. We'll explore the key components to consider and best practices to ensure compliance before the deadline that's quickly approaching.
What is required?
As previously mentioned, facilities must have a written emergency communication plan that contains information about how the facility coordinates patient care including within the facility, across healthcare providers and with state and local public health departments. The plan also should include how the facility interacts and coordinates with emergency management agencies and systems to protect patient health and safety in the event of a disaster. Additionally, it should include components that support the coordination of care. It also must be reviewed annually and updated as necessary.