New federal rules require disaster preparedness in healthcare

Superstorm Sandy revealed to us that our healthcare system was not prepared for disasters.  On Sept. 8, 2016, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new federal disaster preparedness regulations for healthcare facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid. The rules take effect 60 days from that date and apply to healthcare facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid. Healthcare providers will have a year to develop and implement:an emergency all-hazards plan, with policies & procedures and annual trainings/drills, plus a communications plan.  Find out about your local hospital or nursing home’s planning process.  http://bit.ly/2cKRroB

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