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Emergency Preparedness Rule for Home Care and Hospice Administrators

presented by Cathleen Armato, RN, CHC

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Financial: Cathleen Armato is a share holder with Armato & Associates, LLC. Cathleen Armato receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
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Video Runtime: 44 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 28 Minutes

On November 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implemented new emergency preparedness requirements as a condition of participating in the Medicare program. This new rule affects 17 provider types, including home health and hospice. The new requirements are divided into four core elements: (1) risk assessment and emergency plan, (2) policies and procedures, (3) communication plan, and (4) training and testing. As a leader within a health care organization, the administrator must protect patients and team members from harm during an emergency and ensure continuity of operations. This course reviews the requirements of the Emergency Preparedness Rule and the administrator's roles and responsibilities to guide the organization successfully through emergency planning and disaster mitigation.

Meet Your Instructor

Cathleen Armato, RN, CHC

Cathleen Armato is an experienced executive with 22 years in the home care and hospice industry. She has served in various roles during that time, including VP of operations and chief compliance officer for a nationwide healthcare provider. In 2012, Cat became a consultant. Since that time, she has assisted multiple organizations with their compliance…

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1. Historical Context for the Emergency Preparedness Rule

A nation, an organization, and an individual can each learn from prior experiences. What went well, and what didn’t? How do we do better in the future? This chapter reviews some of the rationale for the development of a National Incident Management System and for the requirements placed on individual health care providers.

2. Emergency Preparedness Requirements

A collaborative response during an emergency is essential to positive outcomes. Each health care organization has responsibilities to ensure a coordinated effort. This chapter reviews the role of home care and hospice providers during a disaster. We will also interview the executive director of a health care coalition to understand their purpose and how to get a “seat at the table” during community preparedness planning.

3. Core Elements of the Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Emergency Preparedness Rule requires that each health care provider’s emergency plan include, at a minimum, four core elements. This chapter reviews each of these elements and discusses the significance behind each requirement. We will also look at the Incident Command Structure and how home care and hospice can work with and incorporate this structure in their emergency plan.

4. The Emergency Preparedness Plan

This chapter takes a deeper look at each of the core requirements mentioned in the previous chapter / It also discusses the after-action review and reviews when to implement your emergency plan.

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