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CMS to Release Updated Disaster Preparedness Requirements

Late last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the completion of the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, which are scheduled to be released on Friday, September 26. Since the announcement, both the New York Times and Home Health Care News have discussed the potential challenge and impact this rule will have for healthcare providers.

This long awaited rule was drafted partially as a result of recent natural disasters which have had a severe impact on patient care nationwide. Following its release, agencies will have a little over a year to meet the requirements presented to ensure they are able to provide continuous care in the wake of possible emergencies including natural disasters or terrorist attacks. CMS has noted that the standards will vary depending on the type of health care provider and care setting, though all health care groups must have their new procedures and plans in place by November 2017.

To help prepare agencies to tackle these challenges, CHAP is hosting a live webinar entitled "Emergency Management Fundamentals for Home Care Providers" on September 21, 2016 at 2:30 P.M. E.S.T. as an opportunity to help the agencies we serve better prepare for potential emergencies.

CHAP will continue to provide updates as they are made available. 

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