Last September CMS promulgated rules requiring that all health care facilities (including long-term care facilities) develop and maintain an emergency preparedness plan. Providers are charged with conducting risk assessment of “all hazards” that face both the facility and the wider-community served. Long-Term Care Facilities are specifically charged with ensuring emergency and standby power systems and the development of protocols to locate missing residents.
This past week, CMS issued an advance copy of the agency’s interpretative guidelines governing these rules. This includes defining the mandatory “all hazards approach,” and the scope of the community risk assessment. These guidelines also outline how facilities may undertake development of these comprehensive, integrated disaster-response plans and the general procedures regulators will follow to confirm compliance.
These guidelines will go into effect November 15th. While the guidelines may “vary slightly” before that time, CMS encourages facilities to be proactive in developing their preparedness protocols.
Have questions? Burgeon Legal has attorneys’ experienced in risk and community needs assessment and emergency planning. Contact us if you need assistance navigating this new regulation.
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