Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
When disasters and public health emergencies occur, people often worry if their first responders, hospitals, and trauma centers are trained and equipped to handle the surge in patient care. But what about other providers of health care services? Long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, home health agencies, hospices, pyschiatric treatment facilies, clinics, mental health centers, and ambulatory surgical centers will also be impacted by the disaster. Thousands of these facilities exists throughout the U.S. and community members rely heavily on their services.
In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers to ensure these entities adequate plan for both natural and man-made disasters, including how to coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. Each provider must be in compliance with the new regulations to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program.
ASPR TRACIE has developed a series of resources to help facilities impacted by the rule understand and comply with the new regulations. These resources are available below. Additional resources to help these facilities plan for, respond to, and recover from a disaster or public health emergency are also included.
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