Planning and Response

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CDC Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities This is a link to the CDC's page on influenza, specifically the CDC Interim Guidance for Influenza Outbreak Management in Long-Term Care Facilities. Influenza
CDC Resources: Safety in a Power Outage What you need to know when the power goes out unexpectedly Power Outages
CDC Respiratory Safe Practices Poster (pdf) CDC Respiratory Safe Practices Poster (pdf) Influenza
CDC: Bioterrorism Overview CDC's webpage on bioterrorism. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
CDC: Chemical Emergencies CDC's webpage on chemical hazards and emergencies. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
CDC: Natural Disasters and Severe Weather CDC's webpage on natural disasters & severe weather, including definitions Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu (Podcast and Transcript) Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu (Podcast & Transcript) Influenza
CMS Emergency Planning Checklist: Recommended Tool for Persons in Long Term Care Facilities, Ombudsmen, and others This CMS document is an emergency planning checklist and recommended tool for persons in long term care facilities and their family, friends, personal caregivers, guardians and LTC ombudsmen. Recommendations & Guidance
CMS Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Providers - Resources & Links To assist providers and suppliers in meeting the requirements of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, CMS has developed a website that contains various resources such as checklists, links to emergency preparedness agencies, planning templates and many other valuable resources. In addition, the website also provides a State-by-State listing of Health Care Coalitions which are available to States to connect with knowledgeable health care emergency preparedness officials. Checklist, Government Emergency Contacts, My State Links, Recommendations & Guidance, Regulations and Mandates, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule (Effective Date: November 2016) On September 16, 2016, the final CMS rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published (Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 180). This rule affects all 17 provider and supplier types eligible for participation in Medicare. The rule became effective on November 15, 2016. However, health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule have until November 15, 2017 to implement the new requirements and be in full compliance. Surveyors will begin evaluating the new requirements after November 15, 2017. Providers and suppliers found out of compliance with the new regulations will be cited for non-compliance and must follow standard procedures for correcting deficiencies. Policy, Regulations and Mandates
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Due to the large volume of questions CMS has received and continues to receive regarding its Emergency Preparedness Rule, CMS has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to assist providers, State Agencies, Regional Offices, Accreditation Organizations and providers and suppliers in answering their questions. The FAQs are based on questions that CMS has already received since the publication of the final rule and will be updated as new questions are received. CMS encourages anyone with questions about the new rule to review the FAQs before submitting new questions as they may already have been addressed. Please note that due to the volume of questions being received we may not be able to respond directly to all inquiries. The majority of questions will be answered and clarified through the publication of interpretive guidance. Regulations and Mandates
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Interpretive Guidance (advance copy, 6-2-17) This is a link to the advance copy of the Interpretive Guidance for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Rule. The advance copy was released on 6-2-17; per CMS, "For ease of understanding the guidelines, we have kept this copy as a clean copy without red italics. The final version that will be incorporated into the on-line SOM may vary slightly. The final SOM version is the final policy." CMS Definition of Interpretive Guidelines (IG's): “The IGs are sub-regulatory guidelines which establish our expectations for the function states perform in enforcing the regulatory requirements. Facilities do not require the IGs in order to implement the regulatory requirements. We note that CMS historically releases IGs for new regulations after the final rule has been published." Regulations and Mandates
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Testing Requirements for Nursing Homes This document is a compilation of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule requirements for skilled care centers regarding testing and exercises, and includes language from the Interpretive Guidelines about testing and exercises. The document is not intended to replace careful reading and understanding of the regulations promulgated by CMS. It is provided as an at-a-glance look at the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule (CMS EP Rule) requirements for testing and the CMS Interpretive Guidance for testing. In addition to the CMS EP Rule, nursing home providers must also comply with the NFPA Life Safety Codes referenced in the CMS EP Rule, as well as any additional requirements of local county Offices of Emergency Management, or federal state, tribal or regional regulations. Preparedness Exercise, Regulations and Mandates
CMS National Provider Call on the Emergency Preparedness Rule - Audio Recording This is a link to the audio recording of the CMS National Call on the Emergency Preparedness Rule, held on October 5, 2016. See also several additional resources from CMS related to this call and the rule. Regulations and Mandates, Training Resources
CMS National Provider Call on the Emergency Preparedness Rule - PowerPoint On October 5, 2016, CMS conducted a national provider call on the Emergency Preparedness Rule. This link is to the PowerPoint Presentation used on the national call. In addition to this PowerPoint, see also several additional resources related to the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, listed separately on as links to their locations on the CMS website: - Audio Transcript - Written Transcript - Frequently Asked Questions (updated as questions are asked/answered) Regulations and Mandates, Training Resources