CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation goes into effect on November 16, 2016. Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date, on November 15, 2017.
Emergency preparedness is key for hemodialysis facilities. From winter storms to hurricanes, hazards of all types can jeopardize the health and safety of dialysis patients and the ability of dialysis facilities to operate. Use these emergency management plans.
Collaboration between dialysis facilities and their local emergency management agency isn't just a Condition for Coverage, it's a best practice to ensure emergency management knows and understands the needs of the kidney community in your area. You can use these resources to conduct a disaster drill so that both dialysis providers and emergency management officials are ready to respond in a disaster.
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