CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
End Stage Renal Disease Facilities Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters.
Healthcare Ready is eager to assist partners across the country learn what they need to know about CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule, and learn it quickly. We'll be updating this Knowledge Center routinely, so be sure to check back for updates.
Providers and suppliers affected by CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule must comply with and implement all regulations by November 2017. Interpretive guidance for the final rule is anticipated for Spring 2017. In the interim, CMS has posted FAQs on their survey and certification website based on questions received in response to the final rule.
During an Emergency
During an emergency, dialysis patients may arrive at local evacuation shelters. Shelter staff can use this resource to help with triaging dialysis patients that arrive at the shelter.
Use this reference tool to identify the requirements and procedures for obtaining emergency licensure in different states.
During emergency situations, the local municipal distribution of water may be disrupted for extended periods of time. This resource provides guidance for both the suppliers of water and dialysis facilities for using water delivered by tanker trucks in emergency situations.
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.
This CMS document offers guidance on disaster preparedness for dialysis facilities.
This supplement to Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities (Second Edition) provides customizable forms for dialysis facilities.
Table Top Exercises
FEMA’s Preparedness in a Pandemic Exercise Starter Kit helps whole community partners by providing sample documents state, local, tribal and territorial governments can use to conduct their own workshops on preparedness in a pandemic.
HSAG: The Florida End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network, is pleased to offer educational on-line courses through a new website platform called the Learning Management Center (LMC).
FEMA's online training portal for emergency preparedness.
AHRQ offers free Web-based continuing education for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others. Eligible professionals can read articles and view on-demand webinars that highlight evidence-based practices for improving the quality and safety of patient care. The continuing education/continuing medical education activities highlight evidence-based approaches to treating conditions commonly seen in ambulatory care as well as tools and approaches to improving inpatient safety.
Emergency Management Plans
This one-pager provides guidance on the planning steps business should take to prepare for flu season.
Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. Through education and planning, you can help protect your employees from the seasonal flu.
The pages listed below offer public health and health care professionals key information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza.
Nephrology News & Issues offers a unique opportunity to cover and offer commentary on the latest developments in nephrology while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among the professional disciplines responsible for delivering care to the end stage renal disease patient while they are still developing, giving the renal community a resource for the latest developments in renal care.
Emergency Management is the award-winning, all-hazards publication of record for emergency management, public safety and homeland security stakeholders charged to protect our communities, critical infrastructure and the security of our nation.
Clincial Guidance: Patients' Stockpiling of Medications and Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, USP Guidance
Clinical guidance regarding patients stockpiling medications, and sodium polystyrene sulfonate (SPS), USP guidance.