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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): 
Emergency Preparedness
Premiere Date:
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM CT
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM MT
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PT

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Subscribers can submit questions before or after the March 22nd program.

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Program Description
On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the Final Rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare & Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation, which increases patient safety during emergencies and establishes a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters, went into effect on November 16, 2016. Healthcare providers and suppliers affected by this rule had to be in compliance and were required to implement all regulations by November 15, 2017 (one year after the effective date). 

The purpose of this Final Rule is to establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. 

CMS requires healthcare organizations to take an “all hazards” approach to emergency preparedness and defines this as: “…an integrated approach to emergency preparedness that focuses on identifying hazards and developing emergency preparedness capacities and capabilities that can address those issues, as well as a wide spectrum of emergencies or disasters. This approach includes preparedness for natural, man-made, and/or facility emergencies that may include but is not limited to, care-related emergencies; equipment and power failures; interruptions in communications, including cyber-attacks; loss of a portion or all of a facility; and interruptions in the normal supply of essentials, such as water and food. All facilities must develop an “all hazards” emergency preparedness program and plan.”

After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe the emergency preparedness regulations incorporated into your organization’s set of conditions or requirements for certification. 
  • Understand and implement the survey requirements specific to fire loss prevention training in the operating room.
  • Discuss the requirements for identifying both behavioral healthcare patients at risk and environmental safety risks in the Emergency Department.

Target Audience
This activity is relevant to all hospital staff, medical staff, volunteers, and contracted staff, particularly those who are responsible for life safety-related activities, including safety officers and committees, engineering staff, facility managers, department managers and supervisors, performance improvement (PI) staff, training and education staff, and risk managers.

Vincent Avenatti, CFPCA, NFPA, ICC
CMS Consultant
Joint Commission Resources

This presenter does not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with corporate organizations that either provide educational grants to this program or may be referenced in this activity. This presenter has also attested that his discussion will not include any unapproved or off-label use of products.

Accreditation Information:
The Joint Commission is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME-AMA PRA Category 1 ™), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Note: No ACPE credit was provided for this program.  

The Joint Commission is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 6381, for 1 contact hour.

The Joint Commission is authorized to award 1.0 contact hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 1.0 Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credit.

The Joint Commission Enterprise has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

This education offering qualifies for 1.0 Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP) credit hours towards CJCP recertification. In order to obtain CJCP credit hours, an individual must first be certified before they start acquiring CJCP credit hours. CJCP credit hours will not be retroactive.

Full attendance at every session is a prerequisite for receiving full continuing education credits. If a participant needs to leave early, his or her continuing education credits will be reduced.

Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
  • View the presentation and read the accompanying Resource Guide.
  • Complete the online Evaluation Form and Post Test.
  • A CE certificate/statement of credit can be printed online following successful completion of the Post Test and the Evaluation Form.