Emergency Preparedness Resources
Natural disasters, severe weather changes, and man-made threats are dangerous, strike quickly and often without warning. Dialysis patients and facilities face high risks during emergencies and it is imperative to be prepared. Our patients are dependent on water and power for dialysis treatment, two of the areas mostly affected in times of crisis. Most recently, CMS has posted the final rule with its aim to establish a national emergency preparedness requirements for all facilities to comply, by November 2017. As we prepare for emergencies within our facilities, and compliance the November rule, NRAA has curated helpful resources below.
Upcoming Webinar - 'Act Today! Emergency Preparedness Requirements'
November 15, 2017, 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM ET
This webinar will engage the audience in a discussion regarding emergency preparedness requirements for dialysis facilities. It will also provide an overview of the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) program's website and available resources. Registrants will learn about implementing change to policy and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory changes.
- Describe the new emergency preparedness requirements for ESRD and dialysis facilities.
- Find and use KCER program website and resources
- Apply practical solutions to updating emergency preparedness policy and procedures .
Presented by: Keely Lenoir, Kidney Community Emergency Response Program (KCER) Manager with HSAG. Keely is experienced in all aspects of disaster preparedness, including planning, training, evaluating, and response. She has worked closely with partners from across the state of Florida to support in the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of public health related planning and response across the emergency management cycle.
CMS Final Rule - November 2017
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 16, 2017.
With this rule, the goal 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. The following information will apply upon publication of the final rule:
- Requirements will apply to all 17 provider and supplier types.
- Each provider and supplier will have its own set of Emergency Preparedness regulations incorporated into its set of conditions or requirements for certification.
- Must be in compliance with Emergency Preparedness regulations to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program. The below downloadable sections will provide additional information, such as the background and overview of the final rule and related resources.
Note: We are not responsible for the content provided on these websites. The list is not exhaustive and is current as of 6/26/17