CMS SC Emergency Preparedness Initiative: SC Emergency Perparedness Checklist Revision

On Feb. 28, CMS issued a Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Initiative: S&C Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revision.  The revisions were made to the recommended CMS Emergency Checklist.  According to the Survey & Certification Memorandum, the information is current policy and is in effect for all healthcare facilities.  Highlights of the changes:

  • Detailed guidance for patient/resident tracking, to include that the facility should have a  plan for when a patient/resident is determined to be missing during an evacuation
  • Quantity of water a facility should transport during an evacuation
  • Expectation of collaboration with Healthcare Coalitions and Local Emergency Personnel
  • Reference is made to use FEMA in updating existing emergency plans and using FEMA’s best practices and guidance when updating emergency plans.

 

The link to the S&C letter can be found here:     

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-12.pdf