Emergencies can come in all types and in all levels of intensity: natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires are just a few examples of catastrophic events that can result in not only damage to your home, but to your physical therapy facility as well. Weather emergencies can wipe out entire offices, clinics and hospitals along with business and patient medical records. Even if your physical structure survives, your business and health records may not due to residual water, electrical and other damage that can destroy both paper and computer records. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers establishes consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, to increase patient safety during emergencies and provide a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response worked closely with CMS to develop the requirements. The resource links below can help you comply with the requirements and prepare your practice or facility for an emergency.
APTA Fact Sheet on CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule (.pdf) - 11/7/16
In 2016 CMS published emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers who participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to increase patient safety during
HHS Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway
The Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway (also known as TRACIE, for technical resources, assistance center, and information exchange) was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of health care entities, health care providers, and others working in disaster medicine, health care system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. The website contains planning materials, templates, and help for providers in understanding their obligations under the CMS emergency preparedness regulations. In particular are these resources:
Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers
This page provides links to resources that can help provider and suppliers comply with the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Rule.
State Operations Manual Appendix Z – Emergency Preparedness for all Provider and Certified Supplier Types: Interpretive Guidance (.pdf)
Access consistent interpretive guidance and survey procedures in a single document.
Emergency Communication Tools
Access sample communications plans and improve your communications systems to prepare for a disaster.
Disaster Emergency Operations Based on Event or Hazard
Access tools to help your practice handle specific events, from floods to fires.