The New CMS Emergency Management Rule: A Journey NOT a Destination

Product Id : HE135
Instructor : Marge McFarlane
May 22, 2019 1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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The new CMS Emergency Management Rule became effective as of November 2017 for the 11 categories of providers covered under CMS.  It establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for participating providers and certified suppliers to adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with Federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems.  Since that time there have been updates to the requirements as well as a focus on leadership’s role in emergency management.

“All-hazards” planning, which is the basis for hazard vulnerability assessments and planning, must now include “emerging infectious diseases (EID)” such as influenza, Zika and Ebola. This may require a change in planning for infectious disease outbreaks, i.e., early identification, supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE), larger volumes of infectious waste and disease-specific staff education that are not included in other planning, mitigation, response and recovery plans. Other topics requiring greater attention include use of portable generators, tracking of displaced patients, temperature management for medications and supplies, providing care at alternate sites with the requirements for an 1135 waiver, succession planning and continuity of operations.

Regulatory agencies such as The Joint Commission have enhanced the leadership elements of performance to specifically identify a senior leader to oversee emergency management. While they are not required to be the incident commander when the emergency operations plan is activated, they are required to advocate for resources at budget time.

The CMS Emergency Management requirements are focused on three key essentials necessary for maintaining access to healthcare during disasters or emergencies: safeguarding human resources, maintaining business continuity, and protecting physical resources. Planning for emerging infectious diseases may require modification to the facility protocols for early identification, isolation and PPE to protect the health and safety of staff as well as patients.

In this webinar with expert speaker, Marge McFarlane, you will understand the scope of the CMS Emergency Management Rule with the recent changes. Marge will also discuss the strategies for implementation related to succession planning and continuity of operations during emergency, as well as highlight the role of the senior leadership in such a scenario.

Session Highlights:

  • Identify the key updates to the CMS Emergency Management Rule
  • Strategies for implementation related to succession planning and continuity of operations
  • Challenges of adding emerging infectious diseases (EID) in the “all hazards” planning
  • Requirements for medication storage and emergency power
  • Roles and requirements for senior leadership to oversee emergency management
  • Modification to the facility protocols for early identification and isolation
  • PPE to protect the health and safety of staff and patients
  • Other important topics:
    • Use of portable generators
    • Tracking of displaced patients
    • Temperature management for medications and supplies
    • Providing care at alternate sites with the requirements for an 1135 waiver
    • Succession planning and continuity of operations

Also Includes:

  • Live Q&A with speaker
  • PPT for reference
  • Certificate of attendance

Who Will Benefit:

  • Healthcare leaders responsible for emergency management
  • Facilities leadership: clinical and non-clinical
  • Emergency managers
  • Safety directors
  • Safety managers
  • Accreditation specialists
Speaker Profile:

Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT (ASCP), CHFM, CJCP, CHSP, HEM, MEP, brings over 40 years of comprehensive experience in the environment of care, life safety, emergency management and infection prevention for construction. McFarlane has authored handbooks on the GHS update to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and OSHA training for Medical Facilities. She is a frequent presenter for seminars, regional conferences, and audio conferences on OSHA topics, infection prevention, hazardous materials/RCRA waste streams and emergency management. She is currently working with healthcare systems and clinics nationally to identify and mitigate risks in the physical environment.

McFarlane holds a PhD in Safety Engineering and master’s degrees in Environmental and Public Health (ENPH) from the UW – Eau Claire and Risk Control from the UW–Stout. She is a member of the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) Code Committee, the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS).  She is a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner and has served as a healthcare subject matter expert for regional, state and national exercises.

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