CMS Emergency Preparedness Rules

Published by Health Care Association of Michigan


Disasters can strike at any time and with little warning and these events call for clear cut plans and strategies for accessing the resources necessary to protect the health and welfare of your residents. Under the current regulations, CMS requires skilled nursing facilities to (1) assess facility risks and improve emergency planning, (2) implement supporting policies and procedures, (3) develop and maintain preparedness communication plan, and (4) a comprehensive training and testing program. The deficiency tags for emergency preparedness will be “E” Tags found in Appendix Z. With more than 40 “E” tags providers have substantially more accessible to both health and safety surveyors and LSC Surveyors. State survey agencies will have discretion regarding whether the LSC or health and safety surveyors will conduct the emergency preparedness surveys. This webinar will provide an overview of all the components that must be put into place by November. Participants will walk through conducting a hazard vulnerability assessment and detail how to develop policies and procedures designed to help complete an all-hazards approach risk assessment and establish an effective emergency plan. This webinar will explore the CMS initiative including a template of the requirements for facilities to perform a risk assessment that uses an "all-hazards" approach prior to establishing an emergency plan. Key components of a communications plan – Nursing Home Incident Command System and necessary protective actions for a facility’s disaster and emergency plan and operating procedures will be discussed as well.

Learner Objectives:

  • Examine the requirements of the CMS Emergency Preparedness for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers.
  • Identify disaster mitigation actions that can either prevent the occurrence of a disaster or reduce the severity of its effects. Mitigation activities include the way structures are built and maintained, policies, procedures and training/education on disaster prevention strategies.
  • Review prevention including hazard-risk identification and analysis and how to develop and implement programs to prevent disasters from occurring.
  • Compare response actions taken to implement a facility’s plans including Incident Command System which reduces injuries, chaos and promotes collaboration and interoperability with first responders.
  • Review recovery actions including repair, rebuild and actions to get back to ‘normal’ and restore health and economic vitality to the facility.
  • Examine how Nursing Home Incident Command System is merged into a nursing facility’s emergency and disaster plan.
  • Review the process for developing effective emergency and disaster preparedness training and exercises.
This program is approved for 1 contact hour for Licensed Nursing Home Administrators by the Michigan Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Approval Number: 489170060.

Kenneth Daily
Kenn is the president of Elder Care Systems Group, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) and Chair of OHCA’s Life Safety Code/Disaster Management Committee. Over his 25 plus year career, Kenn has wide-ranging experiences in advancing long-term health care. He has a strong reputation for designing integrated andcustomized solutions for clients to achieve organizational quality and compliance.

Originally Published

July 14, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Emergency Preparedness - Video Presentation
  • Emergency Preparedness - Presentation Slide Deck

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


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