The New CMS Emergency Management Rule: Tips for Successful Implementation
Thursday, May 4, 2017
1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern
Thomas Huser, MS, CHSP, CHEP
Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP
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Rebroadcast from January 24, 2017 webcast by popular demand.
Your current Emergency Operations Plan is about to change. After much anticipation, CMS has approved its own emergency preparedness rules separate from The Joint Commission and other accreditation agencies. Among other things, this update will require hospitals, nursing facilities, and group homes to have plans to maintain emergency lighting, fire safety systems, and sewage and waste disposal during power losses. CMS requires the changes to be in place no later than November 15, 2017 to maintain compliance.
Understanding the key requirements of the new CMS emergency management regulations will be paramount to your agency’s continued compliance. Join expert speakers Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP, and Thomas Huser, MS, CHSP, CHEP, as they guideyou through the changes. They will help you identify resources for implementation, provide helpful tips, outline the special focus on fire drills for critical access hospitals, and list the optional and required CMS emergency management standard categories.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
- List the required and optional categories of the CMS emergency management regulations
- Discuss tips for implementation
- Identify potential challenges to implementation
- Outline the special focus on fire drills for critical access hospitals
- Identify resources for implementation and education
- The new CMS emergency management rule
- The five sections of the rule
- Who is affected
- When the rule takes effect
- Gap assessments
- Gap analysis between Joint Commission standards and the new CMS rule
- Challenges and obstacles to implementation
- The big picture
- Systemwide compliance
- Tips for compliance
- Compliance considerations
- Applicability to long-term care
- Critical access hospitals and fire drills
- Resources for implementation and education
Who Should Listen
- Emergency management leadership
- Facilities leadership, clinical and nonclinical
- Safety directors/managers
Meet the Speakers
Marge McFarlane, PhD, MT(ASCP), CHSP, CHFM, CJCP, HEM, MEP, CHEP, is principal of Superior Performance, LLC, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is an independent safety consultant with more than 40 years of healthcare experience. She works with a number of healthcare systems nationally for CMS and Joint Commission readiness in the areas of environment of care, life safety, and emergency management.
Thomas J. Huser, MS, CHSP, CHEP, is safety coordinator at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis. With more than 30 years of experience, ranging from hospital management to emergency preparedness planning to fire safety instruction, Huser brings administrative and real-world knowledge to his work in healthcare safety and emergency preparedness.
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