CMS Takeaway: Make the most of Real World Events

When faced with real-world disasters the CMS Emergency Preparedness CoP may be the last thing on your mind, but don’t let it drift too far down the list of priorities.  Real-word events are what the #CMSEPRule is designed to prepare for, so making sure you keep...

A Primer on Hospital Evacuation

With the dire situation surrounding #Harvey, there are a lot of individuals conversing on social media around the evacuation of hospitals prior to events. Below are my thoughts on an evacuation decision framework, not a proclamation of what should have been done. My...

ASCs and the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

When CMS finalized the Emergency Preparedness Rule last fall they raised the emergency preparedness bar considerably for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC).  Like all of the 17 affected providers, ASCs must comply with the major components of the rule: Comprehensive...

Training, Exercises, and CMS

With the deadline for implementation and compliance with the new CMS Preparedness Rule quickly approaching, many provider types have started seeking additional clarification and guidance regarding the training and exercise requirements.  For those not familiar with...