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 compliance in mind and you may prevent future headaches.  Don’t be afraid to activate your emergency preparedness plan, CMS and accreditation bodies expect you to use what you have designed and trained on to drive success.  Furthermore, you can use the documentation from the real-world event to address one of the CMS required full-scale exercise.

Industry best practice and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program recommend completing an After Action Review and generating an After Action Report (AAR) after any exercise or real-world incident.  The AAR should include at a minimum:

  • Event Summary
  • Key timelines, including when key decisions were made (i.e. when to activate and when to demobilize)
  • Actions outside of normal operations (demonstrating that it was a true emergency/disaster)
  • What went well
  • Areas for Improvement
  • Improvement Plan

Crisis Focus, LLC has focused expertise in healthcare emergency management, including CMS compliance. Please visit Crisis Focus’ CMS Emergency Preparedness resource page or contact us for more information.

Crisis Focus can provide a Focused Incident Review, with scalable options to review from incidents and develop a comprehensive After Action Review.  Solutions can be deployed as quick 2 business days. Contact Us for more information.