The Crisis Blog

We strive to provide updated and timely information on the current events and best practices in Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness.  If you are interested in receiving blog posts via e-mail, sign up on the right side of this page. Blog articles are listed below.


Time to Dust Off Nuclear Plans?

Last week the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency posted a news release regarding the increased threat to the islands of a potential nuclear threat from North Korea.  As tensions continue to escalate on the Korean peninsula, tensions are also on the rise with...

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New Webinar from CMS on the Emergency Preparedness Rule

CMS has listened to feedback and added another webinar to provide additional information on the Emergency Preparedness Rule finalized last fall.  They are touting this call as a training and it does require registration.  You can find more details and information...

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Changes to Home Health Emergency Prep CoPs?

If you thought the only CoPs that CMS was updating recently were just the Emergency Preparedness rule, you were sadly mistaken.  In January CMS released a complete revamp of the Home Health Agency CoPs.  If you are looking for a good analysis of those CoPs, I...

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Declare = Documenting

As health care providers are preparing for a potentially crippling Nor’easter, it is perhaps the first major disaster to affect a large geography since the effective date of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.   There is a potentially under-noticed clause in a...

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WikiLeaks, 9-1-1, and You!

A growing concern in the Emergency Management and Crisis Management space is the threat of a cyber security event impacting agency operations or the ability to respond appropriately to a major event. Recently the Wall Street Journal chronicled a cyber attack on 9-1-1...

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What to do without Interpretive Guidelines?

Disclaimer: CMS published an advanced copy of the Interpretive Guidelines in early June.  Our analysis and a link can be found here.  The action steps and recommendations in the following blog post still provide solid guidance for providers early in their compliance...

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4 Focus Areas to Get Executive Buy-In

When I made the transition from a program manager of a large Health System Emergency Management program to a Senior Leadership role, one of the main questions I got (and continue to get) is how do you get C-Suite buy-in and support of my Healthcare Emergency...

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