Wednesday, August 23, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month - Informative Emergency Preparedness Resources Are Available

September 2017 marks our annual observance of National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month will focus on planning, with an overarching theme "Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can."

The goal of this month is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, businesses, school, and places of worship. It is important to note that Emergency Preparedness Final Rule was released on Friday, September 16, 2016. The rule impacts skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IIDs), but does not apply to assisted living providers.  

On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidance (IG), which can be found here. AHCA members are highly encouraged to look through the IG. Providers will need to comply with the final rule by November 2017. 

Click here for a summary AHCA put together of the IG for your use. 

AHCA has several informative emergency preparedness resources available to you:
  • AHCA's Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Webinar Series can be found here.  
  • There will be Emergency Preparedness educational sessions at the AHCA/NCAL National Convention in Las Vegas: 
    • “A Case Study in the Use of Human Patient Simulator Technology to Enhance Emergency Preparedness Exercises within Long Term Care Facilities" will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 3 pm Pacific. More details on this session can be found here
    • “Overview and Discussion of the New Emergency Preparedness Requirements” will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10 am PacificClick here for more information on this session.
    • There will be a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II Preparedness Webinar Planning for Seniors on Tuesday, September 26 from 12 - 1 pm Eastern. Participants will learn, among other things, about tools and information available that can assist older adults and their caregivers when an emergency strikes. Register here for this free webinar.
Please contact Erin Prendergast (SNF Providers) or Dana Halvorson (ICF/IID Providers) with any questions. 

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