Four core el­e­ments of emer­gency pre­pared­ness, ac­cord­ing to the CMS

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Risk as­sess­ment and emer­gency plan­ning

(In­clud­ing but not limited to): Haz­ards likely in ge­o­graphic area Care-re­lated emer­gen­cies Equip­ment and power fail­ures In­ter­rup­tion in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in­clud­ing cy­ber­at­tacks Loss of all/por­tion of fa­cil­ity Loss of all/por­tion of sup­plies

Plan is to be re­viewed and up­dated at least an­nu­ally

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan

Com­plies with fed­eral and state laws Sys­tem to con­tact staff, in­clud­ing pa­tients’ physi­cians, and other nec­es­sary per­sons Well-co­or­di­nated within the fa­cil­ity, across health­care providers, and with state and lo­cal public health de­part­ments and emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies

Poli­cies and pro­ce­dures

Com­plies with fed­eral and state laws

Train­ing and test­ing

Com­plies with fed­eral and state laws

Main­tain and at a min­i­mum up­date an­nu­ally

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