The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized rules to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The purpose of the new rules was an attempt to increase patient safety during emergencies and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. These rules are being put into place as a way to better serve and protect patients in the event that a major disaster makes it necessary to evacuate healthcare facilities during an emergency using proper planning.

The effective date will be November 16th of this year and the implementation date will be Nov. 16, 2017. These new rules will require certain participating providers and suppliers, among them allied medical professionals, to plan for disasters. It will also require them to coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems to ensure that facilities are adequately prepared to meet the needs of their patients during disasters and emergency situations. Some patients may see situations like this and look to place blame upon healthcare providers. Allied medical insurance also helps your clients under threat of lawsuit.

Many steps taken to ensure emergency preparedness

There have been quite a few steps taken over the past 15 years to increase in the world of healthcare and disaster preparedness. There was the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) in March of 2013, which led to the creation of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Prior to this, lawmakers created the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), which took effect in July of 2012. These laws are some of the most significant shifts in institutionalized healthcare preparedness and emergency response since the year 2000. The currently proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule on healthcare preparedness is yet another way of making strides in patient safety.

There’s no doubt that building resilience in healthcare delivery and anticipating problems before they occur is critical to creating resilient and thriving communities for patients, physicians, and healthcare providers alike. This is why allied medical insurance, and laws protecting and aiding patients in disaster situations are so necessary. The challenge is, as always, for healthcare providers to figure out how to navigate the new requirements to support the necessary level of planning and preparation.