CMS has proposed a new rule which requires long term care facilities to meet more comprehensible emergency preparedness guidelines. Believing that the current emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid are inadequate, CMS wants stricter requirements for providers and suppliers. The new requirements would be similar to those proposed for hospitals. The requirements for hospitals are based on the principle of “all-hazards planning” which means that planning should “not involve developing highly specific plans for every conceivable threat, but should focus on creating the capacity to handle a spectrum of emergencies.” The government has identified 15 scenarios to use in assessing risks and based on these risk assessments, hospitals would develop specific policies and procedures for each facility. LTC facilities would be required to meet all hospital requirements with additional requirements and some specific adjustments.
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