October 10, 2017 | | Comments 0
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HFAP revises emergency management standards

HFAP has revised its Emergency Management standards in our Acute Care, Critical Access, and Ambulatory Surgical Center manuals to be in compliance with “Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, Final Rule.” The chapter is the only change to the manuals.

The updated requirements include the need for:

  1. A written Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  2. Conducting a Hazards Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
  3. Policies and procedures that address evacuation, staff responsibilities, transportation, communication, use of volunteers, and more
  4. Emergency testing (disaster drills) and evaluation twice per year

Acute Care Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers must implement and be in full compliance by November 15, 2017. This is the same date that The Joint Commission and CMS’ emergency requirements will go into effect. 

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Brian Ward About the Author: Brian Ward is an Associate Editor at HCPro working on accreditation news.

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