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Webinar: CMS' Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness
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When: October 3, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Adobe Connect Webinar
United States
Presenter: Elisa Stott, CHEP, Senior Consultant, Emergency Management, HSS EM Solutions™
Contact: WiAHC Office

Online registration is available until: 12/31/2022
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This past September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. These new requirements will require certain participating providers and suppliers to plan for disasters and 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.

The final rule requires CMS participating providers and suppliers to meet the following four common and well known industry best practice standards:

  • Emergency plan: Based on a risk assessment, develop an emergency plan using an all-hazards approach focusing on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters specific to the location of a provider or supplier.
  • Policies and procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment.
  • Communication plan: Develop and maintain a communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law. Patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across health care providers, and with State and local public health departments and emergency systems.
  • Training and testing program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.

    These regulations are effective as of November 15, 2016. Healthcare providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations by November 15, 2017.


Elisa Stott, CHEP, Senior Consultant, Emergency Management, HSS EM Solutions™


EM Solutions Senior Consultant Elisa Stott, CHEP, is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional who previously worked for Community Health Network in Indianapolis. For more than 20 years, she served as the network’s Safety Manager and as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for five hospitals and 70-plus off-site facilities. For the network, she helped plan, conduct, and critique all emergency preparedness drills and planning; conducted safety assessments; worked with the life safety committee; and helped reduce hazardous waste and initiate recycling programs. Stott has also worked with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), providing consulting support on the Medical Surge related to bombings project, including helping conduct tabletop exercises at participating hospitals. Prior to her work with Community Health Network, Stott served as an industrial hygiene and safety consultant to various industries. Peers elected Stott to serve as an officer and subsequently chairperson of the District 5 Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee board, comprising 38 hospitals and other coalition partners.

Stott holds a BS in in Safety Management from Indiana State University. She is an instructor for hazardous materials and first receiver training on decontamination. Stott earned her Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour training certificate, has been trained in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), and has completed multiple Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training courses including Incident Command System (ICS) courses.

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