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The CMS Preparedness Rule Presents Opportunity

By Cathryn Jakicic Health Care Facilities

On September 8th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made  emergency preparedness a condition of participation in the Medicare/Medicaid program.

These new regulations represent a opportunity for the well-established healthcare coalition to enhance its influence and even its outlook as a sustainable business model, according to an article on the Healthcare Ready website.

The most important aspect of the new regulation is that it is inclusive of several healthcare facility types for whom emergency preparedness has not been a requirement in the past, the article said.  Previously, home health, hospice, long-term care and others have had little EP regulation. Many of these provider types are not even aware that the rule has been released.

Healthcare coalitions assist healthcare interests to prepare for and respond to medical surge and threats to continuity of operations. They are therefore uniquely positioned to assist these groups in their compliance efforts.

Read the article.

This Quick Read was submitted by Cathryn Jakicic, Healthcare Industries Editor, Facilities.net




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