Long-term Care Emergency Preparedness

The list of potential emergencies that can interfere with normal operation goes on and on.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires long-term care facilities to have a written emergency operation plan (EOP) that is consistent with the hazards they face and also requires that facilities provide realistic training for employees, regardless of shift. Some facilities are not finding this to be a challenge because they already were ahead of the game; others are finding this to be one of the more difficult challenges they have faced.

In a publication dated Feb. 28, CMS issued Survey and Certification Letter 14–12, which provided key requirements for compliance.

Source: LTL

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