Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Providers

Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Providers 

Emergency preparedness requirements that healthcare organizations have historically been required to follow were deemed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to be insufficient for emergency preparedness and response. Given this, CMS set out to develop new requirements for healthcare providers that establish a comprehensive, consistent, flexible, and dynamic regulatory approach to emergency preparedness and response. With implementation of the new rule finalized by CMS, healthcare providers are now faced with a new challenge of developing, executing and demonstrating emergency preparedness requirements that comply with this new rule. This course introduces learners to leading emergency preparedness practices intended to safeguard human resources, maintain business continuity, and protect physical resources, with the desired end-state of achieving CMS rule compliance. This course assists learners on how to successfully address key rule components including the risk assessment and emergency plan, policies and procedures, the communications plan, training and testing, and emergency fuel and generator testing. This course is not a comprehensive overview of the CMS rule, and learners are expected to be fully appraised of this rule prior to taking this course.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

California Nursing Home Administrator Program - non-P type


This educational offering is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for full credit as a course relating directly to duties, functions, or responsibilities of the nursing home administrator. Provider # CEP 1701; Course Approval # 1701002-7469. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-EPHP
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
• Identify the seventeen provider types addressed by the new CMS rule, and the desired end-state.
• Explain how leadership influences organizational culture, change, and emergency preparedness.
• Describe the key elements of an effective risk assessment, using an all hazards approach, to identify priorities and facility-specific considerations to include in the emergency plan.
• Identify the key steps recommended for effectively developing and managing emergency plans, policies, and procedures.
• Identify the components of an effective communication plan that addresses internal and external communications, while preserving protected information and privacy.
• Describe the key components of an effective training and testing program, and the rationale for verification and validation that personnel can effective execute emergency procedures.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of The New CMS Rule A. Past, Present, and Future B. Facts You Must Know C. Impacted Facilities (Providers and Suppliers) D. Knowledge Check Section 3: Leadership in Emergency Preparedness A. Leadership Influence B. Organizational Culture C. Managing and Leading Change D. Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity E. Knowledge Check Section 3: Assessing Healthcare Risk A. Understanding Risk B. Risk Assessment C. Risk Management D. Knowledge Check Section 4: Emergency Planning A. Policies, Plans, and Procedures B. Risk- and All-Hazards Based C. Plan-to-Plan D. Plan-to-Plan: Deliberate Approach E. Plan-to-Plan: The Plan Development Process F. CPG 101 G. Plan-to-Plan: Planning Team & Key Stakeholders H. Plan Management & Maintenance I. Knowledge Check Section 5: Crisis Communications in Healthcare A. Internal & External Communications B. Crisis Communication C. Technology vs. Process D. Information & Privacy Preservation E. Your Healthcare Communication Plan F. Knowledge Check Section 6: Training, Testing, and Exercising A. Developing and Managing an effective TT&E B. The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) C. Community Integration D. Knowledge Check Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations C. Resources D. Bio

Instructor: Anthony Barone, MPH, PMP, CEM, CBCP, CHS-V, CHMM, FF/EMT
Mr. Anthony A. Barone is a driver of health, safety and security solutions in emergency management, business continuity management, public safety, public health, pre-hospital, hospital, and healthcare preparedness through uncompromising consultation, advisement, collaboration and service. He is committed to leading efforts that contribute to a healthier, safer and more secure world. Mr. Barone brings over fifteen years of planning, mitigation, prevention, protection, preparedness, response and recovery experience at the tactical, operational, strategic and policy levels of private sector, academia and all levels of government (i.e. local, state and Federal). He holds a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Toxicology and Risk Assessment, and a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management, from the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; and a Bachelor’s of Art in Zoology from Miami University, Oxford, OH. As a certified Firefighter II, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Manager, Homeland Security Level-V, Hazardous Materials Manager, and Project Manager, Mr. Barone strives to keep current with tactical-to-policy level industry leading practices. Currently, Mr. Barone serves as a Senior Management Analyst - Emergency Management at GAP Solutions, Inc.; a CBRN Safety Officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Maryland-1; an operational volunteer Firefighter II and EMT with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department; the Secretary and Community Representative of the Alexandria Citizen Corps Council; a member of the Alexandria/Arlington Leadership Council of the American Red Cross, National Capital Region; and a Public Health and Medical Consultant, Advisor and Volunteer with the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps. Disclosure: Anthony Barone, MPH, PMP, CEM, CBCP, CHS-V, CHMM, FF/EMT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Administrators; Nurses; in the following settings: All Healthcare Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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