New Disaster Prep Rules are Now in Effect

Providers participating in the Medicaid or Medicare program (and that’s just about everyone) are facing new “Conditions of Participation” – the basic rules providers must follow – relating to emergency preparedness. CMS’s new rules establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems.  The rules were changed last year but as of November 15, 2017, all affected entities had to be in compliance.

Earlier in November, MHA sent to its membership registration materials for two DPH-sponsored courses on how to comply with the new conditions. The Providers can pick either the Tuesday, Dec. 5 course in Dedham or the Thursday, Dec. 7 course in Marlborough. Complete registration details are here.