California hospitals are a critical element within the disaster medical response system and work collaboratively with local government, other health care providers and other agencies to plan, prepare for and respond to the needs of victims of natural or man-made disasters, bioterrorism, and other public health emergencies. Hospital emergency preparedness is a priority for government at all levels, as well as a key focus of regulatory and accrediting agencies.
How ready is your facility to handle a Paris-style, multi-venue, terrorist attack? This year’s annual Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (SWMHE) did just that. With attacks coming from every angle, hospitals tested the organization’s readiness, plans, policies and procedures internally, and with local, regional and state partners.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved The Joint Commission’s updated emergency management standards, which were created in response to the CMS final rule on emergency preparedness. According to The Joint Commission, the most significant changes are to home health settings — with 39 new performance elements — and ambulatory health care, with 29 new performance elements. Hospitals and critical access hospitals each have 21 new requirements. The Joint Commission will begin surveying to the updated emergency management requirements as of the final rule’s Nov. 15 implementation date. For more information, visit The Joint Commission website.