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As of November 15, 2017, all 17 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provider and supplier types, including hospitals, Long Term Care, Dialysis Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, etc. must comply with new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers. As these providers across the country have worked to meet the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements, there have been significant findings on how they can successfully implement robust emergency management programs, increase patient and staff safety, and most importantly respond to and recover from disasters great and small.
Nora O’Brien is the chief executive officer of Connect Consulting Services, Inc., a national healthcare emergency management and business continuity planning firm. She has served as a contributing writer for Emergency Management Magazine and an instructor for FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. She has a master’s in public affairs with a concentration in disaster and emergency management from Park University and a BA in political science and international relations from California State University, Long Beach. Ms. O’Brien also received the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and is the immediate past chair of the IAEM Healthcare Caucus.