Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by devastating acts of nature … but especially those within our most vulnerable populations, such as residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
In 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new rule is aimed at increasing patient safety during emergencies and establishing a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters.
Despite this ruling, gaps continue to exist in nursing home emergency preparedness and response during disasters.
We must always hold facilities responsible for the care and treatment of nursing home residents. Few people think to ask about disaster preparedness when selecting a nursing home – but they should.
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