Beginning on November 15, 2017, home health agencies must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the home health emergency preparedness condition of participation (CoP). When evaluating for compliance with the CoP requirements, surveyors will follow the standard survey protocols during initial, revalidation, recertification, and complaint surveys. CMS’ goal in enforcement of these requirements is to ensure that Medicare certified organizations “better anticipate and plan for needs, rapidly respond as a facility, as well as integrate with local public health and emergency management agencies and healthcare coalitions’ response activities and rapidly recover following the disaster.”
Download HEALTHCAREfirst’s latest guide, Home Health Site Survey Success: §484.22: Emergency Preparedness, to learn what evidence home health agencies must be prepared to provide to demonstrate compliance with the CoP.
Want to learn more? Join HEALTHCAREfirst and home health regulatory expert Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA for a free online workshop about the home health emergency preparedness requirements and steps you should be taking now to get ready. Click here to register.