Local community needs can increase quickly during a sudden disaster or public health crisis. Health centers provide a key role in addressing healthcare demands during and after a natural disaster or public health emergency. The GPCA Emergency Management Program provides health centers with training, technical assistance, and resources to improve their ability to efficiently respond and recover more readily to emergency situations.
- GPCA and health center members work collaboratively with local government, hospitals, and emergency management agencies as an integrated part of a statewide, regional, and local emergency planning and response system.
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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
In November 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Emergency Preparedness Requirements (EP Rule) to provide consistent and comprehensive emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Centers (RHCs) to increase patient safety during emergencies. November 15, 2017, all FQHCs (and affected providers and suppliers) must meet all the applicable requirements of the rule.
Four Core Elements of the CMS Rule
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|Policies and Procedures||
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CMS (Conditions of Participation) Final Rule for Healthcare Providers
Updated and effective 11/29/19
- Emergency program: Health Centers must conduct a review of their emergency program every 2 years
- Emergency plan: Health Centers are no longer required to include documentation of efforts to contact local, tribal, regional, state, and federal emergency preparedness officials and a facility’s participation in collaborative and cooperative planning efforts in their emergency plan
- Training: Health Centers are required to conduct a training every 2 years
- Testing: Health Centers are required to conduct one training exercise once a year
- Patient Care Policies and Facility Evaluation: Health Centers are required to conduct a review of the patient care policies and facility evaluation once a year
- HRSA Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources for Health Centers
- HRSA Emergency Preparedness & Continuity of Operations
- Continuity of Operations (COOP)/ Business Continuity Planning
- Business-Continuity Plan Template for Community Health Centers (CHCANYS)
- Hazard-specific Plan Template – Infectious Disease (CHCANYS)
- Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE)
- CHCANYS Emergency Preparedness Training and Technical Assistance Toolkit for CHCs
- ASPR TRACIE | Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway
- CMS After Action Report/Improvement Plan Template
- OSHA Preparedness and Response Guide for Healthcare Workers
- Hurricanes (Ready.gov)
- Hurricane Preparedness: Make a Plan
- Hurricane by American Red Cross
- Options for Consideration Active Shooter Preparedness (video)
- RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event (video)