PAR Mail 2018-050 | March 9, 2018
CMS Examining ICFs for Emergency Preparedness Compliance
ANCOR to host webinar to help provider compliance
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is following up on a regulation implemented this past fall to require that all CMS funded programs have specific national emergency preparedness plans in place. CMS is particularly concerned about the ability of Intermediate Care Facilities for people with intellectual disability to comply with the regulations. ICFs may have residents with challenging physical, medical and behavioral issues that may require extraordinary means to ensure the safety of residents in the case of an emergency.

In recent months, CMS has gone into a few states and cited programs for their failure to have sufficient plans developed and on file with the state. No such audit or failure to comply has been identified in Pennsylvania. However, ANCOR advises all programs to be aware of compliance issues in other states and have documentation of their program and state compliance in the case of a CMS audit.

During ODP's recent meeting with ICF/ID providers, PAR raised this issue as an item of concern.

CMS published on September 8, 2016, a final rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. CMS states the purpose of the rule (to take effect on November 15, 2017) is:

To establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. The following information will apply upon publication of the final rule:
  • Requirements will apply to all provider and supplier types.
  • Each provider and supplier will have its own set of Emergency Preparedness regulations incorporated into its set of conditions or requirements for certification.
  • Must be in compliance with Emergency Preparedness regulations to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program. The below downloadable sections will provide additional information, such as the background and overview of the final rule and related resources.
On March 21, 2018, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT, ANCOR will hold a webinar to assist providers on CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements: Tips and Resources for ICFs.

During this live webinar, the emergency planning experts of Connect Consulting Services will discuss how ANCOR members can become compliant with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Requirements for ICFs by breaking down each of the rule components; providing steps, tools, strategies to meet each component; and how to pass a CMS pass audit. All registrants will receive a CMS Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool to determine your CMS compliance gaps.
Nora O'Brien, MPA, CEM, CEO, Connect Consulting Services
Nora O'Brien holds a Master's degree in Public Affairs with a concentration of Disaster and Emergency Management, and has a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).
Karen Garrison- B.A, Director of Aging Services, Connect Consulting Services
Karen Garrison has extensive experience with developing programs for seniors, aging, and disabled adults for more than 25 years. She has led case management, grants management, and program design efforts the PACE programs, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Alzheimer programs, programs in California.
PAR and ANCOR Members : $29 (PAR Membership includes Ancor Membership for Pennsylvania provided services)
Non-members: $109