Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association

Emergency Preparedness Webinar

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Webinar


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How to Develop Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

About the Webinar

Our last webinar taught you about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, now you're ready for the next step.  Learn how to develop your disaster preparedness plan!


MNCHA and the Maryland DHMH Office of Preparedness and Response designed the Emergency Preparedness Manual for Home Care Providers so that DME, private duty, home health, and hospice providers can educate and prepare themselves, their patients, and their companies for a wide-range of disaster situations.  This free webinar will train you based on the handbook, which covers specific hazards such as extreme heat and cold to civil disturbance and workplace violence.  Used together, this webinar and the manual are resources for developing your own specific disaster preparedness plan.


Be sure to have a manual on hand for the training.  You may download a copy at


This Webinar Covers:

1.  Why we Need Emergency Preparedness Plans
2.  How to Conduct a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
3.  How to Assess your Agency Preparedness Plan
4.  Emergency Planning by Event
5.  What is an Incident Command and How do I Use it
6.  What is a Business Continuity Plan and Why do I Need it
7.  Community Resources

About the Speaker

Diane Link RN, MS


Diane Link is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of home health and hospice experience and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration as well as a Green Belt in LEAN Six Sigma.  She is currently senior clinical consulting manager with BlackTree Healthcare Consultants specializing in all aspects of clinical management including outcome improvement programs, regulatory and compliance programs, episodic management, and survey readiness and remediation.  Her prior experience includes executive director of home health and hospice, a surveyor for home health, and hospice and private duty services for CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program).  Diane is often cited and a content expert in Home Health Line/Decision Health articles and is known for her inspiring and knowledgeable presentations at state and national conferences.  Diane developed the content for the Emergency Preparedness Manual for Home Care Providers in partnership with MNCHA and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Preparedness and Response.  She is a published author of The Hospice Guide to Quality Care and Reporting:  Promoting Sustainability in an Evolving Regulatory Climate. Diane has served on the MNCHA board for 6 years and is proud to be the President of the MNCHA Board of Directors.

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