Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association

Emergency Preparedness - The New CMS Requirements

  • Wednesday, April 05, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Loyola Graduate Center - 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045
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The Who, What, Where of the New Emergency Preparedness Requirements
A training for private duty, home health, hospice and DME companies.

Registration is free, but space is limited.  Register today!


About this Event
This event is being held in partnership between MNCHA and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Preparedness and Response as part of MNCHA’s Home Care Emergency Preparedness project. This free training is intended to help members of MNCHA’s Emergency Preparedness Network prepare to meet new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers.

CMS Requirements

Last September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued the final rule establishing national emergency preparedness requirements for 17 providers including home care, hospice and PACE programs, making it a historical first-ever national emergency preparedness requirement. This regulation, which requires providers to plan adequately for natural and manmade disasters with a specific focus on patients and employees, is comprehensive, has a significant cost, and is time intensive.
This interactive workshop will assist agencies in understanding the four major components of the regulation: planning, operationalizing policies and procedures, communication, and conducting/testing a training program of the plan. The entire plan must be built on a hazard vulnerability assessment platform using an all hazards approach. In addition, planning and communication should include a collaborative partnership with a health care coalition. At the end of the program attendees will be able to:




1. Conduct a risk assessment (hazard vulnerability assessment)

2. Describe home care and hospice’s role in local healthcare coalitions

3. List key components of a continuity of operations plan

4. Define surge capacity , patient classification, and patient transportation levels

5. Identify key areas of/her disaster plan that require revision or enhancement.


PACE programs are welcome to attend as this session is applicable to PACE as well.


Program Agenda

9:00 a.m. Check-in

9:30 a.m. Welcome/Introduction

9:45 a.m. Regulation Overview

10:45 a.m. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45-1:00 p.m. DHMH presents MD Regional Healthcare Coalitions 

1:00-2:15 p.m. Developing Policies and Procedures

2:15-2:30 p.m. Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. Communication/Testing/Training

3:30-4:00 p.m. Putting It All Together

About the Speaker

Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V

With over 25 years of experience, Barbara is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of disaster preparedness and leadership. She specializes in emergency disaster planning, bioterrorism, health care development and operations. She provides education to law enforcement and government agencies, health care providers, private sector, first responders, national and state associations in all aspects of disaster preparedness.


Barbara conducts mock disaster drills for various agencies and health departments nationwide and has participated on the NYS Bioterrorism Task Force in the subsection on education. She has worked with over 15 state health departments in the area of biological, radiological and nuclear disaster planning. Barbara was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s committee to rewrite the National Response Plan document and the DHS Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for people with special needs. She has received the highest level (CHS-V) of certification in homeland security from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS).

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