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Webinar: CMS' Final Rule on Emergency Preparedness
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 Export to Your Calendar 8/29/2017
When: 12:00 PM
Where: Adobe Connect Webinar
United States
Contact: WISCA Office

Online registration is available until: 12/31/2021
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This past September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. These new requirements will require certain participating providers and suppliers to plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems to ensure that facilities are adequately prepared to meet the needs of their patients during disasters and emergency situations.

The final rule requires CMS participating providers and suppliers to meet the following four common and well known industry best practice standards:

1. Emergency plan: Based on a risk assessment, develop an emergency plan using an all-hazards approach focusing on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters specific to the location of a provider or supplier.

2. Policies and procedures: Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment.

3. Communication plan: Develop and maintain a communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law. Patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across health care providers, and with State and local public health departments and emergency systems.

4. Training and testing program: Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.

These regulations are effective as of November 15, 2016. Healthcare providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations by November 15, 2017.


  • Discuss how the final Rule will impact CMS providers
  • Learn about the primary areas of focus for the final Rule
  • Share best practices on how to align and prepare your Emergency Management Program
  • Review some of the burden of cost attributed to the Proposed Rule


Christopher Sonne, CHEC, Director of Emergency Management, HSS EM Solutions™

EM Solutions Director, Christopher Sonne, CHEC, leads a preeminent team of Emergency Management experts at HSS in the delivery of training, exercises, and consulting engagements for client partners across the United States. With over 15 years of industry experience, Sonne shares his depth of knowledge as a nationally renowned speaker and subject-matter expert on Emergency Management.

Before joining HSS, Sonne spent more than a decade working at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an adult and pediatric Level I Trauma Center in suburban Chicago. There, he gained clinical experience in the Emergency Department and spent several years working within Nursing Administration (Clinical Support Operations). Throughout his tenure, Sonne proved instrumental in the development of the facility’s Emergency Management and Decontamination Program.
In 2009, Sonne became a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) through the Office of Public Health & Hospital Emergency Management, Medical College of Georgia. In 2011, he earned certification as a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) instructor through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Other certifications include FEMA instructor and Incident Command System trainer; instructor of the CDP’s HERT for Mass Casualty Incidents; Hazardous Materials Technician Level training; Advanced HazMat Life Support (AHLS); and the EMI’s Professional Development Series.




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