Core Elements of CMS Emergency Preparedness

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Core Elements of CMS Emergency Preparedness

CMS's emergency preparedness program (24 CFR § 483.73) has defined elements that are essential in preparing for an emergency event:
  • Emergency Plan
    • Perform an all-hazards risk assessment.
  • Policies and Procedures
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the laboratory based on identified risks.
  • Communication Plan
    • Develop and implement an emergency communications plan.
  • Training and Testing
    • Develop and implement a training and testing program.
  • Emergency and Standby Power Systems
    • Ensure backup power systems are prepared and available for use.