Are You Ready For November 16th? Here’s An Emergency Preparedness Checklist


September is National Preparedness Month, and while it typically speaks to families and home life,bigstock--135665363.jpg we see it as an opportunity to talk about the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Especially with the November 16th deadline approaching.

We know you’ve been working all year to ensure your organization is compliant with CMS’s new standards. At HospitalPORTAL, we want to help as much as we can. So as you enter the final stretch, here is a checklist we’ve put together for you to ensure you meet the standards.

Review all CMS changes

It goes without saying, but when it comes to compliance, you don’t want any surprises. Now would be a great time to review and re-read the rule, ensuring that each aspect is being taken care of in relation to your organization


Get policies and procedures in order

New regulations mean new policies and procedures. Make sure your documents are not only updated, but neatly organized and ready-to-go come November 16th. You’ll also want to ensure employees are aware of changes. ComplyALIGN is a robust tool that can greatly assist your policy management efforts.


Create emergency preparedness plans for each prong of the rule

The CMS rule focuses largely on natural disasters, as well as others. Make sure your plans are updated and compliant for each of the following:



Severe weather



Influenza and viruses

Homeland Security threats


Put a training plan in place

Create and implement a new training program for new hires as well as refresher courses for current employees with the updated emergency preparedness plans and requirements. This promotes a culture of awareness and compliance. It ensures that staff is fully prepared at all times and makes for smooth audits in the future.


Read more on this topic in our blog post, Using Your Intranet For Hospital Emergency Preparedness.


For information on how HospitalPORTAL Intranet and Policy Management System can help you be prepared, schedule a free demo or request a quote.


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About The Author

Anne Sweeney is the Director of Sales & Marketing at HospitalPORTAL. She is responsible for spearheading the strategic sales and marketing vision for the company. With over 18 years of sales and marketing experience, Anne has spent a great deal of her career consulting and directing large scale, website design projects for a variety of industries, and she is a certified web professional with the International Webmasters Association. Additionally, Anne has assisted many companies with the technical development and go-to-market strategies for several web-based, workflow application systems.