Hospital intranets, when considered in the traditional sense, are regarded as a solution to broadcast a variety of internal communication needs. This is definitely an accurate picture of what an intranet is, but with a few tweaks, an intranet can be crafted to serve specialty communication needs such as Emergency Preparedness and Response. As we look at the upcoming CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, we can find comfort in using an Intranet to help us comply with the neesd of this ruling. With a built-in policy management system, your organization can manage emergency documents and your emergency plan as well as use the platform for a vehicle for preparedness and response and overall compliance.
In this scenario, the intranet can be leveraged to assist in both internal and external communications during a weather-related or other emergency/crisis situations. However, using an intranet in this way takes some advance planning so it is important for your healthcare organization to start implementing now to be sure you're ready for November 16th, 2017. For more information on how you can use an intranet for emergency preparedness, please click here.
Here is a list of healthcare facilities that will be affected by the Emergency Preparedness Rule:
Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions (RNHCIs)
Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs)
All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities
Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)
Home Health Agencies (HHAs)
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs)
Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services
Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)
Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)
Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities
To learn more about HospitalPORTAL's emergency management features, please schedule a demo.We look forward to helping you prepare for the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.