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Emergency Preparedness Regulation Seminar
Pavilion Tower II (Adjacent to HCAC Office Building)
2821 S. Parker Road, Lower Level Conference Room
Aurora, CO 80014
Monday, October 23, 2017, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM MDT
Category: Events

REGISTER HERE! HCAC members pay $175; non-members pay $250

Program Description

Emergencies and disasters can occur at any time. Does your home health agency have an “active” Emergency Preparedness (EP) plan in place that accounts for all the possible incidents for which you are at risk? Are your staff members properly trained for responding and coordinating the care of the patient population that you serve?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued newly updated regulation for emergency preparedness on September 8, 2016 with a compliance date of November 16, 2017 or face stiff penalties. Included in the new regulation are requirements for an all hazard approach to assessing vulnerabilities for the agency and community it serves, as well as plans to overcome these potential problems. The new Emergency Preparedness regulation mandates individualized patient assessments as part of the comprehensive assessment, annual review and updates of the EP plan, and requires the agency to participate in a community-based disaster drill in addition to the annual desktop drill.

The Emergency Preparedness plan has always been an important part of an agency’s daily function, but is now tied to the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (COP). Agencies who are not prepared face stiff penalties, including exclusion from participation in Medicare and Medicaid funded programs.  Attending this seminar will assist in validating your current EP and better prepare to maintain and enhance compliance. 

This seminar is for those who have management positions in a home health agency, including:

  • Administrators
  • Directors of Nursing
  • Clinical Directors
  • Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Staff
  • Field Staff Supervisors
  • Therapy Directors

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will review the current Emergency Preparedness regulation and will identify areas in their agency’s plan requiring revision.
  • Attendees will demonstrate understanding of their responsibilities for their staff members, including training and monitoring, in order to ensure smooth and timely execution of emergency procedures in times of need.
  • Attendees will identify the standards of planning and coordination required to ensure patients are accounted for, adequately prepared for a disaster, or transferred to alternative care settings as needed during times of emergency or disaster. 

Seminar Day Outline

7:30 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Program Starts

10:15 a.m.


12:00 p.m.  


2:45 p.m.


4:30 p.m.




Speaker Biography
Jennifer Gibson, RN, HCS-D, COS-C
Jennifer Gibson is a Registered Nurse with over 23 years of home health industry experience. She is a certified OASIS and Coding Specialist. She regularly trains on home health regulation including OASIS C2 and ICD-10 coding. She has held several leadership roles in the administration of home health agencies including Director of Nursing, Clinical Supervisor, and Administrator. Jennifer consults widely for home health agencies nationwide and is a sought-after contributor to industry blogs and publications. Jennifer is committed to the success of the home care industry and currently serves on several committees for the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice. Jennifer has the heart of a teacher, and her passion is to support others in the home care industry.

HCAC members pay $175; non-members pay $250

Continued Education Credits
This program has been designed to meet the continuing education requirements of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for 7 CEUs.

Axxess Consult inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.


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