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Deadline for emergency preparedness approaching for hospitals

May 1, 2017

The Nov. 15, 2017, deadline requiring hospitals to meet new requirements for handling patient safety during emergencies is approaching fast, according to an article on the Health Data Management website.

The federal rule requiring upgrades in facility practice was published in September 2016 requires and went into effect on Nov. 16, 2016, requiring hospitals to be in compliance within one year.

Requirements in the rule include developing and maintaining an emergency preparedness communications plan that complies with federal, state and local laws.

Hospitals could lose their reimbursements from Medicare and possibly Medicaid if they don't meet the deadline.

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