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Home Care & Hospice: Emergency Preparedness Requirements New Interpretive Guidelines 2019

6/4/2019 - 6/25/2019

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Emergency Preparedness Requirements
New Interpretive Guidelines 2019

A Four-Part Webinar Series Presented by:

Barbara B. Citarella RN, MS NHDP-BC
RBC Limited Healthcare & Management Consultants

In Partnership with the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA)


Agencies continue to struggle with the development of a disaster preparedness plan that will not only be in compliance, but realistic in an event. Areas of weaknesses in the process have been identified by CMS and accrediting bodies. On top of that, there were changes made to regulations at the end of 2018 and appeared in the 2019 interpretive guidelines. This series of one-hour webinars will provide in-depth knowledge of the requirements that home health and hospice organizations are subject to, with specific focus on: an overview of the regulations, starting the agency-specific plan, building the plan, development of policies and procedures, communication, and testing and training.

Program Goals:

Through attendance in this web series, participants will increase their understanding of the newly updated federal emergency preparedness requirements that are part of the home health and hospice Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and become knowledgeable in how to apply the federal requirements for disaster preparedness in their own specific agencies. Enhance disaster plan development for all community based agencies.

Below you will find a schedule for the live webinar sessions. If you're not able to attend any of the live sessions, they will be recorded. Please note there is limited seating in the live sessions so please register early.

For any questions, please contact RBC directly here or email
Part 1: Overview of the Regulations
June 4, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

Regulatory changes since 2018
Survey findings from the first year under the disaster preparedness CoPs

Part 2: Starting and Building the Plan
June 11, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

Four Phases of Emergency Management
Incident Command System
Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Infection control and prevention
Continuity of Operations (Defining Essential Function, Succession Planning, Human Resources, Alternate Location, Defining Patient Populations, and Data Management)

Part 3: Development of Policies & Procedures
June 18, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

Patient Classification Systems
Transportation Classifications
Surge Capacity
Tracking Patients and Staff
Roles and Definitions
Organizing the plan

Part 4: Communication/Testing and Training
June 25, 2019, 1:00-2:00 pm eastern

Health Care Coalitions
Specific Hospice Requirements
Memos of Understanding (MOUs)
Government Emergency Telecommunications System
Collaborative Relationships with Local, State, Federal, and Indian Tribe Nations
Annual/Orientation Requirements
Documentation of Training
Types of Exercises (Tabletop, Functional, Full-scale)
After Action Report
Revising and Updating the Plan

Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, NHDP-BC
President and CEO

Barbara Citarella is the founder of RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consultants. Barbara and her team of expert consultants have made the company a national leader in the home care, hospice and outpatient health care industry. She has been instrumental in developing national and state partnerships for the company.

With over 25 years of experience, Barbara is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership and disaster preparedness. As the only recognized expert in the area of home care and hospice disaster planning, she provides education not only to home care and hospice industry but to law enforcement, government agencies, health care providers, private sector, first responders, national and state associations. Barbara was part of the Department of Homeland Security's committee to rewrite the National Response Plan document and the DHS Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for people with special needs.

In addition to her Disaster Planning experience, Ms. Citarella has been instrumental in OASIS training nationwide since 1997. She was the first to incorporate inter-rater reliability testing in the education process for the OASIS tool. She has done research on the preliminary cost of OASIS to the home care industry and presented such findings to United States Congressional members. RBC Limited?s clientele remain in the top 20% of the industry for quality initiatives.

She is an internationally known speaker and has presented well over 500 keynote addresses and workshops.
For any questions, please contact RBC directly here or email
Association Member: $399.00 (with promotion code)
Non-member: $599.00

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