Well under the new rules set to take effect on November 15, 2017, SentosaCare home health agencies and other Medicare-certified providers are required to meet emergency national preparedness standards or risk losing national payor reimbursements. The changes have been implemented due to a recently continuing string of natural disasters throughout the United States.
While this is an important adaption for health care services due to the nature of homecare, home health care agencies, hospice providers and other long-term care services had carried a large burden in the implementation of planning and preparing due to formerly not having set requirements for emergency preparedness, per Ben Landa and Bent Philipson However, the new rule means that healthcare agencies need to have an emergency plan in place with an all-hazard approach with communication plans and procedures that comply with federal plus state laws while at the same time providing a loop to other area providers within a spirit of continuing education throughout the plan. While one of the big challenges has been networking with outside providers rule implementation, the process continues to become more streamlined for the November 15 date.
While some providers may be lagging behind in implementing the changes, SentosaCare is well set for the upcoming changes as it focuses on preserving the health, safety and security needs of its providers, employees and its patients in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack. So, while the new rule may take some getting use to it promises help home care and health care providers focus plus streamline their services to better focus on their resources and business organization.