Why Disaster Preparedness Should Be A Priority
We can all agree that one of the most impactful reasons to have a plan in place is that disaster preparedness is a requirement for many by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and that your CMS reimbursement could be halted without having this plan in place. Click Here for a list of required provider and supplier types.
Besides this, there are many other reasons that call for a medical office to have a disaster preparedness plan in place.
On a daily basis you are taking care of patients; patients and their family members come in and out of your office to discuss concerns they are having and to receive treatment from you and your staff. Your patients and their families trust in you that you will take care of them in times of need. If they are in your office when a disaster strikes, you and your staff will be the first ones they look to for guidance.
When considering your patients, think about the patient population you serve. Do you see patients with chronic conditions? Do your patients have constant dietary or medical needs? When a natural or man-made disaster occurs and your patients are in your facility, they will look to you for assistance with their needs.
Not only do your patients expect you to take care of them in a disaster, but your employees do too! Having a disaster preparedness plan in place can help reduce fear and anxiety from employees, and it can help them better respond in an emergency event, and in turn they will better be able to take care of your patients.
Having a plan in place has also shown to lessen the impact of the disaster to your practice, or help to avoid danger completely. Natural and man-made disasters can have a multitude of impacts on the operations, resources, and finances of your organization.
Many of us have operated with a mentality that a disaster won’t strike our own office. We cannot keep thinking this way! Look at how many natural and man-made disasters have occurred in our community, and how devastating they can be.
We challenge you today to dust off your disaster preparedness plans, review them and update them, or simply get started on them if they have not been created before! Working in the health care field, the community will look to you for assistance in a disaster – shouldn’t you be prepared?
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