Updated emergency prep checklist from CMS includes resident tracking procedures

Share this article:

Long-term care facilities should have written plans for how they will track residents during evacuations, according to an updated emergency preparedness checklist from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The agency issued the checklist in 2007 and updated it in a Survey & Certification memorandum issued Friday. It is a recommended tool for healthcare facilities to use as a means of preparing for emergencies.

The revision urges operators to “describe the process to be utilized to track the arrival of each resident at the destination” if an evacuation occurs. Facilities also should ensure that the proper parties are notified if a resident goes missing and should take steps so that each resident's wristband or other ID remains intact.

Enhanced tracking of residents was among the long-term care provisions of a comprehensive emergency preparedness rule that CMS proposed in January.

Click here to access the updated checklist.

Share this article:

More in News

Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end of 2016, CMS and provider groups announce

Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end ...

Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016. Providers ...

CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says ...

Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

AL operators accused of withholding $2M in unpaid overtime, minimum wages ...

Four California assisted living operators are facing eight felony charges related to wage theft, tax and insurance violations, according to local reports.