Does your emergency preparedness program include ways to strengthen infectious disease surveillance and response?

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS
Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare

It’s that time of year when people travel for pleasure and generously share their pathogenic microorganisms. It’s also a good reminder that earlier this year CMS updated Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual to include; “Planning for using an all-hazards approach should also include emerging infectious disease (EID) threats. Examples of EIDs include Influenza, Ebola, Zika Virus and others.” Added to the list are the current outbreaks of measles and Hepatitis A (HAV) in the continental United States. Health care providers and suppliers affected by the rule are required to comply. If your agency hasn’t included emerging infectious diseases in the preparedness program now is the time to take action!

Follow the link to the CMS memo #19-06-ALL, posted February 1, 2019, entitled Emergency Preparedness – Updates to Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM)

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/QSO19-06-ALL-EP.html