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Emergency Preparedness 6-Part Webinar Series ($399*)
Emergency Preparedness 6-Part Webinar Series  ($399*)


When: Access Live or On-Demand
Where: Webinar
United States
Phone: (480) 491-0540


This is a partner event with the National Association for Home Care (NAHC).  

Members of AHPCO are eligible for the $200 discount by use of a promo code in the check-out cart.  You will need to have either a Member Login with NAHC or create a Guest Login to register for this event.  If you need assistance, please contact the AHPCO office.

  • AHPCO Members - click here* to view the program flyer with the Promo Code and Registration Link.
  • Non-Members - click here to view the program flyer with the Registration Link.  If you are not a Member of AHPCO but are a Member of NAHC, you are still eligible for the discount. If you would like to join AHPCO today and receive the discount, please call the AHPCO office at (480) 491-0540.

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Medicare/Emergency Preparedness 6-Part Webinar Series

Beginning in November 2017, Medicare and Medicaid providers – including home health and hospice – must meet a host of new requirements designed to ensure that they have the necessary planning in place to provide safe care for their patients, regardless of what type of emergency may occur. This series of six one-hour webinars will provide in-depth knowledge of the new 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 new federal emergency preparedness requirements that are part of the home health and hospice Conditions of Participation (CoP) and become knowledgeable in how to apply the federal requirements for disaster preparedness in their home health or hospice agencies.


Each webinar will be one hour long, and one (1) nursing credit hour will be offered for each of the six parts of this webinar series, for a maximum of six continuing education units.

Session Dates & Topics

Live webinars will be from 9-10AM Arizona Time; recordings will be available.


June 1

Part 1: Overview of the Regulations: Lessons Learned, Home Health and Hospice's Role in an Event, All-Hazards Approach, Components of the Regulation  


June 6

Part 2: Starting the Plan: Four Phases of Emergency Management, the National Response Framework, Incident Command System, and Hazard Vulnerability Assessment  


June 8


Part 3: Building the Plan: Continuity of Operations (Defining Essential Function, Succession Planning, Human Resources, Alternate Location, Defining Patient Populations, and Data Management)  


June 13

Part 4: Development of Policies and Procedures: Patient Classification Systems, Transportation Classifications, Surge Capacity, HIPAA/IT, Tracking Patients and Staff, and Roles and Definitions  


June 15

Part 5: Communication: Health Care Coalitions; Specific Hospice Requirements; MOUs; Government Emergency Telecommunications System; Collaborative Relationships with Local, State, Federal, and Indian Tribe Nations; Methodologies for Communication; and Utilizing the ICS in Communication  


June 27

Part 6: Testing and Training: Annual/Orientation Requirements, Documentation of Training, Types of Exercises (Tabletop, Functional, Full-scale), After Action Report, Revising and Updating the Plan


Note: We will also be providing a session on Emergency Preparedness at the AHPCO Conference on June 29 - learn more.


About the Presenter

Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CSH-V (Certified in Homeland Security) 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 health and hospice industry in addition to disaster planning.  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 specializes in emergency disaster planning, bioterrorism, health care development, and operations. 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. She has received the highest level (CHS-V) of certification in homeland security from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.


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