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Top 12 E-Tags: Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Thu, May 24, 2018


Edited by Kris Mastrangelo

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Be Prepared sign with sky backgroundWe spent the last few blog posts discussing F-Tags.  Let’s shift gears and look at E-Tags.  The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was implemented November 15, 2017. This set of tags are utilized to cite non-compliance during initial, re-certification and complaint surveys. 

The intent is for the Nursing Facility to have a planned response in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Examples include earthquake, flood, hurricane or tornado. Cleary, the geographical location of the facility influences the propensity of certain risk areas. All of which need to be addressed in the facility assessment. 

I recently attended the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. NCAL offered the below summary of the most frequently cited E-tags: 

Tag No.

Tag Description

No. Citations

E-0035

LTC and ICF/IID Sharing Plan with Patients

27

E-0001

Establishment of the Emergency Program (EP)

22

E-0039

Emergency Prep Testing Requirements

21

E-0024

Policies/Procedures Volunteers and Staffing

19

E-0026

Roles Under a Waiver Declared by Secretary

19

E-0009

Local, State, Tribal Collaboration Process

15

E-0018

Procedures for Tracking of Staff and Patients

15

E-0037

Emergency Prep Training Program

15

E-0029

Development of Communication Plan

14

E-0013

Development of EP Policies and Procedures

13

E-0015

Subsistence Needs for Staff and Patients

13

E-0031

Emergency Officials Contact Information

13

Source:  NCAL 

There are approximately 27 different E-tags that facilitates can be cited under related to their emergency preparedness programs. The below table offer you a glance at the different categories the E-tags are placed. 

E-Tags for Long-Term Care Facility
Emergency Preparedness Plans
 

Establishing a Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Program

Emergency Preparedness Policies & Procedures

Emergency Preparedness Communication Plan

Emergency Preparedness Training & Testing

Emergency & Standby
Power System Requirements

E-0001

E-0004

E-0006

E-0007

E-0009

E-0013

E-0015

E-0018

E-0019

E-0020

E-0022

E-0023

E-0024

E-0025

E-0026

E-0029

E-0030

E-0031

E-0032

E-0033

E-0034

E-0035

E-0036

E-0037

E-0039

E-0041

E-0042


Download the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and State Operations Manual  Appendix Z

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