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Jan. 31, 2017

Noon-1:30 p.m. Central

On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters. These new requirements will require certain participating providers and suppliers to plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems to ensure that facilities are adequately prepared to meet the needs of their patients during disasters and emergency situations.  

The final rule requires these providers and suppliers to meet four standards: emergency plan; policies and procedures; communication plan; and a training and testing program. This webinar will cover the standards and provide tools to help you discover the gaps in your current emergency preparedness plan. The rule becomes effective Nov. 16, 2017.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the primary areas of plan development and compliance of the final rule;
  • Outline the key component of the final rule;
  • Discover areas in which you are already compliant; and
  • Determine the gaps that need to be improved upon by the Nov. 16 deadline.

Target Audience:

  • CEOs;
  • Disaster and emergency preparedness personnel;
  • Compliance officers;
  • Marketing and public relations officers; and
  • Education officers.


Joyce Pearson, director, hospital preparedness program, Mississippi Hospital Association

Joyce Pearson has served as the director for the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Hospital Preparedness Program and has coordinated health care and emergency preparedness conferences, programs and trainings for health care workers, first responders and citizens in Mississippi since 2002. Her work experience in hospitals, nursing homes and mental health facilities includes mass casualty event emergency preparedness, communications, medical-surgical nursing, infection prevention, employee health, risk management, staff development and health education. 

Pearson is a member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and was elected to serve as 2013 President of the APIC Greater Jackson Chapter 068 which received a national APIC award for Chapter Excellence for projects implemented in 2013. She serves on the MS Office of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corp Council and is the Hospital Treatment Center Coordinator for the MS State Department of Health Strategic National Stockpile Program. In addition, Pearson serves on the MS State Department of Health Hospital Acquired Infection Prevention and the Hospital Preparedness Program Senior Advisory committees. In 2011, Pearson served on the MS Governors’ Healthcare Flood Impact Taskforce and currently serves on the Mississippi Emergency Healthcare Committee for Emergency Services Function - 8 (health and medical emergencies).