Joint Commission issues advisory on continuity of operations planning

On May 22, 2018, the Joint Commission released an advisory addressing the importance of continuity of operations planning (COOP).  When an emergency strikes, an ill-prepared health care organization can put patients at risk.  The goal of an COOP is “to protect the organization’s physical plant, information technology systems, business and financial operations, and other infrastructure from direct disruption or damage so that it can continue to function throughout or shortly after an emergency.” The Joint Commission found that accredited entities need to address COOP in order to be more resilient in the face of an emergency or disaster.  In September 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers final rule.  The final rule established national emergency preparedness requirements.  Health care providers and…

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