New rules for disaster readiness

Tens of thousands of American health care providers and suppliers – including hospitals and nursing homes – will have to comply with new federal disaster preparedness requirements.

The new rule is aimed at preventing the breakdown in patient care that followed disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, while also strengthening the ability to provide services during such things as terrorist attacks.

It also includes home health agencies.

The new rule will make it more likely that facilities will be able to stay open and care for patients, according to a story in the New York Times.

Among the requirements are that hospitals and nursing homes test their backup power sources for a minimum of four hours each year.

New York Times article

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