Gaps Continue to Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response During Disasters: 2007-2010 [open pdf - 1MB]
"Federal regulations require that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes have written emergency plans and provide employees with emergency preparedness training. In a 2006 report about nursing homes that experienced hurricanes, we found that emergency plans lacked many provisions recommended by experts. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance checklists for emergency planning of health care facilities, long-term care (LTC) ombudsman programs, and State survey agencies (SA). We conducted this study to assess emergency preparedness and response of nursing homes that experienced more recent disasters."
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-06-09-00270
United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Office of Inspector General: http://oig.hhs.gov/