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overview of your emergency response plan to local govern- ment officials who are in charge of emergency response initia- tives. That might require some phone calls and Google search- ing to identify who those people are in your area. You might not hear back from your local offi- cials and the officials who do respond often acknowledge receipt of the emergency response plan, but share that surgical facilities aren't likely to play a major role in a community emergency response efforts. That's OK — you simply have to prove that you made an effort to contact them. Clock is ticking It will become clearer how comprehensive your facility's plan has to be, the components it must include and what type of penalties non- compliant facilities will face after Medicare surveys are conducted after the November deadline. It'll be interesting to see if CMS will ini- tially allow some wiggle room as facilities become more comfortable and have a better understanding of the new requirement. But one thing is certain: CMS is very clear that all healthcare facilities must make every effort to be in compliance a couple months from now. Are you prepared? OSM Ms. Mattson (leslie@almss.com) is a nurse consultant with ALM Surgical Solutions in Atlanta, Ga. S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 3 3 A surgery center in Miami might focus on hurricane preparedness, while a hospital in Denver might zero in on surviving a catastrophic blizzard.

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