Provider Preparedness

Background:

Dialysis facilities provide life-sustaining treatment to patients with kidney failure. Therefore, it is imperative that they be prepared in the event of an emergency. Typically, dialysis facilities are not specified in state and local disaster plans. To ensure external support in the event of a disaster, it is recommended that facilities proactively contact the following organizations during their disaster preparedness planning phase:

  • Local/regional emergency planning department
  • Local/regional health department
  • Local/regional social services department
  • Emergency responders (fire, law enforcement, rescue)
  • Utility providers (electricity, water, gas, telephone)
  • Transportation vendors

CMS has instructed the Network to assist providers in having a comprehensive disaster plan in each dialysis clinic, provide educational materials to providers, and serve as a communications coordinating agent for major disasters that impact several providers in a specific area within the Network. During a major disaster, the Network is required to

  • Post to a central website the status of open and closed providers
  • Assist families/providers to determine the location of displaced dialysis patients
  • Serve as a communication coordination center for strategic planning if a large geographic area in New England is impacted for an extended duration

Please click on the following link for a for a full description of what the Network Can Do to Help Providers.

Emergency Response:

General Preparedness: 

Environmental Preparedness: