2018 Maryland Code
Health - General
Title 18 - Disease Prevention
Subtitle 9 - Catastrophic Health Emergency Disease Surveillance and Response Program
§ 18-903. Development and implementation of contingency plans
(a) Power of Secretary to require adoption of accredited contingency plans. --
(1) In accordance with procedures to be adopted by the Department, the Secretary, in consultation with health care facilities, may require health care facilities to develop and implement contingency plans addressing:
(i) Staff training needs;
(ii) Stockpiling of equipment, medication, and supplies necessary to address a catastrophic health emergency;
(iii) Treatment and decontamination protocols;
(iv) The coordination of services with other public and private entities; and
(v) Any other area that the Secretary determines is necessary to assist in the early detection and treatment of an individual exposed to a deadly agent.
(2) To the extent feasible, the procedures to be adopted by the Department under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be consistent with accreditation requirements of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
(b) Protocols and plans. -- After consulting with the appropriate licensing board, the Secretary:
(1) Shall publish protocols to assist health care practitioners in developing plans to respond to a catastrophic health emergency; and
(2) May, if necessary, require health care practitioners to implement the plans developed under item (1) of this subsection.
(c) Process for licensing, certifying or credentialing providers. -- The Secretary shall coordinate with the health occupations boards to develop a process to license, certify, or credential both licensed health care practitioners and out-of-state health care practitioners who may be needed to respond to a catastrophic health emergency.