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CMS Releases Emergency Preparedness Rule

September 9, 2016


Yesterday, September 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers.


This important new rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for 17 provider and supplier types to ensure adequate planning for natural and human-caused disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems.

This final rule requires Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers to meet the following four common and well known industry best practice standards.



1. Emergency plan:

Based on a risk assessment, develop an emergency plan using an all-hazards approach focusing on capacities and capabilities that are critical to preparedness for a full spectrum of emergencies or disasters specific to the location of a provider or supplier.


2. Policies and procedures:

Develop and implement policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment.


3. Communication plan:

Develop and maintain a communication plan that complies with both Federal and State law. Patient care must be well-coordinated within the facility, across health care providers, and with State and local public health departments and emergency systems.


4. Training and testing program:

Develop and maintain training and testing programs, including initial and annual trainings, and conduct drills and exercises or participate in an actual incident that tests the plan.


The rule will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.  Health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date.

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