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CMS Announces an Additional Learning Session for Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

March 28, 2017

Due to the large number of speaking requests Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has received regarding the final rule for Emergency Preparedness Requirements, CMS is offering an additional learning session through the Medicare Learning Network. 


During the additional session, CMS will provide an overview of the final rule and specifically discuss meeting the training and testing requirements by the implementation date of November 15, 2017. 


This session is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 2:30PM to 3:30 PM ET


To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Space may be limited, register early.


In addition to this learning session, CMS has released a guidance memorandum that addresses the training and testing requirement

As a reminder, this final rule requires 17 types of Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers (including FQHCs) to meet the following four 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.


For additional information about the CMS Rule also see:

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