The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an online training course to help hospitals and other health care providers evaluate compliance with new emergency preparedness requirements that go into effect on Nov. 15.

The training provides an overview of disaster preparedness, as well as skills to gauge compliance with the requirements.

CMS in September 2016 issued a final rule on emergency preparedness requiring hospitals to develop and maintain a training and testing program to ensure staff are prepared for natural and man-made disasters and public health emergencies. CMS also developed a webpage with other resources to help providers prepare for emergencies.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.