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CMS Issues Guidance for Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released interpretive guidance on a final rule establishing new emergency preparedness measures for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers.

The deadline for meeting all applicable requirements of the rule, including training and testing, is Nov. 15.

CMS in March issued information on the final rule, which originally was released in September 2016. The rule requires 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. To aid health care facilities in meeting these requirements, CMS developed a web page with checklists, links to emergency preparedness agencies, planning templates, and other resources.

The interpretive guidance supports the adoption of a standard all-hazards emergency preparedness program that will enable providers and suppliers to better anticipate and plan for needs, rapidly respond as a facility, as well as integrate with local public health and emergency management agencies following disaster.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.



About the Author

Michelle Rosenfeld is senior writer/editor at America's Essential Hospitals.

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