The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have issued information on the 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.

Originally 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.

CMS also will host a provider conference call on April 27 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET to give an overview of the final rule and explain how health care facilities can meet the November deadline.

Questions about the emergency preparedness final rule can be sent to SCGEmergencyPrep@cms.hhs.gov. For other questions, contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127.