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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule


Advanced Copy: CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures

On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers (Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 180). The rule, which affects all 17 provider and supplier types eligible for participation in Medicare, became effective on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017.

This is an advanced copy of the "Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures" that CMS released on June 2.

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Emergency Preparedness Survey Tool for Dialysis

Each of the seventeen provider and supplier types included under the Final Rule will have its own set of emergency preparedness regulations incorporated into its set of conditions or requirements for certification. This is the surveyor tool with the emergency preparedness tags for dialysis facilities. 

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Healthcare Ready: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Knowledge Center

Healthcare Ready is eager to assist partners across the country learn what they need to know about CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule, and learn it quickly. We'll be updating this Knowledge Center routinely, so be sure to check back for updates.

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FAQs: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Providers and suppliers affected by CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule must comply with and implement all regulations by November 2017.  Interpretive guidance for the final rule is anticipated for Spring 2017. In the interim, CMS has posted FAQs on their survey and certification website based on questions received in response to the final rule. 

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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters.  Templates and checklists can be can be found on the CMS website.  

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MLN Connects: Understanding the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

This is a recording of the October 5, 2016 CMS MLN Connects National Provider Call, "Understanding the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule". The Emergency Preparedness Requirements final rule established national requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers. During this call, CMS discussed the new requirements and revisions in the final rule, as well as how to plan for both natural and man-made disasters, while coordinating with other emergency preparedness systems.

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ASPR TRACIE: CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Resources

This page provides links to resources that can help provider and suppliers comply with the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Rule.

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Federal Register: CMS Final Rule for Emergency Preparedness

This final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It will also assist providers and suppliers to adequately prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations. Despite some variations, our regulations will provide consistent emergency preparedness requirements, enhance patient safety during emergencies for persons served by Medicare- and Medicaid-participating facilities, and establish a more coordinated and defined response to natural and man-made disasters.

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ASPR TRACIE: 2017–2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities

This PowerPoint and recording provides guidance to describe what the health care delivery system, including HCCs, hospitals, and emergency medical services, have to do to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact the public's health.

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Call Materials: Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call (4/27/17)

Recording, slides, and transcript from the CMS National Provider Call that took place on April 27, 2017 covering the Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule.

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2017 Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Requirements

This document from Tampa Bay Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition offers an overview of the changes to emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers.

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State Healthcare Coalitions List

Healthcare coalitions are a critical resource/partner in which to have existing established relationships prior to an emergency, and ESRD facilities are now required to coordinate with healthcare coalitions as part of the updated Emergency Preparedness Final Rule.

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