Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule Guidance

The Centers for Medicare and 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. 

The rule was published on September 16, 2016 and is effective as of November 15, 2016. The regulations must be implemented by affected entities by November 15, 2017. This rule applies to 17 provider/types as a condition of participation for CMS. The providers/suppliers are required to meet four core elements with specific requirements adjusted based on the individual characteristics of each provider and supplier.

If you are unsure where to begin, the Start Here tab contains a great overview of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements courtesy of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). Each of the remaining tabs below represents a core requirement and contains resources that may assist you in achieving compliance.

The information provided should not be considered a comprehensive report on CMS regulations, interpretive guidance or compliance. Frederick County is not responsible or liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary violations of CMS compliance. For specific questions regarding CMS, the emergency preparedness rule or compliance, contact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  1. Start Here
  2. Emergency Plan
  3. Policies and Procedures
  4. Communication Plan
  5. Testing and Training

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