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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule


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.  This document provides links to numerous related resources applicable to a variety of providers and suppliers.

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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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