CMS Posts FAQs about New Emergency Preparedness Rule

PUBLISHED: Dec 2, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted answers to a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about their new emergency preparedness requirements. In September StayAlert! reviewed the new requirements, which must be implemented by November 15, 2017.

The FAQs address topics including:

  • Documentation requirements
  • Survey process requirements
  • Testing and training
  • Risk assessment and documentation
  • Transfer agreements and coordination required
  • Life Safety Code

CMS is expected to publish more detailed interpretive guidance on the new Emergency Preparedness requirements in the upcoming months. StayAlert! is continuing to monitor this topic and will publish additional notices as information becomes available.

The final rule was published on November 16, 2016 in order to establish national Emergency Preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems. The requirements apply to all 17 provider and supplier types. Each provider and supplier will have its own set of Emergency Preparedness regulations incorporated into its set of conditions or requirements for certification. All provider types must be in compliance with Emergency Preparedness regulations to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program.

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