The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announce the Final Rule for New emergency preparedness requirements.
CMS stated that its purpose in crafting the Emergency Preparedness requirements was to create uniformity and consistency across all supplier and provider types.
The final rule addresses the three key essentials we believe are necessary for maintaining access to healthcare services during emergencies: safeguarding human resources, maintaining business continuity, and protecting physical resources.
The deadline for providers to have their facilities ready is November 15, 2017.
The Summary to Final Rule 81 FR 63859 states:
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.
This rule applies to all Medicare & Medicaid providers and requires specific actions, training and testing of employees.
Read the Final Rule: Federal Register