The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, Final Rule on September 16, 2016.
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 aslso assist providers and suppliers to adequatey prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations. Despite some variations, these 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.
These regulations were effective as of November 16, 2016.
The regulations must be implemented by November 15, 2017.