09/13/16 - CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

On September 8, 2016 the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation goes into effect on November 16, 2016. There are seventeen (17) health care provider and supplier types affected by this rule who must comply and implement all regulations within one year (by November 16, 2017).

The purpose of this regulation is to establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems.

According to CMS, key information about this new rule includes:

  • Requirements will 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.

  • Must be in compliance with Emergency Preparedness regulations to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid program. The below downloadable sections will provide additional information, such as the background and overview of the final rule and related resources.

Additional information on this Emergency Preparedness Rule can be found at:

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Rule

Supplementary resources related to this rule can be found at: