The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules will now require healthcare providers to participate in emergency preparedness activities. The rule applies to 17 different provider and supplier types, including outpatient surgery, home health agencies, physical therapy offices, and others. The finalized CMS rule is effective as of November 16, 2016 and the implementation date will be November 16, 2017. The new rule will require CMS licensed/certified providers to plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems to ensure that facilities are adequately prepared to meet the needs of their patients during disasters and emergency situations.
The rule requires affected groups to implement four component standards, defined by CMS as:
By joining the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Healthcare Coalition, your healthcare providers can connect to resources and collaborate with other agencies to share information and build partnerships. The Healthcare Coalition offers opportunities to achieve greater organizational and community effectiveness and financial sustainability through a more inclusive preparedness community. The Healthcare Coalition can assist your healthcare facility in the following:
Please take a moment to explore the links and resources below for further information. We recommend starting with the "CMS Top 10 Things to Know" document and attending our next Public Health Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (PHEPAC) meeting.
CMS Top 10 Things to Know (This document contains important and helpful links):
San Luis Obispo Healthcare Coalition Website (Meeting and Contact Information)
Final CMS Rules:
ASPR TRACIE CMS Rule Standard Brief
https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/documents/aspr tracie cms rule standard brief.pptx
17 Provider and Supplier Types:
Interpretive Guidelines (IGs):