CMS - Preparedness


The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule


On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare published a final rule on emergency preparedness for healthcare providers. The rule serves to establish national, consistent emergency preparedness requirements for 17 different providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid.



Providers / Suppliers Impacted by

the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Click here to review the list of 17 specific provider and supplier types affected by the newly released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Rule.



CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Resources

NCTTRAC Online Learning Management System:

The “Guidelines for Healthcare Agency Emergency Preparedness” course below will register you as a coalition member and you can find the certificate of completion in the achievements section of the course.Upon completion of the “Guidelines for Healthcare Agency Emergency Preparedness” course, click on your course library to view the resources available by CMS provider type.

CMS Guidelines for Healthcare Agency Emergency Preparedness


CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Surveyor Training:

CMS has developed the new Emergency Preparedness Training Online Course which is available online 24/7. This course is required for all State Survey Agency and Regional Office surveyors and reviewers who conduct or review health and safety or LSC surveys for emergency preparedness requirements. Non-survey professionals involved in and responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations are also encouraged to take the course.

Surveyor Training


State Operations Manual:

This document provides the State Operations Manual Appendix Z- Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types Interpretive Guidance.

Interpretive Guidance for State Operations Manual


Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE):

TRACIE was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. This page provides links to resources that can help provider and suppliers comply with the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Rule.



How NCTTRAC Can Help

The HCCs in TSA-C, D and E are poised to play an integral role in the implementation of the CMS Rule for the 17 Provider Types.  NCTTRAC has made available the following basic support functions:

Tools, Templates, and Resources:

Networking Opportunities:

  • Click here to join the Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee (REPC) mailing list.
  • Click here to join the Regional Training and Exercise mailing list.

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