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


    Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions (RNHCIs)

    Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)


    Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs)

    All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

    Transplant Centers

    Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities

    Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)

    Home Health Agencies (HHAs)

    Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs)

    Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)

    Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient, Physical Therapy and Speech-   Language Pathology Services

    Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)

    Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)

    Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

    End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities


CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Resources

NCTTRAC Online Learning Management System:

CMS References by Provider Type

The “Guidelines for Healthcare Agency Emergency Preparedness” course above 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 Emergency Preparedness Rule Surveyor Training:

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.


State Operations Manual:

Interpretive Guidance for State Operations Manual

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


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.


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