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. The CMS Preparedness Rule dictates that all 17 provider types must develop and maintain a comprehensive emergency preparedness program that contains the following: an Emergency Plan, Emergency Preparedness Policies and Procedures, a Communications Plan, and an Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing Program. Specific provider types have additional requirements.
The 17 specific provider and supplier types affected by the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule are:
- 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 (HHA)
- 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 (“Organizations”)
- 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
State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) Program
The State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) program is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community. Texas communities use the registry information in different ways. Registering yourself in the STEAR registry DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive a specific service during an emergency. Available services will vary by community.
Click here to learn more.
Click here for assisted living facilities and nursing home registration.
Health Sector Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) Course
More information to come on future courses.
TECHNICAL RESOURCES, ASSISTANCE CENTER, AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE (TRACIE)
How NCTTRAC Can Help
Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee
- Click here to join the Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee (REPC) mailing list
Emergency Operations Plan
CMS Workshop Slides – EOP California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) Emergency Operations Plan Template
CMS Workshop Slides – Communication Plan CMS Communications Plan Template CMS Communications Plan Crosswalk and Provider Type Checklists MDPH Hospital Evacuation Toolkit
Training and Testing
NEXT DATE: TBD WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Long Term Care facilities, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Centers, Dialysis Centers, and any facility that NOW falls under the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND: Review of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness rules and strategies to meet them.* Coalition involvement. Hands-on workshops to review Emergency Operations Plans and Communications Plans, recommended components, and much more!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING: Emergency Operations Plan and Communications Plan *This workshop is NOT intended to be a course which will guarantee compliance with Conditions of Participation (CoPs) or Conditions for Coverage (CfC).