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Emergency Preparedness Deadline Quickly Approaching

Friday, October 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin surveying based on the revised emergency preparedness standards on November 15, 2017. The revised requirements are outlined in the final rule published in September 2016, which established national emergency preparedness requirements for all 17 Medicare and Medicaid provider and supplier types. The rule creates mandatory elements and planning procedures that facilities must institute to account for facility occupant safety in the event of natural and man-made emergencies. CMS breaks down a compliant emergency preparedness plan into four basic provisions, outlined below. Each provision should be reviewed and updated at least annually.

As reported by ASCA over the summer, CMS also released an Advanced Copy of the Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines. Since the requirements apply for all Medicare-certified providers and suppliers, CMS compiled the guidelines for all facilities under one appendix, Appendix Z. CMS also released other tools on its emergency preparedness page that may help facilities as they implement this new rule. Included on this page is a spreadsheet for surveyors that includes the Emergency Preparedness tags. While this document includes all facility types, ASCA has created a document specifically for ASCs so that our members can look at only the information that applies to ASCs, which is available here. This and links to other emergency preparedness resources can be found here.

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