On September 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Federal Register published the final rule “Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers”. The regulation went into effect on November 15, 2016. Facilities must comply and implement all regulations by November 15, 2017, one (1) year after the effective date.
The purpose of this rule is to establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems:
RPA partners with healthcare organizations to develop a comprehensive EPP that includes planning, training and testing. Effective programs ultimately reduce risk, enhance preparedness and mitigate loss and liability.