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An Advanced Copy of Interpretive Guidelines was recently released by CMS: a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule.

The final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published in the September 16, 2016 Federal Register. It became effective on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017. CMS emphasized in announcing the new Appendix Z that “surveying for compliance with the emergency preparedness requirements does not begin before November 15, 2017.”

All Providers/Suppliers Addressed

All 17 providers and suppliers are affected by the rule; therefore, Appendix Z addresses all. The final rule established national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It also assists providers and suppliers to adequately prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations.

For a copy of the Interpretive Guidance as an attachment to a June 2 CMS memo to State Survey Agency Directors click here.


by: Ronald M. Schwartz, writer, The Remington Report

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