CMS issues information on emergency preparedness requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued information for implementation of training and testing requirements under the Emergency Preparedness final rule by the November 15, 2017 deadline. In order to meet the requirement for training exercises under the rule, CMS encourages healthcare providers and suppliers to participate in a full-scale, community-based exercise with their local and/or state emergency agencies and healthcare coalitions and to have completed a tabletop exercise by the implementation date. CMS has developed a website containing resources such as checklists, links to emergency preparedness agencies, planning templates and many other valuable resources to assist providers in meeting the requirements of the rule.