Emergency Preparedness Requirement






Issued in late 2013, this proposed federal rule establishes emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers. The goal is for providers to prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations. Requirements address development of an emergency plan based on a risk assessment; policies and procedures based on the plan and risk assessment; and a communication plan that ensures coordination of care within the facility and with external providers and emergency systems; and training and testing.

Sources of additional information

  • CLICK HERE to read the final rule published by CMS.
  • CLICK HERE to read the interpretive guidance.
  • CLICK HERE to read a summary of the proposed rule prepared by LeadingAge.
  • CLICK HERE to view a CMS guidance document/checklist issued in December 2013, which has a framework similar to the proposed rule.
  • CLICK HERE for the CMS final rule crosswalk updated document.
  • CLICK HERE for long term care FAQs.
  • CLICK HERE to find ASPR Tracie resources.
  • CLICK HERE to find a map of your regional planning area.
  • CLICK HERE for the Kaiser Permanente Hazards Vulnerability Analysis tool.
  • CLICK HERE to find additional resources.

Important dates and deadlines

November 2015: Office of Management
and Budget Began Final Review of Rule
Published Sept. 16, 2016
Effective date Nov. 15, 2017