CMS Updates its Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made two changes to its Emergency Preparedness Appendix Z. The first change is adding “emerging infectious diseases” to the current definition of all-hazards approach.  

Other clarifications include:

  • Provided additional clarification on safe temperatures (HVAC) in areas deemed necessary to protect patients.
  • Provides elaboration on use of portable generators.
  • Clarification on emergency preparedness training for contract-based employees.
  • Inclusion of statement allowing facilities that activate their emergency plan twice in one year to exempt out of both annual exercise requirements.

For more information, see the CMS Memo ​