Lessons Learned: New Emergency Management Requirements for Healthcare
This week, emergency preparedness requirements for the healthcare industry will be significantly modified. The Department of Health and Human Services has finalized a new rule that will significantly alter the requirements of all Medicare and Medicaid eligible healthcare facilities.
The rule is titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Emergency Management Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers”. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) first published in December 2013, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers. CMS began this procedure three years ago to ensure health care providers and suppliers adequately plan for natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. The new rule also ensures these providers and suppliers are adequately prepared to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on September 16, 2016 and be effective 60 days after publication; it must be fully implemented by the end of 2017.