CMS Proposes Emergency Preparedness Rules for LTC

Based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposal published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2013, long term care facilities would have to meet comprehensive emergency preparedness regulations.  The proposal would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems.

In the proposal CMS indicates that four core elements of an emergency preparedness program should include:

  • Risk assessment and planning
  • Policies and procedures
  • Communication plan
  • Training and testing

The proposed rule can be found here Comments are being accepted through February 25th.  The American Health Care Association (AHCA) will be preparing comments on the proposal to submit to CMS.  If members would like to offer comments to AHCA to be included in their response, please forward them to Peggy Connorton.