CMS Issues Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Initiative

On February 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey and Certification emergency preparedness initiative communication: S&C Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revision to State Survey Agency Directors.  The revisions were made to the recommended CMS Emergency Checklist.  According to the Survey & Certification Memorandum, the information is current policy and is in effect for all health care facilities.  Highlights of the changes include:

  • Detailed guidance for patient/resident tracking, to include that the facility should have a  plan for when a patient/resident is determined to be missing during an evacuation,
  • Quantity of water a facility should transport during an evacuation,
  • Expectation of collaboration with Healthcare Coalitions and Local Emergency Personnel, and
  • Reference is made to use FEMA in updating existing emergency plans and using FEMA's best practices and guidance when updating emergency plans.

The link to the S&C letter can be found here.