CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Emergency Preparedness for Home Care and Hospice Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule in Federal Register that establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers to ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters.
The proposed rule addresses emergency preparedness requirements that 17 provider and supplier types must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Home health and hospice provides are among the provider types that will have emergency preparedness requirements included in their conditions of participation.
CMS recognizes the variations that exist among the different provider and supplier types and takes those differences into account, while also providing generally consistency in emergency preparedness requirements. CMS proposes that emergency preparedness for all designated provider and supplier types will include the following four core elements.