The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule establishes national emergency preparedness standards for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers. This program outlines facility requirements relative to preparedness, response, recovery, for both natural and man-made disasters, while coordinating with federal, state, tribal, regional, local emergency preparedness systems and other healthcare providers.
These requirements are focused on essential elements necessary for maintaining access to healthcare during disasters or emergencies: while safeguarding human resources and maintaining business continuity.
CMS Facilities should complete this submission annually to ensure compliance with facility specific requirements during a CMS survey. Further guidance may be located at the CMS Website.