CMS Releases Advance Copy of Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines

June 16, 2017 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an advance copy of Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule. CMS states that it has compiled the requirements into a single appendix because the Conditions of Participation, Conditions for Coverage, and requirements "apply across all 17 providers and suppliers and only vary slightly."

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