CMS Establishes Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare, Medicaid Providers

January 10, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to establish more comprehensive national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers, including ambulatory surgery centers and federally qualified health centers. The proposed rule was developed in response to CMS’s belief that the current regulatory patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and guidelines, combined with emergency preparedness standards from various accrediting organizations, falls short of what is needed to require that healthcare providers and suppliers be adequately prepared for a disaster.

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