Long Term Care Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Updates Effective March 26, 2021

Long Term Care Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Updates Effective March 26, 2021

This is a repeat article, please make sure you have added Emerging Infectious Diseases to your Emergency Preparedness Plan. It is expected you will have this in your plan, and surveyors will be looking for this when they come in for your recertification surveys.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) worked closely with CMS in the development of the rule.

This document combines excerpts from the Final Rule and Interpretive Guidelines (as updated 3.6.19, 11.8.19, and 3.26.21) from CMS to provide a consolidated overview document for the Long-Term Care Requirements. This document reflects final language as of the most recent Final Rule updates and Interpretive Guidance updates as of March 26, 2021. For a comparison of changes between past versions, please review the Interpretive Guidelines published by CMS on March 26, 2021

 

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May 20, 2021