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CMS Proposes Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Participating Providers and Suppliers

Dec 29, 2013

A proposed rule recently posted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they adequately plan for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It would also ensure that providers and suppliers are adequately prepared to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters and emergency situations. The rule would affect hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, ambulatory surgical centers, among others. The deadline for comments is February 25, 2014.