On September 8, 2016, the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. Healthcare providers and suppliers affected by this rule must comply with and implement all regulations by November 15, 2017.
These Emergency Preparedness regulations have been incorporated into the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and the Hospice requirements are in the State Operations Manual, Appendix Z- Emergency Preparedness for All Providers and Certified Supplier Types, Interpretive Guidance. ACHC recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the revised ACHC Accreditation Standards that incorporate the new Emergency Preparedness requirements. These new standards are available to download on Customer Central.
You can view the interpretive guidelines and valuable resources to assist with developing your agency’s Emergency Preparedness Plan online.
ACHC has developed several educational resources to help you prepare for compliance with Emergency Preparedness Conditions of Participation:
- Items Needed for Home Health Survey
- Items Needed for Hospice Survey
- Items Needed for Hospice Inpatient Survey
DYK Educational Emails
- Emergency Preparedness Requirement
- Developing Your Emergency Preparedness Plan
- Hospice Emergency Preparedness Policy & Procedure and Communication Plan Requirements
- Home Health Emergency Preparedness Policy & Procedure and Communication Plan Requirements
- Hospice Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing
- Home Health Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing
- Hospice Checklist for Emergency Preparedness
- Home Health Checklist for Emergency Preparedness