CMS Releases Updated Emergency Preparedness Guidance

From the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released emergency preparedness (EP) guidance for surveyors, as well as providers and suppliers, with assessing a facility’s compliance with the EP requirements. Both home health agencies and hospice providers must conduct exercises to test the emergency plan at least annually, and both inpatient and outpatient providers that activate their emergency plans are exempt from the next required full-scale community-based or individual, facility-based functional exercise. This exemption is based on the facility’s 12-month exercise cycle. The cycle is determined by the facility (e.g. calendar, fiscal or another 12-month timeframe)...

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