The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the final rule requiring 17 of the provider types governed under Medicare and Medicaid programs to establish a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. The regulations go into effect on November 15, 2016 with an implementation date of November 15, 2017. The two major requirements in the regulation are:
- development of an emergency preparedness program, and
- specialized provisions dealing with emergency and backup power supplies for certain health care facilities.
A related component of the rule is the need for hospitals, transplant centers, critical access hospitals and long-term care facilities to carefully evaluate their emergency and standby power systems. Generator capacity and fuel supplies will need to be assessed with particular attention paid to the policy/procedure section of the rule.
See the complete Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule. Our NFPA CMS Resource page offers tools, products and educational materials related to these new rules, as they relate to NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code and NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems. and the site will be updated with new content as information becomes available.