Following on the heels of the adoption of the 2012 editions of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code this past May, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued another important regulation involving NFPA codes and standards.
The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers final rule, issued in September, imposes a set of new requirements to be considered for various types of entities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement programs. The new regulation impacts 17 organizations as part of their Condition of Participation (CoP) status related to their reimbursement level. The rule requires providers to develop a risk assessment based upon at all hazards disaster or emergency scenario with a planning component that will help them deal with the circumstance. The rule requires the development of an emergency plan, policy and procedure, communication plan, as well as a method to train staff and evaluate facilities about the plan. It also specifies additional criteria for emergency and standby power requirements for certain health care occupancies.
The genesis of these new requirements is based on catastrophic events such as the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy, among other natural hazards. These types of events as well as the recent pandemic outbreaks can challenge a provider’s ability to carry out its day-to-day operations. Maintaining the operation of the facility or service, developing alternative locations for patients to receive treatment or temporarily closing a facility until the imminent danger has passed, will be among the decisions providers will have to define.
Because the rule is around 185 pages, NFPA has prepared a free, downloadable resource (matrix) to help users find the information they need specific to their facility quickly and easily. How does it work? The table lists the 17 provider types in the first column and connects them to the six main subjects covered in the final rule. By clicking on any of the YES boxes in the matrix, you’ll be taken directly to the language for your provider type in the regulation.
This new requirements goes into effect this year on November 15 and the implementation date is one year later – November 15, 2017. Check out NFPA’s CMS resource page to download the matrix and get important information about the emergency preparedness rule. You can find additional NFPA resources in support of the CMS regulations on our NFPA Resources for CMS Requirements webpage.