New Rule Requires Providers and Health-Care Facilities to Have Emergency Preparedness Plans

On September 8, 2016, CMS announced a rule requiring providers and health-care facilities to have emergency plans. Seventeen provider and supplier types which serve Medicare/Medicaid patients will have one year from November 16, 2016, to comply with new national emergency preparedness requirements. This is intended to ensure adequate planning for natural and human-caused disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems.

The following are links to information about the rule, provider types subject to the requirement, and templates for planning:

Provider types:

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response/Technical Resource Assistance Center and Information Exchange (ASPR /TRACIE) has a dedicated resource page,, with additional links to resources to help you start or update your planning process. ASPR/TRACIE works closely with CMS to gather and share relevant resources and help with assistance requests.