Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CMS Releases Survey Guidance on Exercise Requirement

On March 24th 2017, CMS released a Survey and Certification memo titled Information to Assist Providers and Suppliers in Meeting the New Training and Testing Requirements of the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare & Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule. The memo provides clarification to providers and suppliers in meeting the Training and Testing requirements of the new Emergency Preparedness Final Rule that was published on September 16, 2016 (81 FR 63860) and became effective on November 15, 2016.

CMS shares the following, “Many providers and suppliers have asked whether they will be expected to have completed the “exercises” per the training and testing requirements in each standard (d) of the Final Rule, by the implementation date. Because the Final Rule has an implementation date of November 15, 2017, one year following the effective date, providers and suppliers are expected to meet the requirements of the training and testing program by the implementation date.”

“In order to meet these requirements, we strongly encourage providers and suppliers to seek out and to participate in a full-scale, community-based exercise with their local and/or state emergency agencies and health care coalitions and to have completed a tabletop exercise by the implementation date. We realize that some providers and suppliers are waiting for the release of the interpretive guidance to begin planning these exercises, but that is not necessary nor is it advised. Providers and suppliers that are found to have not completed these exercises, or any other requirements of the Final Rule upon their survey, will be cited for non-compliance.”

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