Proposed Rule—Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-Participating Providers and Suppliers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed on December 27, 2013, a new rule for Medicare and Medicaid Programs providers and suppliers for emergency preparedness including appropriate planning in a vast area of the medical, public health, and healthcare fields. This was done with the cooperation and input of its public, non-profit, collegiate, professional, and private partners. It meets the standards of all agencies. The new rule emphasizes risk assessment and planning; appropriate policies and procedures for emergencies; developing a back-up communications plan; and appropriate training and testing of people and facilities during the worst possible situation. It discusses: the role of presidential directives; the role of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state and local preparedness; hospital preparedness; the Office of the Inspector General; statutory and regulatory background, etc. (See endnote 91.)

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