Implementation Date Nears for HHS Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule [September 15, 2017] [open pdf - 180KB]
"On November 16, 2017, many U.S. health care entities will be expected to fully comply with new federal emergency preparedness requirements. Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers (the 'EP Rule'), issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), became effective November 16, 2016. In the 2013 proposed rule, CMS said it had concluded that 'the current regulatory patchwork of federal, state, and local laws and guidelines, combined with the various accrediting organization emergency preparedness standards, falls far short of what is needed to require that health care providers and suppliers be adequately prepared for a disaster.' Where federal requirements apply, they may be outmoded, lack sufficient depth, or be inconsistent across facility types."
CRS Insight, IN10778
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html