Guidance Related to the Emergency Preparedness Testing Exercise Requirements- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [open pdf - 272KB]
From the Memorandum Summary: " 'Emergency Preparedness Testing Exemption and Guidance' - CMS [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] regulations for Emergency Preparedness require specific testing exercises be conducted to validate the facility's emergency program. During or after an actual emergency, the regulations allow for an exemption to the testing requirements based on real world actions taken by providers and suppliers.  This worksheet presents guidance for surveyors, as well as providers and suppliers, with relevant scenarios on meeting the testing requirements in light of many of the response activities associated with the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Public Health Emergency (PHE)."
Reference No. QSO-20-41-ALL
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/