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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rules Update


Attention all Medicare program applicants and enrolled facilities. This announcement pertains to compliance in the AAAASF ASC, OPT, and RHC programs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published Emergency Preparedness Final Rules for all certification programs on September 16, 2016. The rules became effective on November 15, 2016 and require full implementation by November 15, 2017. This means that all AAAASF accredited facilities must already be in compliance with the new requirements by the time AAAASF begins surveying on the new requirements on November 15, 2017. Please refer to the included CMS Survey & Certification memo for regulatory reference numbers and resources that will help in achieving compliance with the new requirements. Facilities that have not completed required exercises or fulfilled the other Emergency Preparedness requirements as of the implementation date, will be cited as deficient. more

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