CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: NEXT STEPS

What the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Means for Your Community

Download a copy of our slides on the CMS Rule, click here.

Download a copy of our co-presenter’s slides, Sharon Medcalf, on her Long-Term Care Center Study, click here.


Public Health Agencies

Whole Community Preparedness: Strengthen relationships with partner organizations in public health, emergency management, and healthcare coalitions

Connect to the Private Sector: Engage stakeholders from businesses in your area to leverage and share resources. Begin with existing and active groups to recruit Closed POD partners, MOU partners, etc.

Sit at the Head of the Table: Take a proactive role in coordinating preparedness activities with your jurisdiction. Share resources that would facilitate compliance such as risk assessment tools, training materials, exercise resources, etc.

Expand Exercises: Engage healthcare coalitions and healthcare providers in the community for exercises. Invite them to participate in the planning and overall design of the event

Healthcare Coalitions

Lead by Example: Take a leadership role by recruiting newly affected facilities and provider types such as Dialysis Centers, Surgery Centers, Transplant Centers, Hospice, Community Mental Health Centers

Create a Committee: Create an internal emergency preparedness committee or a committee devoted to the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Create a MYTEP: Establish a 1-5 year training and exercise plan with target PHEP and HPP capabilities. Align accreditation and rule requirements

Gather Your Resources: Download exercise materials, customize, and begin planning with your region or community as soon as possible

Presentation Resources

For more information about the CMS Rule:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

Federal Register:

Yale New Haven Health System’s Crosswalk:

ASPR TRACIE’s “CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips”

Emergency Plans, Communication Plans, and Policy/Procedures:

California Hospital Association:

CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist:

Conversations with Executive Leadership Toolkit:

Kaiser Permanente Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Tool:


Yale New Haven Health System Training:

The Joint Commission’s Emergency Management Resources for Healthcare:

CDC’s “Introducing the Healthcare Preparedness Toolbox”:

15 ‘til 50 Medical Surge Toolkit:

Toolbox – A Resource Guide for Healthcare Providers: (PDF)


Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program: Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (2013):

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. “Hospital Preparedness Exercises” 2010. and

Radiological Injury Treatment Network:

California Hospital Association:

Statewide Medical and Health Exercise:


Presentation Mentions:

During the presentation some of the following tools were mentioned:

Pan Flu Scramble:

“How to write a TTX in 30 Minutes” Handout: click here.

Santa Cruz Health Care Coalition tools and website:

California Primary Care Association’s CMS Rule toolkit for clinics will be published in late May/early June through their website: and they have a webinar coming up in May on the Training and Testing Requirement: