Post-acute care might see relaxation of emergency prep requirements

Home health agencies and other facilities only would need to review their emergency preparedness programs every two years if a proposal from CMS is finalized.

CMS’ proposed rule, “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction,” was included in the Sept. 20 Federal Register. The federal Medicare agency is seeking to reduce burdens for health care providers and patients.

The proposal includes several changes that would affect CMS’ emergency preparedness requirement, which took effect in November 2017.

Related links: Read CMS’ proposed rule at https://bit.ly/2xeZzt6. Comment by 5 p.m. EST Nov. 19 at www.regulations.gov. Read Appendix Z of the state operations manual at https://go.cms.gov/2s4vFGm.

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