CMS Releases Advanced Copy for Appendix Z providing the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM) which contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule. This rule affects all 17 provider and supplier types eligible for participation in Medicare. The rule became effective on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017.


Click here for more information on the release or click here for provider survey certification frequently asked questions.


The following products are being updated to the Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.  Click on the links below for more information.


Item # HSPMANL              Policies & Procedures Manual for Hospice with USB Flash Drive


Item # H50415                  Hospice Regulatory Compliance Guide with USB Flash Drive