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.


Click on any of the following MED-PASS emergency preparedness tools that comply with the advance guidance:


Item # H50050            Emergency Preparedness Planning and Resource Manual with CD


Item # H50040            Emergency Preparedness and Response Policy and Procedure Manual with CD


Item # MP5050GD      Emergency Management Guide


Item # MP5055CRD    Employee Emergency Code Badge


And Coming in Fall 2017


Item # IS301                Disaster Preparedness: Knowing What to Do