Emergency Preparedness

The proposed rule, when finalized, would revise CMS’s September 2016 final rule on Emergency Preparedness and the related implementation provisions published in November 2017. The focus of this new proposal is to reduce the burden and associated costs related to complying with the existing emergency preparedness requirements. proposed changes will affect all Medicare and Medicaid participating healthcare providers including nursing homes.

Specific proposals include:

We also want to hear from you about what resources you need to be successful under these models. This survey is applicable to all provider types whether you are involved in a federal bundled payment program or Accountable Care Organization, a state initiative to better coordinate care, or are partnering to offer services on your HUD housing campus. Please take a 15-20 minutes today to answer a few questions as part of our member survey and help us build our knowledge. 

Nursing home and hospice providers in several states are experiencing significant delays in obtaining controlled substances prescriptions for their residents because of recent enforcement actions by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) against long-term care pharmacies pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and its implementing regulations.  These enforcement actions are resulting in sick and dying residents being left for hours—and even days—without adequate symptom relief to treat pain, seizures, psychiatric and end of life symptoms.  Residents’ unnecessary suff


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