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CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Updated March 26, 2021 CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

End Stage Renal Disease Facilities Requirements CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid, increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters.

Healthcare Ready: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Knowledge Center

Healthcare Ready is eager to assist partners across the country learn what they need to know about CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule, and learn it quickly. We'll be updating this Knowledge Center routinely, so be sure to check back for updates.

FAQs: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

Providers and suppliers affected by CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule must comply with and implement all regulations by November 2017.  Interpretive guidance for the final rule is anticipated for Spring 2017. In the interim, CMS has posted FAQs on their survey and certification website based on questions received in response to the final rule. 

During an Emergency

Continuity Plan Template and Instructions for Non-Federal Entities and CommunityBased Organizations

This template provides instructions, guidance, and sample text for the development of Continuity Plans and programs in accordance with the Continuity Guidance Circular (CGC).

Considerations for Triage of Dialysis Patients

During an emergency, dialysis patients may arrive at local evacuation shelters. Shelter staff can use this resource to help with triaging dialysis patients that arrive at the shelter.

Non-enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact States Grid

Use this reference tool to identify the requirements and procedures for obtaining emergency licensure in different states.

Emergency Preparedness

CDC: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.

Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities (Second Edition)

This CMS document offers guidance on disaster preparedness for dialysis facilities.

Disaster Preparedness: Supplemental Appendix of Customizable Forms (PDF Version)

This supplement to Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities (Second Edition) provides customizable forms for dialysis facilities.


HSAG: ESRD Continuing Education Trainings

HSAG: The Florida End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network, is pleased to offer educational on-line courses through a new website platform called the Learning Management Center (LMC).

FEMA: Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

FEMA's online training portal for emergency preparedness.

AHRQ Continuing Eduation

AHRQ offers free Web-based continuing education for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others. Eligible professionals can read articles and view on-demand webinars that highlight evidence-based practices for improving the quality and safety of patient care. The continuing education/continuing medical education activities highlight evidence-based approaches to treating conditions commonly seen in ambulatory care as well as tools and approaches to improving inpatient safety.

Emergency Management Plans

Flu Season Awareness - Business Planning

This one-pager provides guidance on the planning steps business should take to prepare for flu season.

Flu Season Awareness for Business

Each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity. Through education and planning, you can help protect your employees from the seasonal flu.

CDC: Seasonal Flu Toolkit for Business and Employers

The pages listed below offer public health and health care professionals key information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza.


Nephrology News & Issues

Nephrology News & Issues offers a unique opportunity to cover and offer commentary on the latest developments in nephrology while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among the professional disciplines responsible for delivering care to the end stage renal disease patient while they are still developing, giving the renal community a resource for the latest developments in renal care.

Emergency Management

Emergency Management is the award-winning, all-hazards publication of record for emergency management, public safety and homeland security stakeholders charged to protect our communities, critical infrastructure and the security of our nation.

Clinical Guidance

Clincial Guidance: Patients' Stockpiling of Medications and Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, USP Guidance

Clinical guidance regarding patients stockpiling medications, and sodium polystyrene sulfonate (SPS), USP guidance.