Beginning on November 15, 2017, hospice agencies must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule. CMS is releasing a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM) that contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the final rule. An advance copy can be obtained here. Surveyors will follow the standard survey protocols during initial, revalidation, recertification, and complaint surveys when evaluating compliance with the hospice emergency preparedness requirements.

Download HEALTHCAREfirst’s latest guide, Hospice CoP Success Guide: Emergency Preparedness, to learn what evidence hospice agencies must be prepared to provide to demonstrate compliance with the emergency preparedness requirements.

Want to learn more? Join HEALTHCAREfirst and regulatory expert Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, MGA for a free online workshop about the hospice emergency preparedness requirements and steps your hospice should be taking now to get ready. Click here to register.