Compiled by IPRO HQIC
According to the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, all 17 provider/supplier types must have an Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP) as part of their Conditions of Participation.
Additionally, many states require other groups, such as community-based organizations, to have their own plans or adopt the county-level plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of all organizations having a plan that addresses the four core elements of an Emergency Preparedness Program:
- Risk Assessment and Planning
- Communication Plan
- Policies and Procedures
- Training and Testing
We encourage organizations to align their EPP with their community (or county) plan, to assist with regional preparedness. This guide includes links to key guidance, training, and sample templates to help build and/or refine a comprehensive EPP.