The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released interpretive guideline and survey procedures for the emergency preparedness rule that became effective in November 2016. Similar to how Life Safety Code® requirements have a set of corresponding K-Tags, the emergency preparedness requirements are listed in “E-Tags.”
CMS issued a Survey & Certification Group Memo outlining a new Appendix Z to the State Operations Manual. Appendix Z contains the E-Tags, interpretive guidance, and survey procedures. The full memo, which includes the appendix, are available at the CMS website.
Organizations are expected to be in full compliance with the emergency preparedness rule by Nov. 15, 2017.