CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a emergency preparedness rule for health providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. This rule allows facilities to establish and maintain consistent emergency preparedness policies and procedures in order to increase patient safety during emergencies. This rule will establish a better coordinated response to any natural or human-caused disasters.

Wisconsin has over 1,200 providers across the state that will be affected by the new rule. 


CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Presentation (PDF)

This is a DPH presentation on the emergency preparedness rule, which contains background on the rule, provides technical guidance, and gives a preview of DPH-developed resources to provide guidance for providers. A recording of the slides is also available.

Below are some frequently asked questions on the rule.

Who does this rule affect?

  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)
  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)
  • Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services
  • Hospitals
  • Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs)
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID)
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORFs)
  • Long-Term Care (LTC)
  • End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Facilities
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs)
  • Home Health Agencies (HHAs)
  • Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions (RNHCIs)
  • Hospices
  • Transplant Centers
  • Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs)
  • Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)


What resources are available?


Disclaimer: Any information provided by the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Health Care, any of Wisconsin’s emergency healthcare coalitions, or their staff regarding the new CMS emergency preparedness rule is intended for advisory purposes only. None of the tools or assistance provided guarantee any outcome during facility survey visits. Facilities are solely responsible for meeting CMS requirements.

Questions? Contact your regional health care coalition coordinator (PDF).

Last Revised: August 14, 2017