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Stephanie Pellitt

Policy and Advocacy Associate

Resources on New Emergency Preparedness Rule Now Available

November 3, 2016 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a set of requirements to prevent breakdowns in patient care following natural disasters and other emergencies. These new requirements will directly impact a limited number of mental health providers, including those registered with Medicare as Community Mental Health Centers. This week, CMS released a number of resources for providers to review and utilize as they strive to meet compliance by the November, 2017 deadline.

Affected providers should review this section-by-section summary of the new rule and consider the following technical assistance resources from CMS:


Although the term “community mental health center” is widely used, the newly released rule applies only to organizations that fall under the very narrow definition of a CMHC used in Medicare for providers of partial hospitalization services. Nationwide, only 198 organizations are registered with Medicare as CMHCs; most community-based mental health and addiction providers fall under the broader category of outpatient clinic—a category not affected by this final rule. Not sure whether your clinic is a Medicare CMHC? Click here to view our FAQs on this topic.