Resources on New Emergency Preparedness Rule Now Available
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:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Emergency Preparedness Regulation
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response – Technical Assistance Center: HHS created this technical assistance center to assist health care entities with emergency preparedness. Visitors can access self-serve technical resources, one-on-one support and peer-to-peer information exchanges.
- CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips: Includes general information about the rule and upcoming webinars and conference presentations, as well as quick links to technical assistance resources.
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.