On Tuesday, March 28, a letter dated March 24 went out to assist with some guidance for meeting the new Emergency Preparedness Final Rule. In it, it states that providers and suppliers are expected to have completed the “exercises” per the training and testing requirements. It goes on to say that they strongly encourage providers and suppliers to partner with local and state emergency agencies and health care coalitions to conduct full scale exercises and to have conducted a table top exercise. Knowing that full scale exercises are not always possible for some providers and suppliers, they expect that a facility-based exercise has been done and to document why a full scale has not been possible. They also encourage providers and suppliers not to wait on final guidance to take these actions as not having done exercises or met the other requirements by November 15, 2017 will result in being sited for non-compliance.
(Ref: S&C 17-21-ALL)