CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

On September 16, 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted final rule for Emergency Preparedness regulations effective November 16, 2016. 17 facility types will be affected by the new regulations which focus on 4 Core Elements of Emergency Preparedness:


Emergency Plan

  • Based on a risk assessment
  • Using an all-hazards approach
  • Update plan annually

Policies & Procedures

  • Based on a risk assessment and emergency plan
  • Must address: subsistence of staff and patients, evacuation, sheltering in place, tracking patients and staff

Communications Plan

  • Complies with Federal and State laws
  • Coordinate patient care within facility, across providers, and with state and local public health and emergency management

Training and Exercise Program

  • Develop training program, including initial training on policies & procedures
  • Conduct drills and exercises: Full-Scale Exercise annually and additional exercise for some facility types

Focus on CMS Workshops

The Public Health Department will conduct 1 hour workshops on the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule based on facility type. Please see the schedule below for information to find the workshop for your facility type. The workshops will be held during the first hour of the Disaster Healthcare Coalition meeting 10-11 am and we have conference call and webinar capability.

March 16 - SNF/ICF
10-11am Lompoc Healthcare Center

April 20 - Home Health/Hospice
10-11am Santa Maria

May 18- Outpatient/Dialysis
10-11am Santa Barbara

July 20 - Hospital/ Ambulatory Surgery Center
10-11am Santa Barbara

Additional Resources

Please use the following recourse to learn more about the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule:

If you have any questions or are looking for a specific resource please contact Stacey Rosenberger at (805) 681-4912 or