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CMS adopts new emergency preparation rule

Hospital Safety Insider, December 22, 2016

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Long-anticipated rule change will affect how hospitals plan for emergencies and disasters

In a not-unexpected move, CMS has adopted a rule change that will require hospitals and other healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid to increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and man-made disasters.
The rule change, which took place in September, was largely a race against time for CMS, which had faced the possibility of starting over had the rule not been adopted by December 2016.

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