CHA Releases Draft Comment Letter on Emergency Preparedness CoP Proposed Rule

CHA has prepared a draft comment letter regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule on emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers.

CHA’s letter specifically addresses the hospital provisions; additional comments regarding other settings will appear in CHA News later this week. Due to CHA’s advocacy efforts, CMS intends to announce an extension of the deadline for comments until March 31. CHA anticipates a formal announcement in the Federal Register on Friday, Feb 21. In the meantime, CHA welcomes member feedback on the draft letter.

CHA appreciates CMS’ comprehensive approach to establishing such important regulation, and while CMS made efforts to align with Joint Commission and other industry standards, CHA has identified a number of areas where the proposed regulations are insufficient and must be clarified to improve consistent application of the standard nationwide.

CHA member hospitals can access the draft letter on the CHA website (log-in required). Members are also encouraged to submit their own comment letters.

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