CMS Issues Interpretive Guidelines for Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which contains interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the emergency preparedness final rule. The new rule affects 17 providers and suppliers; Appendix Z applies to all 17 providers and suppliers included in the final rule. The advance copy of the interpretive guidelines can be downloaded from the CMS website. The compliance deadline for the new rule is Nov. 15. Additional information is also available for CHA members at