CMS has developed the new Emergency Preparedness Training Online Course which is available online 24/7. This course is required for all State Survey Agency and Regional Office surveyors and reviewers who conduct or review health and safety or LSC surveys for emergency preparedness requirements. Non-survey professionals involved in and responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations are also encouraged to take the course. Accessing the Course is Simple:When you navigate to the Integrated Surveyor Training Website (https://surveyortraining.cms.hhs.gov), click on “I am a Provider.” Next, click on the course catalog and search for the “Emergency Preparedness” course. You do not need a username and password when accessing the course through the provider link. If you need technical assistance, please contact the CMS ISTW Help Desk at 1-855-791-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Surveying for the emergency preparedness requirements begins November 15th, 2017.
Advanced Copy of Interpretive Guidelines: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM) which contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule.
It’s what we’ve all been waiting for! The capability refresh for our next 5-year grant period. Take a peek, there’s good stuff in here!