February 5, 2018

CMS: Two exercises of emergency operations plan required annually

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

The Joint Commission reported on January 31 that it had confirmed with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that organizations are required to have two exercises of their emergency operations plan annually.

Among the organizations to which the requirement applies are:

  • deemed hospitals
  • critical access hospitals
  • deemed ambulatory surgical centers.

Responses to actual disasters can serve instead of planned exercises.

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