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Joint Commission Resources

Updated: Apr 12, 2018

In this issue (January 31, 2018):

CMS EM Final Rule: organizations required to have two emergency operations plan exercises
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The Joint Commission confirmed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that organizations are required to have two exercises of their emergency operations plan annually (responses to actual disasters can serve in lieu of planned exercises). This is required as part of the standards that became effective on Nov. 15, 2017, in response to CMS’ Emergency Management Final Rule. This requirement applies to the following organizations, including those undergoing an initial survey:

  • Deemed hospitals

  • Critical access hospitals

  • Deemed home health

  • Deemed hospice

  • Deemed ambulatory surgical centers

  • Rural health clinics

  • Federally qualified health centers

For background information on the standards, see the Nov. 1, 2017 Joint Commission Online article. (Contact: Standards Interpretation Group, 630-792-5900)

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