CMS Survey Tool for the Emergency Preparedness Rule (E-Tags)

Type: Planning and Response
Author: Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS)
Year of Publishing: 2017
Description: This is a link to the CMS Surveyor's Tool, which accompanied the 6-2-17 advance copy of the Interpretive Guidelines for the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. The CMS Survey & Certification Memo (Ref: S&C 17-29-ALL) accompanying the tool states: "Similar to how Life Safety Code (LSC) requirements have a set of K-Tags that are utilized for citations for multiple provider and supplier types, the emergency preparedness requirements will have a set of tags that will be utilized to cite non-compliance for all 17 provider and supplier types included in the final rule. The tags for emergency preparedness will be “E” Tags and accessible to both health and safety surveyors and LSC Surveyors. State survey agencies will have discretion regarding whether the LSC or health and safety surveyors will conduct the emergency preparedness surveys. Note: Surveying for compliance with the emergency preparedness requirements does not begin before November 15, 2017."
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