State Survey Agency (SA) and Regional Office (RO) surveyors are now fully trained and ready to ask the tough questions during your healthcare organization’s regular CMS  (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) survey cycle. For nursing homes, it’s every year; for hospitals, it’s every three. Yours may be somewhere in between.

So, will your facility pass the looming survey for compliance with CMS’ Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule? Good question. The November 15 deadline for adhering to the Congress-approved ruling has come and gone, but some organizations—namely those that are smaller and more specialized—might still be struggling to comply. And, somewhat justifiably.

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