CMS COVID-19 Guidance: Emergency Preparedness Testing Exercise Requirements (9/20)

By CMS - September 28, 2020

CMS QSO Memo: Guidance related to the Emergency Preparedness Testing Exercise Requirements- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Memo # QSO-20-41-ALL

Posting Date 2020-09-28

Fiscal Year 2020


• Emergency Preparedness Testing Exemption and Guidance - CMS regulations for Emergency Preparedness require specific testing exercises be conducted to validate the facility’s emergency program. During or after an actual emergency, the regulations allow for an exemption to the testing requirements based on real world actions taken by providers and suppliers.

• This worksheet presents guidance for surveyors, as well as providers and suppliers, with relevant scenarios on meeting the testing requirements in light of many of the response activities associated with the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).