Provider Letter No. 17-32 – DADS latest provider letters addressed to the Medicare and Medicaid Certified Nursing Facilities (NFs), Medicare-Certified Home Health and Hospice Agencies, and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICFs/IID) all must comply with new federal emergency preparedness Requirements for Participation, including training and testing program requirements, by November 15, 2017.
The NF’s are a required to participate in an annual full scale exercise that is community-based. Depending on the accessibility of a community-based exercise, a facility may fulfill this requirement by conducting a smaller community-based exercise or an individual facility-based exercise on an annual basis.
In addition to the above requirement, a NF is required to conduct a second exercise annually. The additional exercise may include a second full-scale exercise or a tabletop exercise that involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting.