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  • Medicare Fee For Service Emergency & Disaster Related Policies and Procedures that may be implemented only with an 1135 Waiver (updated Oct 2011)
  • Note: An 1135 waiver only applies to federal requirements and not to state requirements. Also, the 1135 waiver authority can only be invoked when: (A) two separate federal declarations of an emergency/disaster are made (see below) and (B) the HHS Secretary officially invokes the waiver authority.
    • Presidential Declaration
      • National Emergencies Act; or
      • Stafford Act
  • HHS Secretarial Declaration of a Public Health Emergency Under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act.
CMS Emergency Preparedness Page down arrow

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification Group (SCG) has developed this site to provide useful information to CMS Central and Regional Offices, State Survey Agencies (SAs), their State, Tribal, Regional, and local emergency management partners, and health care providers, for developing effective and robust emergency plans and responses.

Frequently Asked Questions When a Public Health Emergency is Declared down arrow
Office of Civil Rights (OCR) HIPAA Waivers and Disclosures During an Emergency down arrow

How to handle Civil Rights, and Health Information during an emergency

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Emergency Management Resources:

Heroes of Long Term Care Hurricane Relief Fund