Where Are We Now? Five Years of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

October 25, 2022

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In the five years since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule (aka CMS EP Final Rule) (CMS-3178-F), health centers have responded to an unprecedented number of emergencies, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (and its aftermath) to wildfires, hurricanes, cyberattacks, and active shooter incidents. These circumstances provided health centers with multiple opportunities to put their preparedness plans into practice. These circumstances may also have revealed that the plans need improvement.

The main goal of CMS’s EP Final Rule was to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid (including health centers), increase patient safety during emergencies, and establish a more coordinated response to natural and human-caused disasters. In 2019, CMS relaxed some of these requirements via an additional ruling (CMS-3346-F), however, the requirements of the rule remain extensive for all participating providers and suppliers, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).

During this webinar, we will go “back to basics” and review the CMS EP Final Rule, discuss all its current requirements for FQHCs and how they may connect with other federal requirements, as well as provide some practical tips to ensure ongoing compliance.

Target Audience

  • Emergency Managers, Compliance Officers/Risk Managers
  • C-Suite Members, including CEOs and COOs
  • Clinic Directors
  • Human Resources Directors/Managers
  • Facilities Personnel

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Explain key emergency preparedness requirements for FQHCs as per the CMS EP Final Rule
  • Identify mandatory and optional elements of the CMS EP Final Rule
  • Define several strategies for incorporating compliance with the CMS EP Final Rule and your health center’s Compliance and Risk Management Programs
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/25/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
10/25/2022 - 2:00pm EDT


A Partner in the firm’s health care practice group, Molly advises health centers on the management of clinical, employment and workforce-related risks, with a particular focus on professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, and HIPAA matters. From her experience as both a private attorney and in-house counsel, Molly knows the importance of managing liability and risk issues in mission-driven organizations. [Full Bio]


As Manager of Compliance and Risk Management Services with the firm's health care practice group, Alex assists in developing, implementing, and managing FTLF’s compliance and risk management training and technical assistance services. A former Senior Director of Emergency Management at the Community Health Care Association of New York State, he is also a licensed clinical social worker.

Participants can earn up to 1.20 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


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  1. Answer at least 3 of the 5 polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within two (2) weeks.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Emergency Managers; Compliance Officers/Risk Managers; C-Suite Members, including CEOs and COOs; Clinic Directors; Human Resources Directors/Managers; Facilities Personnel
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to three (3) out of five (5) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance


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