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Emergency Preparedness Basic Training

This EP Basic Training is intended to establish your knowledge of Federal EP regulations and your ability to identify circumstances of noncompliance with the individual Federal regulations for each affected provider and supplier type. This training focuses on the use of the electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) and the survey process in the State Operations Manual, Appendix Z, Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types Interpretive Guidance. Compliance with EP regulations is a factor for facilities’ eligibility for funding from CMS. This training intends to develop your proficiency with conducting EP surveys and to build your understanding of the way the EP regulations overlap across multiple provider types.

Training Objectives: On completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Identify background events and initiatives that led to development of the emergency preparedness rule and the four core elements central to its requirements.
  • Identify emergency preparedness requirements and the survey procedures for assessing compliance with those requirements for all provider and supplier types.

Training Duration: 17 hours

Completion Requirements: This self-paced EP Basic Training includes a mandatory pretest, two learning modules, a mandatory posttest, and a CMS-approved training evaluation. Both the posttest and the evaluation must be completed to generate a certificate of completion to earn training CEUs. To pass the EP Basic Training training, you must score a minimum of 80% on the training posttest.

Email for Questions: The training is available on-demand online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For all technical issues and those requiring an urgent response, such as accessing the training, email; for all content-related questions, email For all other comments, questions can be submitted during the training using the comment tool.

Associated Documents

Assessment Menu

Emergency Preparedness All-Surveyor Training (August 2018)

The audio recording from an archived All-Surveyor Training for Emergency Preparedness conducted in August 2018. We note, some of the content may no longer be applicable or outdated based on regulatory updates to the emergency preparedness requirements in 2019.

All-Surveyor Webinar EP Slides 8-14-18

The archived All-Surveyor Training for Emergency Preparedness slides from the presentation conducted in August 2018. We note, some of the content may be outdated and no longer reflects the current regulatory requirements (updated in September 2019) and latest version of Appendix Z guidance (updated in March 2021).

Emergency Preparedness Basic Course Introduction

Emergency Preparedness Basic Course Introduction

Module 1: Emergency Preparedness for Every Emergency
Module 2: Surveying for Emergency Preparedness

     ﹂ Module 2 Introduction

     ﹂ Lesson 1 Introduction

          ﹂ Lesson 1 Topic 1: Emergency Preparedness Program

          ﹂ Lesson 1 Topic 2: Emergency Plan Standard

          ﹂ Lesson 1 Topic 3: Patient Populations and Collaboration

     ﹂ Lesson 2 Introduction: Policies and Procedures

          ﹂ Lesson 2 Topic 1: General Requirements and Subsistence Needs

          ﹂ Lesson 2 Topic 2: Safeguarding Patients and Staff

          ﹂ Lesson 2 Topic 3: Evacuations and Sheltering in Place

          ﹂ Lesson 2 Topic 4: Documentation, Use of Volunteers, and Arrangements with Other Facilities

          ﹂ Lesson 2 Topic 5: Waivers and Special Requirements (New Title Waivers)

     ﹂ Lesson 3 Introduction: Communication Plan

          ﹂ Lesson 3 Topic 1: Collecting Contact Information

          ﹂ Lesson 3 Topic 2: Sharing and Releasing Information

     ﹂ Lesson 4 Introduction: Training and Testing

          ﹂ Lesson 4 Topic 1: Training

          ﹂ Lesson 4 Topic 2: Testing

     ﹂ Lesson 5 Introduction: Emergency and Standby Power Systems

          ﹂ Lesson 5 Topic 1: Emergency Poser Systems

          ﹂ Lesson 5 Topic 2: Generator Inspection, Testing and Fuel

     ﹂ Lesson 6: Integrated Health Care Systems

     ﹂ Lesson 7: Transplant Programs and Organ Procurement Organizations

     ﹂ Module 2 Summary

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