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Information for Healthcare Providers and Facilities

Healthcare providers and facilities have a duty to plan for and respond to emergencies that can affect the services they offer and the patients they serve.

Healthcare providers & emergency planners should remember:

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has established its CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters. Anyone participating in Medicare and Medicaid must have complied and implemented all regulations after November 15, 2017.
  • To assist healthcare emergency planners, the New York State Health Facilities Association has a list of resources that help ensure your facility is in compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • In addition, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has created Healthcare System Preparedness Guidance to ensure that all healthcare systems establish priorities, develop plans, and can sustain service capabilities to protect patients and staff during an emergency.


To learn more about emergency planning for healthcare professionals and facilities, please visit the New York State Department of Health for a variety of tools and templates that can help you plan.

If you have specific questions or need further assistance, please contact our Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at 845-486-3534 or