Dr. Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a Blog post providing an overview of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule.  From her blog, she describes the reasoning behind the new rule:

“While the physical destruction of a disaster may not always be preventable, the effect on patient care, as well as on the business of healthcare itself can be prevented if we are truly prepared. Today, CMS is putting in place meaningful improvements to the disaster preparedness of our nation’s healthcare system. This action will improve the resiliency of all of our communities and better protect the health of those in the path of disasters, whether small or large”

The Full Blog can be found here.