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Federal rule could change how hospitals prepare for emergencies: 7 things to know
Becker's Hospital Review

Hospitals and health systems may have to adhere to a new federal rule in preparing for emergencies, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, bioterrorist attacks and infectious epidemics such as Ebola and Zika, according to a report from The New York Times.

Here are seven things to know about the proposed rule.

1. The proposed rule would require a wide range of healthcare providers to make preparations for major emergencies if they want to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Currently, federal rules do not require critical medical institutions to make even minimal preparations for such disasters, according to the report.