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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Information

DuPage County is working closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Federal Government partners to gather additional information and Emergency Preparedness tools to share with local stakeholders regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Rule. DuPage County does not promote, endorse, or support a particular training or toolkit. DuPage County cannot assist a local stakeholder in applying the Emergency Preparedness Rule. As more information becomes available, it will be shared. For additional information please see the links below.

Helpful Links

Illinois Region 8 Health Care Coalition (HCC) Meetings

The Illinois Region 8 Health Care Coalition (HCC) meetings are an excellent format to get exposure to the thought process and procedures circulating in the health care field.  This meeting also provides an outlet to ask questions regarding the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. The meetings will continue to be facilitated at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1909 Spring Road in Oak Brook, if it is safe to do so. If social distancing is still necessary, the Region 8 HCC will conduct the meetings via WEBEX. This decision will be made 2-4 weeks ahead of the scheduled meeting date and invites will be sent. All meetings will start at 0830 hours and are scheduled to end at 1200 hours. See the below meeting dates. For more information, contact Region 8 Health Care Coalition Chairperson Paul Banks via             

  • August 6, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) - Virtual Meeting
  • October 1, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • December 3, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • February 4, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • April 1, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • June 3, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • August 5, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • October 7, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)
  • December 2, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)

For other Regional Health Care Coalitions, view the Public Health and Medical Services Response Regions map to determine your region and view the Contacts list for each region. 

Training Programs

New! CMS Emergency Preparedness Training Online Course

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new Emergency Preparedness Training Online Course which is available on demand and learners may access it at their convenience: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. This course is required for all State Survey Agency (SA) and Regional Office (RO) surveyors and reviewers who conduct or review health and safety or LSC surveys for the new emergency preparedness rule (EP) requirements, which ASPR staff was integral in shaping.  Non-survey professionals and other staff with a keen interest in or are responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations are also encouraged to take the course.  

ACCESSING THE COURSE IS SIMPLE: When you navigate to the Integrated Surveyor Training Website (, click on "I am a Provider." Next, click on the course catalog and search for the Emergency Preparedness course. You do not need a username and password when accessing the course through the provider link. If you need technical assistance, please contact the CMS ISTW Help Desk at 1-855-791-8900 or

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study Program (IS)

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Training & Exercises

Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Complete Course Listing


Information from ASPR within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)