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CMS Waives Certain Requirements in Hard Hit Hurricane Areas

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 4:07 PM

CMS announced this week efforts that were underway to support North and South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence. 

CMS has waived certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements; created special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare immediately; and taken steps to ensure dialysis patients obtain critical life-saving services.

“At the direction of President Trump, CMS is doing everything within its power to provide assistance and relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina,” said Seema Verma, CMS Administrator. “We are coordinating with federal and local officials to make sure that our beneficiaries, many of whom are some of America’s most vulnerable citizens, have access to the healthcare they need”

Below are waivers specific to home health and hospice:

Waivers for Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities: CMS has temporarily waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP requirements. CMS issued several blanket waivers, listed on the website below, and the CMS Regional Offices have granted other provider-specific requests for specific types of hospitals and other facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. These waivers work to provide continued access to care for beneficiaries. For more information on the waivers CMS granted, visit: www.cms.gov/emergency.

Suspension of Enforcement Activities: CMS will suspend current survey and enforcement activities for healthcare facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina, but will continue to investigate allegations of immediate threat to patient health and safety.

Click here for the full list of waivers.

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