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Extraordinary Circumstance Exception Due to Hurricane Michael

Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018 12:48 PM

CMS is granting quality reporting data submission and validation exceptions to Medicare providers in several care settings adversely affected by the impact of Hurricane Michael, including Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Hospices, Home Health Agencies, and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). CMS is issuing exceptions for several quality reporting data submission requirements because of possible damage to facilities and/or systems resulting in their inability to gather or submit data, as well as the need to prioritize immediate resources for direct patient care.

Specifically, for the noted reporting quarter(s), as indicated in this communication, affected providers will not be required to submit quality measure data to meet submission requirements.

CMS is exercising its authority to grant exceptions for data submission requirements for the above quality reporting programs for providers located in the FEMA-designated “major disaster” counties of Florida, and Georgia.  The Florida counties are: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jefferson, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington.  The Georgia counties are: Baker, Bleckley, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, dooly, Dougherty, Early, Emmanuel, Grady, Houston, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Miller, Mitchell, Pulaski, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Treutlen, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.

Source: CMS


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