Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals and other health care facilities in certain counties affected by the wildfires in Northern California. Providers outside of those counties may... read more

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Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness, preparedness

Joint Commission updates emergency management standards

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The Joint Commission last week announced updates to its emergency management standards effective Nov.15. Issued in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 2016 final rule establishing new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-participating health care facilities,... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for CA wildfires

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers and suppliers assisting with wildfire recovery efforts in California. According to the agency, non-certified Medicare Part B physicians and other practitioners and... read more

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Tags: physicians, Medicare, disaster readiness, nurses

Senate passes disaster relief bill; CDC issues hurricane-related alert

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The Senate yesterday voted 82-17 to approve a second emergency funding measure to support recovery from the nation’s recent hurricanes and wildfires. The $36.5 billion emergency supplemental contains $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $16 billion for National... read more

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Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness, prevention

House hearing examines HHS's response to recent hurricanes

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services’ preparedness for and response to the 2017 hurricane season. Three major hurricanes struck U.S. states or territories in the past two months, with the largest... read more

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Tag: disaster readiness

FDA working to prevent medical device shortages from Puerto Rico

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The Food and Drug Administration continues to work with medical device manufacturers in Puerto Rico to prevent product shortages following Hurricane Maria, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said Friday. More than 50 facilities on the island manufacture medical devices. “Most, if not all, of these... read more

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Tag: disaster readiness

California associations establish fire relief fund for hospital workers

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The California Hospital Association and its regional partners have established a Hospital Workers’ Fire Relief Fund to help the more than 100 hospital employees affected by the recent wildfires in the state. The state and regional associations in California will donate $40,000 to the fund and encourage... read more

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Tags: disaster readiness, workforce

FDA approves drug imports, CMS certain blanket waivers after hurricanes

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Baxter Healthcare Corp., in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration, has agreed to temporarily import certain intravenous drug products, such as sodium chloride, from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Ireland and Australia to address shortages of critical drug products after Hurricane... read more

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Tags: Drug Shortages, Medicare, disaster readiness

California wildfires force two hospitals to evacuate

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At least two hospitals evacuated patients yesterday due to the wildfires in northern California. Kaiser Permanente transported about 130 patients from Santa Rosa Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente San Rafael and other area hospitals. The Santa Rosa hospital was not damaged but was closed, with scheduled... read more

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HHS grants four Gulf states waivers due to Hurricane Nate

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Don Wright, M.D., yesterday declared public health emergencies in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi due to Hurricane Nate and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health... read more

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Tag: disaster readiness

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