HHS program to reimburse certain patients evacuated from Irma

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The National Disaster Medical System has activated its Definitive Care Reimbursement Program for about 85 patients medically evacuated from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma, the Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. The program reimburses NDMS-designated... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

Medicare announces quality reporting exceptions for Hurricane Irma

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Certain hospitals and other facilities in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma will be granted exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs without submitting an extraordinary circumstances request, the Centers for Medicare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, disaster readiness

CMS eases provider enrollment screening for Irma; hospital funds launched

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has temporarily suspended certain Medicare enrollment screening requirements for health care providers that are assisting with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The agency also has established a toll-free... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, regulation, workforce

Agencies highlight disaster resources

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a report offering guidance and resources to help health care providers, response and recovery workers, and affected communities address potential public health and safety concerns before, during and after a hurricane or flood. Many of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness, Behavioral health

Additional resources to assist with aftermath of Irma

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While areas in the Southeast U.S. experience the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shared a number of resources, including how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning – one of the main causes of death after a hurricane. “Always use generators, pressure washers,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness

HHS announces additional hurricane waivers, resources

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price Friday declared public health emergencies in Georgia and South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, access, disaster readiness, regulation, Behavioral health, HIPAA

Senate passes debt ceiling, funding bill with hurricane relief

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The Senate today voted 80-17 to approve a bill funding the government and raising the debt ceiling though Dec. 8, and providing more than $15 billion in aid for hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The measure now moves to the House. The government’s current funding expires Oct. 1.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, appropriations

AHA voices support for Good Samaritan Health Professional Act

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The AHA today expressed support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a disaster. “This legislation is a positive step... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, nurses, preparedness

Report looks at programs to improve health care access to disaster sites

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A report released this week by Healthcare Ready looks at health care challenges presented by disruptions in private-sector access to disaster sites, and presents programs and resources for states and jurisdictions seeking to address them. The report was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

HHS activates medication program for uninsured residents in Louisiana disaster

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Saturday activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program for areas in the Louisiana flooding disaster, allowing residents without health insurance to obtain at no cost certain prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, disaster readiness

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