FHA LAUNCHES HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE FUND FOR IRMA
In honor of those who so selflessly support others, today FHA launched its Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to directly assist hospital employees who suffered significant property loss or damage during Hurricane Irma. All administrative services are being provided in-kind so that 100 percent of donations are used to assist those in the FEMA-designated disaster areas. Join us by making your contribution at www.FHA.org/donate.
FEMA COST RECOVERY FOR HOSPITALS
WAIVERS APPROVED BY THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
View the full list online: https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/Hurricanes.html
CMS QUALITY REPORTING NOTIFICATION
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma. View details in CMS's Quality Reporting Notification, published Sept. 14.
AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION (AHCA) GUIDANCE
View the AHCA Guidance on the provision of services online.
EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR PHARMACEUTICAL DISPENSING
Download the executive order.
DISCHARGING PATIENTS AFTER HURRICANE IRMA
Today, FHA issued a memo on discharging patients to health care facilities (i.e., nursing homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing operators, etc.). Since many are still impacted by loss of power and dependent on generators, it may be necessary for hospitals to keep all non-acute care patients at their facilities until these power and other life safety issues have been resolved. View the memo in its entirety.
HEALTH PLAN BULLETINS RELATED TO HURRICANE IRMA
KEPRO ASSISTANCE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES AND PROVIDERS IMPACTED BY THE HURRICANES
KEPRO would like to remind Medicare providers and beneficiaries that we are here to help those impacted. We'll continue working with the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and many other agencies in the affected states, including local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), and local provider associations to assist during this difficult time. If you're a provider or stakeholder in one of the affected states, please ensure that Medicare beneficiaries and families know that KEPRO has social workers and representatives on staff to help resolve concerns quickly via our toll-free numbers. KEPRO also has hurricane-related resources available at www.keproqio.com. To access state-specific resources and information, please click on your state from the map on the homepage.
IRS EXTENDS TAX DEADLINES FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS
The IRS is granting an extension until Jan. 31, 2018 to file most tax returns that have either an original or extended due date occurring on or after Sept. 4, 2017, and before Jan. 31, 2018. Those taxpayers eligible for relief include individuals who live, and businesses whose principal place of business is located, in FEMA-designated disaster areas. View additional information online.
Residents who sustained losses in declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who suffered damages from the storm may register now, and if their county is later included in the declaration, the application will be processed automatically.
FHA LEADERSHIP TEAM CONTACT INFORMATION
View FHA staff cell phone numbers.
Contact Martha DeCastro, vice president for nursing and clinical care policy, at (850) 210-3813.