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HOSPITAL CLOSURES (SEPT. 13, 2017, 6:00 PM)
View the statewide list of reported hospital closures.
FHA LEADERSHIP TEAM CONTACT INFORMATION
View FHA staff cell phone numbers.
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
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.
Contact Martha DeCastro, vice president for nursing and clinical care policy, at (850) 210-3813.
SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
Transportation waivers available online.
STATEWIDE POWER OUTAGE REPORT
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.
COST RECOVERY GUIDE
Produced by Yale New Haven Hospital following Hurricane Sandy, this document provides an overview of FEMA's cost recovery process and outlines the tasks and corresponding timelines that must be met by acute care hospitals. View the guide online.
FACILITY RECOVERY CHECKLIST
The Greater New York Hospital Association developed a recovery checklist for facilities to review after a disaster. Based on checklists from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the document is intended to assist with maintaining a safe environment of care. View the checklist in its entirety.
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.
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.
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING PREVENTION
As Floridians statewide begin the task of recovering from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with portable generators, gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills. View the FDOH notice in its entirety.
FHA LAUNCHES HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE FUND
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.
FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFORMATION LINE, 1-800-342-3557
The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. FEIL line is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week. Text FLRESPONDS to 888777 to receive updates via text Shelter Information.
View the lists of open shelters and special needs shelters 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.
FAMILY REUNIFICATION INFORMATION
HOSPITAL RE-ENTRY & RE-CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Hospitals and remote emergency departments that have closed or evacuated may proceed with reopening and re-occupancy if the facility is undamaged and all critical systems (e.g. electrical, medical gas, ventilation) are functional and staffing is sufficient. Send an e-mail notification to email@example.com or through FHA at (850) 524-2037, to update evacuation status. If power is not fully restored, even if generators are operational, contact local emergency operation officials as necessary prior to re-entry. If the hospital is damaged, contact the AHCA Office of Plans and Construction to discuss damage and impact prior to re-opening and re-occupancy.
AHCA contacts include:
Richard Ramsey (850) 320-5942
Scott Waltz (850) 363-0867 Alt. (850) 363-2593
Dave Wassman (407) 463-4870 Alt. (407) 494-7518
Richard Ramsey (850) 320-5942
Mario Tur (850) 254-5826 Alt. (305) 877-6001
Richard Ramsey (850) 320-5942
CALL FOR VOLUNTEER NURSES
The State Emergency Operations Center is seeking health care professionals willing to serve in disaster response roles for Hurricane Irma. We have an immediate need for medical personnel including nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and pharmacists to work in medical needs shelters. Please send an email to the Florida Department of Health at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 245-4829 and indicate the following:
- Your name
- Your telephone number
- Yes, I am available and willing to help.
- No, I am already responding to Hurricane Irma in a health care role.
- No, I am not available.
Every effort will be made to place caregivers in shelters close to their homes. Please note, Governor Scott's September 4th Executive Order declares a state of emergency and grants authority for health service and treatment in Florida by any person who holds a valid and unrestricted and unencumbered license in another state, territory and/or district. Thank you for your dedication and assistance to Floridians during this critical time.
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.