CMS Granting Quality Reporting Exemptions to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

​On August 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an email that states it 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, outpatient dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm.
 
"These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Texas counties or Louisiana parishes, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county.
 
"The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described in the memo posted on Aug. 31, 2017, however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.
 
"If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey to include additional counties or parishes, CMS will update this memo to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties and parishes.
 
"In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.
 
"Additional details and materials are available on the CMS Hurricane webpage. Please check back frequently for updates."