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News by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

HUD Grants $243 Million to Help U.S. Virgin Islands Recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Feb 2, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $242.7 million through the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery Program to help the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from recent hurricanes. This funding will support long-term economic, infrastructure, and housing recovery.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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CMS Announces Additional Special Enrollment Periods to Help Individuals Impacted by Hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Jan 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new special enrollment periods for Medicare health and drug plans and health insurance coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange for individuals affected by the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These enrollment periods will be open through March 31, 2018.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services
Dec 27, 2017 - Around the world, drones have been used to successfully deliver healthcare services in rural, remote, and other inaccessible areas. In the U.S., however, drone usage has been limited due to safety and other regulatory concerns. Drone advocates are now hoping lawmakers will quickly craft appropriate, drone-related legislation that addresses these concerns, but also allows for the expanded use of drones in healthcare delivery applications.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
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CMS: Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policies for Performance Year 2017 Federal Register
Dec 26, 2017 - Interim final rule with comment period establishing policies for assessing the financial and quality performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) affected by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances, such as hurricanes and wildfires, during performance year 2017. Provisions of the rule take effect January 20, 2018, and comments regarding the rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on February 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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