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News by Topic: Emergency preparedness and response

CMS: Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs: Announcement of Decision To Lift the Temporary Moratorium on Enrollment of Non-Emergency Ground Ambulance Suppliers in Texas Federal Register
Nov 3, 2017 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing the lifting of a temporary enrollment moratorium on non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Texas. This notice also applies to non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Texas. Suspension of the temporary moratorium took effect September 1, 2017, as part of an overall effort to improve Hurricane Harvey disaster response efforts.
Source: Federal Register
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The Joint Commission Issues Updated Emergency Management Requirements for Hospital, Ambulatory, Home Health and Hospice Settings
Nov 3, 2017 - The Joint Commission announced updates to its emergency management requirements for hospital, Critical Access Hospital, ambulatory, home health, and hospice settings in an effort to help healthcare organizations more effectively plan for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. These updates will be effective November 15, 2017.
Source: The Joint Commission
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USDA Increases Food Purchasing Power for Hurricane-Hit Virgin Islanders Through D-SNAP
Oct 31, 2017 - Details the requirements for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for those affected by the hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Households that may not be eligible for food assistance under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disaster-related expenses. Eligible households will receive two months of benefits to meet their food needs.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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CMS Offers Medicare Enrollment Relief for Americans Affected by Recent Disasters
Oct 30, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving individuals who have been impacted by the wildfires in California and the recent hurricanes additional time to enroll in Medicare Part B and premium-Part A if they were unable to make a request during the initial and special enrollment periods.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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Care for Dialysis Patients a Key Focus of Hurricane Maria Response Efforts in Puerto Rico
Oct 17, 2017 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released additional details on the work they're doing to support dialysis patients and providers in Puerto Rico, including information on waivers and other emergency accommodations they have made.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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