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Federal Agency Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
As you are aware, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and other federal and state agencies have deployed equipment, supplies and personnel to the affected areas and remain ready to support their health care infrastructure and medical needs.

Please view the department’s Hurricane Harvey 2017 and Hurricane Irma 2017 websites for important information, including resources for health and emergency management professionals. News and updates from HHS can be found on the department’s HHS News website.

HHS has activated its Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free call center that is available at 1-800-985-5990 to aid people in coping with the behavioral health effects of the storm and help people in impacted areas to connect with local behavioral health professionals.

Providers and patients in Texas: @HHS_Health is providing updates on Hurricane #Harvey: https://apps.hhs.texas.gov/hurricane/bulletin.cfm?id=23

Public Health Emergency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS Data Submission
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 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 listed here, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county. Health care facilities affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma can find quality data submission extension information here: http://www.cms.gov/emergency.

For facility-type specific information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:

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 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 Florida counties, Puerto Rico municipios, or U.S. Virgin Islands county- equivalents, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county, municipio, or county-equivalent.
Applicability of Reporting Requirements for Hospitals, PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals, Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Renal Dialysis Facilities Affected by Hurricane Irma (PDF).

CMS Provider Survey & Certification FAQs – Public Health Emergencies – All Hazards (PDF)

Special Enrollment Period (PDF). CMS will provide all beneficiaries affected by a weather related emergency or major disaster a special enrollment period (SEP) that gives them an additional opportunity to change their Medicare health and prescription drug plans in the event they were unable to make an election during another qualifying election period.

Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (DHS/OCIA)
OCIA - ISO Extended Water Outages Report (PDF)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Diabetes and Emergency Preparedness

State and Territory Agency Resources

Puerto Rico

Government of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration

United for Puerto Rico – An initiative by the First Lady of Puerto Rico

Texas

Office of the Governor of Texas

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas Department of Transportation Hurricane Information

Texas Board of Nursing to Implement Disaster Licensing Procedure

Texas Medical Board forms for expedited and temporary permits for out-of-state physicians

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

Filing deadline extended due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey
Yes. For services that require a 95-day claim filing deadline, managed care organizations and the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership are required to extend the deadline to 120 days from the date of service. This requirement extends to services delivered by providers located in a Federal Emergency Management Agency declared disaster county between Aug. 25, 2017, and the date on which the disaster declaration is rescinded.

Texas Workforce Commission Hurricane Harvey Resources

State Board of Pharmacy
Hurricane Harvey Emergency Dispensing of Prescription Medications

Louisiana

Office of the Governor of Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Preparedness

Louisiana Social Security Act Waiver (PDF)

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Emergency Operations

Louisiana State Board of nursing provides resources for Hurricane Season in 2017

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners forms

Federal and State Non-governmental Organization Resources

American Diabetes Association
ADA Hurricane Relief

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

American Association of Diabetes Educators
Diabetes Emergency Preparedness

Texas Medical Association

Texas Healthcare Association Hurricane Resource Center

Texas Hospital Association
THA Hurricane Harvey

Louisiana Hospital Association
Emergency Preparedness: All Hazards Planning

Hurricane Season Resources for 2017

Louisiana State Medical Society

Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

Healthcare Ready
Rx Open (list of open pharmacies in impacted areas for consumers and providers)

National Community Pharmacists Association provides interactive map that displays the status of pharmacies in Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey (PDF)

Recent Articles

Assessing the population dynamics of Escherichia coli in a metropolitan river after an extreme flood event – Journal of Water and Health

The Infectious and Noninfectious Dermatological Consequences of Flooding: A Field Manual for the Responding Provider – American Journal of Clinical Dermatology

Invasive Fungal Infections after Natural Disasters – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US Navy to send hospital ship to Puerto Rico – Becker’s Hospital Review
USNS Comfort will deploy in the next five to nine days as additional crew members and medical staff are summoned to man the ship. The crew is expected to grow from 18 to 60 members and medical staff could increase from 65 members to 1,200.

58 of Puerto Rico's 69 hospitals lack power and fuel: 4 things to know – Becker’s Hospital Review
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico's medical infrastructure, and the effects of the storm are expected to persist for months.

Hurricane Maria and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims MLN Matters Article
The President declared a state of emergency for the United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Maria and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Claims (PDF) is available. Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued for the impacted geographical areas. These waivers will prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

Check the Hurricanes webpage for current information on temporary emergency policies and waivers.

Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted, Testing Shows – New York Times

Hurricane Irma and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and State of Florida Claims – MLN Matters
The President declared a state of emergency for the United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and State of Florida and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Irma and Medicare Disaster Related United States Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and State of Florida Claims (PDF) is available. Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued for the impacted counties and geographical areas. These waivers will prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

Check the Hurricanes webpage for current information on temporary emergency policies and waivers. Additional waiver requests are being reviewed, and the webpage will be updated as decisions are made.

Medicare Alters Rules To Help Harvey Victims Get Access To Medical Supplies – Dallas Morning News

Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims MLN Matters Article — Updated
The MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims (PDF) has been updated. The article was revised to include additional waiver information about housing acute care patients in excluded distinct part units and lifting the temporary enrollment moratoria on Part B non-emergency ambulance suppliers in Texas. Information regarding the Facilities Quality Reporting was also added. All other information remains the same.

Tropical Storm Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims MLN Matters Article — Updated
The MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Tropical Storm Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims (PDF) has been updated. The article was revised to include additional waiver information about housing acute care patients in excluded distinct part units. Information regarding the Facilities Quality Reporting was also added. All other information remains the same.