Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month and Important Hurricane Dorian Information

Dana Halvorson and Erin Prendergast

September 2019 marks, among other observances, National Preparedness Month.  National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year.  This month the focus will be on planning, with an overarching theme: “Prepared, Not Scared.”  Take this time to review your facility and community-based risk assessment/hazard vulnerability.  AHCA/NCAL has an emergency preparedness website with helpful information and resources you might be interested in.  Members should also visit the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) website for additional resources for long term care centers. 

If your facility or member facilities are being affected by Hurricane Dorian, please contact Erin Prendergast (SNF Providers) or Dana Halvorson (ICF/IID Providers) with any requests for support, resources, or questions.

Beneficiaries and providers of healthcare services that have been impacted can seek help by visiting CMS’s emergency webpage. CMS will be temporarily waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP requirements. CMS will also issue a number of blanket waivers, listed on the website below, and the CMS Regional Office will grant other provider-specific requests for specific types of providers in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. These waivers work to provide continued access to care for beneficiaries. For more information on the waivers CMS has granted, visit: www.cms.gov/emergency.

To find additional hurricane preparedness and response resources for the health sector and the latest regarding the Department of Health and Human Services activities for Hurricane Dorian, please visit: www.phe.gov/dorian.

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