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CMS announces disaster exceptions/exemptions for providers affected by California wildfires

CMS is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and hospices. These healthcare providers and suppliers will be granted exceptions without having to submit a request if they are located in Santa Barbara county or Ventura county.

The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described in a memo published on February 8. 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.

Additional details and materials are available on the CMS Wildfires webpage. CMS recommends checking back frequently for updates.

For further information about extensions and exemptions for PAC QRPs, view the program-specific webpages:

SNF Quality Reporting Reconsideration and Exception & Extension

Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

Hospice Quality Reporting Extensions and Exemption Requests