Tag: California wildfires

Q&A: HIPAA during natural disasters

Q: When dealing with a natural disaster such as the California wildfires, does the HIPAA Privacy Rule allow information to be shared more easily? What are some examples of changes to the Privacy Rule during these circumstances? A: When residents are incapacitated or receiving emergency treatment, their information may be included in a facility directory […]

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 […]

CMS issues blanket waiver for SNFs affected by devastating CA wildfires

After Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared a public health emergency (PHE) in the state of California on December 11 following devastating wildfires, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they have taken immediate steps and are monitoring conditions in support of California residents displaced and recovering from […]