CMS to Grant Reporting Exceptions for Facilities Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a notification announcing its intent to grant quality reporting data submission and validation exceptions to Medicare providers adversely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The exceptions will be authorized for providers located in counties designated a “major disaster” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which includes the following counties in South Carolina:

 

Allendale County

Bamberg County

Barnwell County

Beaufort County

Berkeley County

Charleston County

Colleton County

Darlington County

Dillon County

Dorchester County

Florence County

Georgetown County

Hampton County

Horry County

Jasper County

Lee County

Marion County

Orangeburg County

Sumter County

Williamsburg County

 

CMS is granting exemptions for multiple quality reporting data submission requirements due to possible damage to facilities hindering the ability to gather or submit data, and the need to prioritize resources for direct patient care. Providers subject to CMS validation in these counties are also granted exemption from submitting some charts, as medical records may have been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Facilities located outside of the counties listed above will have the opportunity to submit Extraordinary Circumstances Extension/Exemption requests based on their individual circumstances.

 

For more information on the quality programs and timeframes expected to receive reporting exemptions by CMS, please contact Lorri Gibbons at lgibbons@scha.org or 803-315-4655.