The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced that it plans to grant quality reporting data submission and validation exceptions to post-acute care providers affected by Hurricane Michael. CMS said it will issue exceptions for several quality reporting data submission requirements “because of possible damage to facilities and/or systems resulting in their inability to gather or submit data, as well as the need to prioritize immediate resources for direct patient care.” The exceptions will apply to PAC providers located within the Federal Emergency Management Agency-designated “major disaster” counties of Florida and Georgia. The agency recommends visiting the FEMA website for the most up to date list of counties affected by Hurricane Michael, as well the extraordinary circumstances extension and exemption websites for each PAC setting’s quality reporting program.

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