Exceptions for CMS reporting requirements in hurricane-impacted areas

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to healthcare facilities located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an Extraordinary Circumstances Exceptions (ECE) request if they are located in one of the Florida counties, Puerto Rico municipios, or U.S. Virgin Islands county-equivalents which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster area. 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. The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described in a CMS memo to Medicare providers.