In emergencies such as Hurricane Sandy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) responds with flexibilities set in place by statute, ensuring that the most vulnerable populations receive the care they need.
On Nov. 1, CMS held a special Open Door Forum on Hurricane Sandy and the special flexibilities given to CMS in circumstances like natural disasters. CMS policy experts described how CMS can assist agencies in exercising these flexibilities and waivers. Policy experts explained a 1135 Waiver and provided guidance on program flexibilities during an emergency.
Here is a link to a resources page with up to date information on the waivers granted for home health and hospice in those states affected by Sandy.