SNF QRP/ SNF VBP exceptions related to CA/OR Wildfires and Hurricane Laura (11/20)

By CMS - November 17, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers, and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians, located in areas affected by the California and Oregon Wildfires, as well as by by Hurricane Laura due to the devastating impact of the storm. These healthcare providers and suppliers will be granted exceptions if they are located in one of the California or Oregon counties listed below, all of which have been designated as emergency disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described below; however, 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.