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AHA, state groups seek additional relief for hurricane-affected hospitals

May 20, 2013

In a joint letter today, the AHA and hospital associations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to give hospitals affected by Hurricane Sandy additional relief from federal quality reporting and payment requirements. They also urged CMS to “develop fair and consistent waiver mechanisms” for use in future natural disasters and extraordinary circumstances, based on recommendations in the letter. CMS earlier provided a reporting waiver to Sandy-affected hospitals in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. The letter describes the need for additional waiver relief in programs such as the Value-Based Purchasing Program, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, Hospital Acquired Condition Payment Reduction Program, and Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.