This Monday  Minute will touch on the impact that Hurricane Ida has had on home health and hospice and exceptions granted by CMS to this area.

Hello everyone, welcome to our Monday Minute. Today I want to share with you some information that has come to our attention as a result of Hurricane Ida. CMS released a memo last week. That is granting exception to many of the Home Health and Hospice Quality Reporting Program deadlines that agencies are typically required to meet. In light of the destruction that Hurricane Ida created and the fact that many Home Health and Hospices were displaced from their offices, patients were displaced, etc., there has been a grave impact on the area in primarily Louisiana and Mississippi. The memo, which we will provide a link to in our Minute today, will take you to the information to provide details on the exceptions that both Home Health and Hospices will be granted as a result of Hurricane Ida, if you were directly impacted. This will give you relief from things such as the deadlines for HIS transmission in hospice, OASIS transmission, HHCAHPS, the CAHPS Hospice surveys, etc. You will need to make sure someone reviews it and understands exactly what the exceptions are and does confirm that your location was indeed included in the exceptions. As a result of Hurricane Ida, the Home Care Association of Louisiana has put together a fundraising campaign to assist Home Health and Hospices in the immediate area. I will provide a link in the Minute today to that site in case you can help by providing a donation. In addition, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice was to have their annual October conference in New Orleans this year and as a result of the destruction from Hurricane Ida, that conference had to be cancelled. ¬†NAHC the National Association for Home Care and Hospice is going to hold their fall forum in place of the annual conference. This will be many webinars that will be done in the first couple of weeks of November. These webinars, a piece of the total documentation or total amount of sessions that were to take place at the October annual conference. I will provide the registration information in this Minute today. And hope that we will see you register for that Fall Forum so that you can continue to receive the excellent education that’s provided through the amazing speakers associated with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice. I will also be speaking live at the Home Care Association of Louisiana’s Annual Conference the first week of November, held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this year. I would love to see you there as well.

Thank you so much for participating with us today. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are dealing with the aftermath of this hurricane. And we also want to thank all of you for continuing to take care of patients on the front lines during this
Public Health Emergency. Thank you all and have a great week.

CMS Extensions & Exemptions

NAHC Fall Forum

HCLA Recovery Fund

HCLA Annual Conference