CMS updates information for providers affected by recent hurricanes.
CMS has posted to its website information for providers affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The agency states that it will "exercise allowable flexibilities and issue waivers as needed to accommodate the needs of those impacted by an emergency or disaster." In addition, CMS can issue blanket waivers to prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries impacted by an emergency. The agency notes that providers do not need to apply for an individual waiver if a blanket waiver has been issued, or if no blanket waiver has been issued, providers can request an individual waiver.