- President Trump has signed disaster declarations for Texas and Louisiana.
- Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price signed a public health emergency declaration for Texas and Louisiana, authorizing the use of Section 1135 waivers of certain Medicare and Medicaid regulations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is coordinating the requests and approvals to use these waivers. CMS’s web page includes details on how to apply for an 1135waiver.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Harvey disaster response operations. Hospitals must submit to the applicable licensing entity each out-of-state provider’s name, provider type, state of license and license identification number.
Details on Section 1135 waivers and “flexibility” may be downloaded at https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/downloads/MedicareFFS-EmergencyQsAs1135Waiver.pdf and https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/