CMS Helping O&P Patients With Hurricane-related Losses

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will temporarily waive certain requirements to enable people with Medicare who have lost or realized damage to their durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies as a result of Hurricane Ida to receive replacements of such items and services.

On August 30, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared Public Health Emergencies (PHEs) for Louisiana and Mississippi. CMS also announced that resources and waivers are being made available to ensure hospitals and other facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi can continue to operate and provide access to care to those impacted by the hurricane.

To review resources available to providers and suppliers related to Hurricane Ida, visit CMS' Emergency Preparedness Rule, emergency webpage, and hurricane preparedness and response resources for the health sector.