Emergency response and management are of great significance for reducing the financial and psychological burdens associated with healthcare delivery. Rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, scarcity of resources, and population explosion have put a significant strain on the existing emergency response and management system. From natural disasters to the management of comorbid conditions, such as ...
Sep 3rd, 2019
In response to Hurricane Dorian, a public health emergency (PHE) is in effect for Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. A temporary waiver of certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements; special enrollment opportunities for hurricane victims; and improved access to dialysis care are now in place. The PHE in Puerto ...
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Jan 25th, 2019
School faculty often does whatever it takes to help out a student to ensure they thrive in their educational environment. And then, there is Casey Smitherman, the superintendent of Elwood Community Schools in Indiana, who took nurturing to an extreme when she committed fraud to treat a student with strep throat. Smitherman was booked on ...
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Nov 15th, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued several blanket waivers, Nov. 13, for those who are evacuated, transferred, or otherwise displaced as a result of  the California wildfires. These waivers are retroactive to Nov. 8, and allow healthcare providers to continue caring for Medicare patients affected by the emergency without having to apply ...
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Sep 17th, 2018
CMS has issued waivers to ensure Medicare beneficiaries affected by the storm receive healthcare services. President Trump declared a state of emergency on Sept. 11 for North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. That same day, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency for ...