CMS Grants Disaster Exceptions to Facilities Affected by Northern California Wildfires

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting to facilities, including ambulatory surgical centers, located in areas affected by the devastating impacts of the Northern California wildfires since October 8, 2017, in and around counties in Northern California.

Facilities will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the California counties listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county.

The affected counties include:

  • Butte
  • Lake
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Orange
  • Sonoma
  • Yuba

Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)

CMS is granting an exception to ASCs located in the counties described above for the following reporting requirements under the Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program:

Data collection and submission requirements that apply for the remainder of Calendar Year (CY) 2017 and the 2017/2018 Influenza Season that relate to CY 2019 payment determinations are exempt. These exemptions apply to all data submitted via the QualityNet Secure Portal and the NHSN web-based measure collection tools that are due May 15, 2018, including claims-based measures calculated from submitted Quality Data Codes (QDCs). This exemption does not apply to claims-based measures that do not utilize QDCs for calculation purposes.

Further details and materials are available on the CMS 2017 California Wildfires webpage. If you have any questions you may contact Jillian Winans, ASCRS regulatory affairs specialist, at jwinans@ascrs.org