Federal Agency Resources
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
As you are aware, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and other federal and state agencies have deployed equipment, supplies and personnel to the affected areas and remain ready to support their health care infrastructure and medical needs.
Please view the department’s Hurricane Harvey 2017 and Hurricane Irma 2017 websites for important information, including resources for health and emergency management professionals. News and updates from HHS can be found on the department’s HHS News website.
HHS has activated its Disaster Distress Helpline, a toll-free call center that is available at 1-800-985-5990 to aid people in coping with the behavioral health effects of the storm and help people in impacted areas to connect with local behavioral health professionals.
Providers and patients in Texas: @HHS_Health is providing updates on Hurricane #Harvey: https://apps.hhs.texas.gov/hurricane/bulletin.cfm?id=23
Public Health Emergency
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS Data Submission
CMS is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, Renal Dialysis Facilities, long-term care hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Texas counties or Louisiana parishes listed here, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county. Health care facilities affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma can find quality data submission extension information here: http://www.cms.gov/emergency.
For facility-type specific information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Florida counties, Puerto Rico municipios, or U.S. Virgin Islands county- equivalents, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county, municipio, or county-equivalent.
Applicability of Reporting Requirements for Hospitals, PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals, Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, and Renal Dialysis Facilities Affected by Hurricane Irma (PDF).
CMS Provider Survey & Certification FAQs – Public Health Emergencies – All Hazards (PDF)
Special Enrollment Period (PDF). CMS will provide all beneficiaries affected by a weather related emergency or major disaster a special enrollment period (SEP) that gives them an additional opportunity to change their Medicare health and prescription drug plans in the event they were unable to make an election during another qualifying election period.
Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (DHS/OCIA)
OCIA - ISO Extended Water Outages Report (PDF)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Diabetes and Emergency Preparedness
State and Territory Agency Resources
Government of Puerto Rico, Department of Health
RECUPERACIÓN: Medidas para prevenir enfermedades tras el paso del huracán María
Government of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
United for Puerto Rico – An initiative by the First Lady of Puerto Rico
Office of the Governor of Texas
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Department of Transportation Hurricane Information
Texas Board of Nursing to Implement Disaster Licensing Procedure
Texas Medical Board forms for expedited and temporary permits for out-of-state physicians
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Filing deadline extended due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey
Yes. For services that require a 95-day claim filing deadline, managed care organizations and the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership are required to extend the deadline to 120 days from the date of service. This requirement extends to services delivered by providers located in a Federal Emergency Management Agency declared disaster county between Aug. 25, 2017, and the date on which the disaster declaration is rescinded.
Texas Workforce Commission Hurricane Harvey Resources
State Board of Pharmacy
Hurricane Harvey Emergency Dispensing of Prescription Medications
Office of the Governor of Louisiana
Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Preparedness
Louisiana Social Security Act Waiver (PDF)
Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Emergency Operations
Louisiana State Board of nursing provides resources for Hurricane Season in 2017
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners forms
Federal and State Non-governmental Organization Resources
American Diabetes Association
ADA Hurricane Relief
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Diabetes Emergency Preparedness
Texas Medical Association
Texas Healthcare Association Hurricane Resource Center
Texas Hospital Association
THA Hurricane Harvey
Louisiana Hospital Association
Emergency Preparedness: All Hazards Planning
Hurricane Season Resources for 2017
Louisiana State Medical Society
Emergency & Disaster Preparedness
Rx Open (list of open pharmacies in impacted areas for consumers and providers)
National Community Pharmacists Association provides interactive map that displays the status of pharmacies in Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey (PDF)