The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 7 issued an interim final rule with comment period that provides for continued Medicare financing of medical residents in training programs affected by natural disasters or public health emergencies. Effective immediately, the rule will apply retroactively to arrangements between home hospitals in the areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that temporarily closed parts of their residency programs and the host hospitals that accepted the displaced residents as well as to future disasters.
“The rule will enable residents from the affected hospitals to get Medicare support as they train at temporary host hospitals, and to regain their full residency funding when they return to their training programs,” said CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, M.D. The rule will be published in the April 12 Federal Register, with comments accepted until June 12. A final rule will be published later this year. For more information, see the news release.
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