The Florida Hospital Association (FHA) provides a strong, effective voice for Florida’s hospital community, advocating to improve access to affordable, quality health care for all Floridians.
FHA serves as the Florida Department of Health’s organizational lead for hospital response in times of disasters and in preparing for any public health emergency. FHA’s emergency response team staffs the state emergency operations center to deliver real-time response to impacted hospitals. FHA coordinates the safe movement and placement of patients and serves as a communication hub for critical information to members while working with our federal and state partners to ensure Florida’s hospitals have the resources they need in time of crisis.
FHA Staff Contact Information
- National Hurricane Center
- Agency for Health Care Administration
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Healthcare Ready
CMS will be temporarily waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP requirements. CMS will also issue a number of blanket waivers, listed on the website below and the CMS Regional Office will grant other provider-specific requests for specific types of hospitals and other facilities in Florida. These waivers work to provide continued access to care for beneficiaries. For more information on the waivers CMS has granted, visit: www.cms.gov/emergency.
Florida Department of Health
Dr. Rivkees, Florida State Surgeon General, disseminated information for use by essential health care personnel when traveling outside of established curfew times. View letter online.
Agency for Health Care Administration Alerts
Pursuant to Section 408.821(4) Florida Statute, the Agency for Health Care Administration in partnership with the Florida Department of Health is requesting all health care providers to report their statuses for Hurricane Dorian regarding census, available beds, evacuation status, and generator status information by 10:00 AM EST daily and when your situation changes until further notice into the Emergency Status System (ESS).
It is imperative Florida Medicaid recipients maintain access to critical Medicaid services that are life sustaining (examples include: durable medical equipment and supplies, home health services, hospital services, nursing facility services, chemotherapy, dialysis services, etc.) (herein referred to as critical Medicaid services) during the disaster period. To this end, the Agency will ensure reimbursement for critical Medicaid services that are provided in good faith to eligible recipients who reside in the counties impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The Agency will waive all prior authorization requirements for critical Medicaid services beginning August 28, 2019 until further notice. Early prescription refill edits have been lifted for all maintenance medications (this does not apply to controlled substances). Additional information for providers is located on the Agency website, click the Hurricane banner at the top of the page for more information.
Contact Martha DeCastro, vice president for nursing and clinical care policy, at (850) 210-3813.
- Florida Department of Health, Division for Emergency Medical Operations, Bureau for Preparedness and Response
- Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Emergency Status System
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement
- Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) resources
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Preparedness and Response
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- American Red Cross