HHS has activated additional components of the National Disaster Medical System, or NDMS, to help U.S. hospitals that are providing care to victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
According to an announcement from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the activation will allow U.S. hospitals to treat Haitian patients evacuated with life-threatening injuries from the earthquake to receive federal reimbursement for the costs they incur. In its news release, USAID encouraged accredited hospitals—usually with 100 or more beds and located in large U.S. metropolitan areas—to enter into a voluntary agreement with NDMS. Those hospitals that do commit to a number of acute beds and admit NDMS patients are guaranteed reimbursement of 110% of Medicare rates. USAID said the first NDMS flight could leave as early as today.