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Second Appeal Brief
PA ID# 000-UO50N-00; Oschner Clinic Foundation
PW ID# Project Worksheet 12157; Overtime
Citation: FEMA-1603-DR-LA, Oxhner Clinic Foundation, Overtime, PW 12157
Following Hurricane Katrina, Ochsner Clinic Foundation incurred overtime labor expenses to provide emergency and routine medical care to patients at its facility. FEMA denied the Applicants request for the costs of overtime pay because it determined that the work constituted increased operating costs, and was ineligible for Public Assistance (PA) funding. In its first appeal letter dated February 14, 2007, the Applicant argued that this increase in operating costs was not due to an increased patient load, but by a decrease in available staff during the facilitys lockdown mode which required those present to log more overtime hours. In its second appeal, the Applicant contends that FEMA changed its position and broadly interpreted the FEMA policy to deny reimbursement for increased operating costs in its appeal response.
Are the overtime costs incurred during a medical facilitys lockdown mode eligible for reimbursement?
No. Increased operating costs for medical facilities are not eligible for reimbursement.
FEMA Response and Recovery Policy 9525.4, Medical Care and Evacuations
, dated August 17, 1999; Disaster Specific Guidance #2, Eligible Costs for Emergency Sheltering Declarations Hurricane Katrina