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Provider Relief Fund Program Update


HHS has released an FAQ about the Provider Relief Fund program. 
The HBMA GR Committee highly recommends reading this document and either sharing with your clients or summarizing on their behalf.
HHS is authorized to distribute $175 Billion from the CARES Provider Relief Fund to Providers and Suppliers enrolled in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.  These include hospitals, physicians, PAs, NPs, RHCs, FQHCs, other clinicians, facilities, etc. 

Thus far, HHS has authorized the release of $50 Billion as a “General” Distribution: 
$26 Billion on 4/10;
$4 Billion on 4/17; and,
$20 Billion on 4/24.
Our understanding is $40 Billion of the $50 Billion authorized for distribution has been distributed as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday April 24th.  $10 Billion remains for distribution based on information Provider Relief Fund recipients are being asked to submit on the Provider Relief Fund Application. 
Future Provider Relief Fund distributions will likely be what the Department refers to as “Targeted” Distributions.
HHS has established two portals:
Attestation Portal for funds already received (4/10, 4/17 and 4/24):

This portal is for all providers who received Provider Relief Funds as of 5:00 p.m. April 24th.  You will be asked to accept the terms and conditions for receipt of these funds.  If the provider fails to complete the attestation, it will be assumed that the provider has agreed to the terms and conditions.
Application Portal for additional “General” disbursements:
The Provider Relief Fund Application Portal is to collect information from providers who received General Distribution payments prior to April 24th at 5:00 p.m. EST and who wish to be considered for an additional disbursement from the General Distribution. 
If a provider did not receive any funds from the previous releases, the provider is likely ineligible for any of the remaining $10 Billion General Distribution. However, these providers MAY be eligible for future Targeted Distributions. 
For providers who are able to enter the Application Portal, HHS will be asked to provide:

  1. A provider’s “Gross Receipts or Sales” or “Program Service Revenue” as submitted on its federal income tax return;
  2. The provider’s estimated revenue losses in March 2020 and April 2020 due to COVID;
  3. A copy of the provider’s most recently filed federal income tax return;
  4. A listing of the TINs any of the provider’s subsidiary organizations that have received relief funds but that DO NOT file separate tax returns

Targeted distributions announced thus far include $10 Billion for “high impact” COVID-19 hospitals; $10 Billion for Rural Health Clinics and Rural Hospitals; $400 Million for Indian Health Service facilities; and, an unspecified amount for providers who provide COVID-related care to uninsured individuals. 
Failure to receive any money thus far from the Provider Relief Fund DOES NOT mean the provider is ineligible for the targeted distributions.  Many providers who have not received any Provider Relief Payments thus far will likely be eligible to obtain a Provider Relief Fund payment through a “Targeted” distribution.   

Special thanks to the HBMA Government Relations Committee for compiling this report.