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HHS Adds to Provider Relief FAQs

Thursday, May 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Washington, DC - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has added information to its frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the provider relief payments created in the CARES Act. Specifically, HHS has provided additional guidance to providers of healthcare services on what to do if a payment from the "general distribution" is greater than expected or received in error:

  • Providers that have been allocated a payment must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the Terms and Conditions within 45 days of payment. If a provider believes it was overpaid or may have received a payment in error, it should reject the entire General Distribution payment and submit the appropriate revenue documents through the General Distribution portal to facilitate HHS determining their correct payment. If a provider believes they are underpaid, they should accept the payment and submit their revenues in the provider portal to determine their correct payment.

Additionally, HHS has clarified that TIN's that were purchased in 2019 and/or no longer providing healthcare services as of January 31, 2020 are required to return the general distribution payments if they received one.

HHS has also set a deadline of June 3, 2020 for providers to accept the terms and conditions of payment. If a practice has not accepted the terms and conditions by this time, they will not be eligible for additional general distribution payments, according to HHS.

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