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HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs

Tuesday, June 9, 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 updated the provider relief fund frequently asked questions. In this update, HHS:

  • Clarifies that providers do not need to prove, at the time they accept a Provider Relief Fund payment, that they have already incurred eligible expenses and losses higher than the payment received; however, HHS expects providers to return money to HHS if, at the conclusion of the pandemic, the provider cannot use the funds for permissible expenses or losses.
  • Informs providers that the statutory provisions outlined in the Terms and Conditions “may also independently apply to other government funding” that a provider receives.
  • Indicates that payments from the Provider Relief fund shall not be subject to the claims of a provider’s creditors, and provides additional information on bankruptcies and creditors in active litigation.
  • For distribution of funds under the “General” Distribution to Medicare providers, provides information to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) on compliance with balance billing prohibitions, and clarifies guidance on tax filings and subsidiaries.
  • For distribution of funds under the “High Impact Area Targeted” Distribution, provides additional information on allocation of funds, and guidance on multiple issues, including provider updating of data, and submission of information to be eligible for payment.  HHS also indicates it made payments to almost 400 hospitals and health systems as part of the initial targeted distribution to high impact areas, including payments to entities that operate more than one hospital.
  • For distribution of funds to SNFs, clarifies that SNFs certified under Medicare and/or Medicaid are eligible for this targeted distribution.

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