HHS Revises Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements, Timeline

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 10 released revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments to reduce burdens on smaller providers. These revisions include deadline extensions for providers to report information and for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. Reporting must be complete by September 30, 2021 for payments received prior to June 30, 2020.

The revised reporting requirements are only applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding an aggregate of $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Distributions, Targeted Distributions, and/or Skilled Nursing Facility and Nursing Home Infection Control Distributions. Additionally, the reporting requirements do not apply to the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing Program, the two claims reimbursements programs, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) COVID-19 Uninsured Program, or the HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund.

"From the beginning of this pandemic, health care providers have gone above and beyond to care for their patients in extremely difficult circumstances that caused significant financial hardship," said HRSA Acting Administrator Diana Espinosa. "These updated requirements reflect our focus on giving providers equitable amounts of time for use of these funds, maintaining effective safeguards for taxpayer dollars, and incorporating feedback from providers requesting more flexibility and clarity about PRF reporting."

These funds were originally distributed based on measures included in the CARES Act that passed in 2020. HHS updated language to more seamlessly reflect verbiage included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 this January. Read key updates included in the revisions and a summary of reporting requirements here. Providers can establish their PRF Reporting Portal accounts and receive updates regarding submissions portal opening dates by registering here.

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