Reporting Period For Provider Relief Funds Reopened Through April 22

Thanks in large part to the work of the American Medical Association (AMA) and other specialty societies, including the ACC, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is reopening the reporting time for recipients of period 1 Provider Relief Funds. The initial reporting deadline was Nov. 30. As a result of the extension, however, providers have between April 11 and April 22 to submit a late Reporting Period 1 request.

The ACC on March 31 joined with more than 30 national medical specialty societies and the AMA on a letter to HRSA asking the agency to reopen the reporting period for at least 60 days to allow for physician practices, especially small and rural practices, to comply with reporting requirements. According to the letter, workforce challenges and the surge of the Delta variant coupled with the lack of clear communication about the deadline resulted in many practices either not knowing about deadline and/or unable to meet it. "Small and rural physician practices appear to be particularly impacted by the reporting deadline and the potential recoupment of funds," the letter states.

According to new guidance from the HRSA, providers who received more than $10,000 in Provider Relief Funds and failed to submit their period 1 report have between Monday, April 11 and Friday, April 22, to submit a late reporting request. During this reopening period, a provider must choose an extenuating circumstance(s) that prevented compliance with the original reporting deadline. While attesting to an extenuating circumstance is required, no supporting document or proof is required. If HRSA approves the extenuated circumstances form, the provider will receive a notification to proceed with completing the reporting period 1 report shortly thereafter. Providers will have 10 days from the notification receipt date to submit the late period 1 report in the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal. More details can be found on the HRSA website.

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team

Keywords: ACC Advocacy, American Medical Association, United States Health Resources and Services Administration, Physicians, Medicine, Workforce, Financial Management

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