With our first article posted in March 2020, we began a series designed to help you stay abreast of the many regulatory changes and funding opportunities that would help you get through the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The PHE is now scheduled to end on July 15, 2022, unless it is extended for another 90 days, but regardless of exactly when the PHE ends you will need to know what to expect. Some policies will end immediately, and others will end in some number of days later.
When Will Programs and Policies Enacted During the Pandemic End? on May 10, 2022
This article was updated on
May 3, 2022.
By now, practices that received grants under the Provider Relief Funds (PRF) program are familiar with the process of reporting on those funds. Reporting on the initial round of funding that came in April – June 2020 (Period 1) was due by November 30, 2021. The second reporting period, for funds received July – December 2020 (Period 2), ended on March 31, 2022. However, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced that providers will be able to submit a request to report late due to extenuating circumstances for any reporting period. The request deadline for Period 1 was April 22, 2022. A request for Period 2 must be made online by May 13, 2022.
More Pandemic Relief Is Available from the HHS Provider Relief Fund on October 4, 2021
This article was updated on October 28, 2021.
In this article we note that the filing deadline was October 26, 2021. However, if you have submitted your tax identification number (TIN) for validation prior to that deadline, you will have until November 3, 2021 to submit a completed application.
Physicians and other healthcare providers will be able to apply for additional grant funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) beginning on September 29, 2021. This distribution of funds is known as Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) authorized by the CARES Act of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Additional funds will be available under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providers who serve rural patients. Both aspects of the current distribution will be available through a single application process.
It’s Time to Get Started on Provider Relief Fund Reporting on August 25, 2021
Most radiology practices received an initial distribution of Provider Relief Funds (PRF) from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2020. This was the automatic payment (by direct deposit in most cases) that came without much notice following passage of the CARES Act. Any practice that received more than $10,000 at that time, and chose to retain the funds, is now required to register and report to HHS on the use of those funds.
HHS Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Rules are Released on June 30, 2021
The long-awaited guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was just released, indicating that the PRF Reporting Portal will be available on July 1, 2021. The latest "Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements" is dated June 11, 2021, which supersedes the January 15, 2021 document, and the HHS website has also been updated with the new rules.