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HHS Commits to Release Reporting Requirements for Provider Relief Funds on August 17 

by Denise Burke

Published: July, 2020

Submission: August, 2020

 



Since the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Funds (PRF) first started arriving in provider bank accounts on April 10, 2020, HHS has stated that it will issue additional guidance “soon” on mandatory reporting requirements on how use of funds must be reported. The PRF funds are among the funds Congress appropriated to reimburse eligible healthcare providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19.


Although the details that providers have been awaiting are still not available, on July 20, 2020, HHS released a notice, the General and Targeted Distribution Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements, to inform PRF recipients that the reporting instructions and a data collection template with the necessary data elements will be available through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) website by August 17, 2020, and the reporting system will become available to recipients for reporting on October 1, 2020. Thereafter, all recipients must report within 45 days of the end of calendar year 2020 on their expenditures through the period ending December 31, 2020.


Recipients who have expended funds in full prior to December 31, 2020, may submit a single final report at any time during the window that begins October 1, 2020, but no later than February 15, 2021, while recipients with funds unexpended after December 31, 2020, must submit a second and final report no later than July 31, 2021.


Many providers have expressed a concern that it is uncomfortable to be spending the much needed PRF without having access to the complete list of reporting requirements to guide the spending and documentation of the use of the funds. Some providers fear that they may find their entities subject to repayment of the PRFs due to requirements that are issued after-the-fact.


Go here to read the full notice from HHS.


 


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