The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced revisions June 11 to reporting requirements and a revised timeline for recipients of the HHS Provider Relief Fund (PRF). PRF distributions began in April 2020, following the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to help providers with healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The federal government has allocated $178 billion for the PRF, and HHS has made both general and targeted distributions to providers.
As a result of the revisions, providers who received more than $10,000 in aggregate PRF payments during a single pay period will have more time to report information. Providers who received PRF funds after June 30, 2020, will have an extended timeline to expend funds. The reporting portal will be open for providers starting July 1. Revisions include:
• The period of availability of funds is based on the date the payment is received (rather than requiring all payments to be used by June 30, regardless of when they were received).
• Recipients are required to report for each Payment Received Period in which they received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000.
• Recipients will have a 90-day period to complete reporting (rather than 30-day reporting period).
More information about the HHS Provider Relief Fund also is available on the HHS website.