On Oct. 22, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they are expanding Phase 3 Funding to a broader range of provider applicants (including chiropractors, eye and vision providers, dental providers, etc.) and are updating the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements. HHS is updating the most recent PRF reporting instructions to broaden the use of provider relief funds.
Under Phase 3 General Distribution, which began accepting applicants on Oct. 5, 2020, HHS invited providers that had already received PRF payments to apply for additional funding that considers changes in patient care operating revenue and expenses caused by COVID-19. HHS has expanded the pool of provider applicants for these funds, regardless if they accept Medicare or Medicaid.