Tell Congress: Home Care Deserves Access to Provider Relief Funds

The Provider Relief Fund in the CARES Act has provided a necessary lifeline for health care providers around the country, but home care companies that do not bill Medicare and/or Medicaid have been left out of the fund distribution and NAHC believes this must change.

The fund distributions have enabled the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to stabilize access to care during the Public Health Emergency and help preserve the health care infrastructure for the post-pandemic future and NAHC is grateful for that. However, home care companies provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable Americans and they should be included in all future provider fund distributions. 

NAHC is asking you to CONTACT your elected officials today and urge them to ask HHS to prioritize distribution of CARES Act funds to these home care companies that serve millions of Americans with vital personal health care supports. This will take only seconds of your time and means so much to home care.

Support from the Provider Relief Fund would be consistent with other distributions that have occurred so far. These include distributions to home care agencies that provide this same care through Medicaid, Assisted Living Facilities, and behavioral health providers. Similarly, HHS has provided funding supports beyond Medicare and Medicaid providers to dentists and behavioral health providers among others. As such, the standards and structures are in place to allow these companies to apply for funding.

Please ADD YOUR VOICE to this effort and ensure all home care agencies have the opportunity to access critical funds from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund as the pandemic continues to impact operations. We are stronger together and you can be assured that NAHC will not rest in our advocacy efforts on behalf of the entire home care community.

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OIG Adds 2 Home Health Items to Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced two new items of interest to NAHC home health members. One is an audit of home health telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the second is a report on the challenges faced by home health agencies in responding to the PHE and the…

Home Care COVID Legal Update

Friday, January 22, 2021 Event is free! REGISTER NOW! Wondering about the latest on the COVID-19 vaccines and how the home care industry is responding, how the new administration may impact the industry, and what you can do to take advantage of the Opinion Letter the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued on live-in caregivers?…

Home Care Industry Legal Update: Vaccines, Live-in Caregivers & More

Wondering about the latest on the COVID-19 vaccines and how the home care industry is responding, how the new administration may impact the industry, and what you can do to take advantage of the Opinion Letter the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued on live-in caregivers? You’re in luck! A new webinar by Littler Mendelson, Private Duty Home Care at NAHC and HCAOA will provide you with the insight and answers you need.

We are hosting an industry webinar covering all of these topics Friday, January 22, 2021 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST. We hope you can make it.

During the webinar, we will discuss:

  • The currently authorized vaccines
  • Home care’s place in line in the states
  • The EEOC’s views on the vaccines
  • How home care agencies are responding to the new vaccines
  • Whether a home care agency could and/or should make vaccination mandatory for employees
  • Issues with monetary incentives for employees to get vaccinated
  • Messaging to employees about the vaccine
  • Responding to questions about the vaccination status of employees from clients/patients
  • Vaccine access issues
  • What to expect from the DOL under the Biden administration
  • How you can use the new Opinion Letter to address compensation issues with your live-in and extended shift caregivers

These webinars are intended to provide regular legal updates to assist home health and home care providers trying to navigate through the complex and seemingly ever-changing legal landscape brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HHS Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Update

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced on Friday, January 15, that it will be amend the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Consequently, PRF recipients will now be required to submit their reporting requirements on their use of these funds later than previously announced.

Starting today, however, PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal where they will ultimately submit their information in compliance with the new reporting requirements HHS is issuing.

The PRF Reporting Portal is now open for registration and is available here: https://prfreporting.hrsa.gov/s/

The updated reporting requirements are HERE.

A redline comparing the updated reporting requirements to the November 2020 version is HERE.

Reporting Portal Update & Registration Launch

Beginning last summer, HHS began outlining comprehensive reporting instructions that would apply to recipients of PRF funds that received payments exceeding $10,000 in aggregate. HHS previously planned to open the Reporting Portal based on this previously released information by January 15, 2021, with the first deadline for submissions on February 15, 2021. In late December, however, Congress passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which added another $3 billion in funding to the PRF program and included language specific to reporting requirements. HHS has been working to update the PRF reporting requirements to be consistent with this new law. HHS wanted to give recipients ample time to familiarize themselves with the updated reporting requirements well in advance of required submission deadlines.

HHS is encouraging all PRF recipients that have received aggregate PRF payments that exceed $10,000 to establish a reporting account by registering at the newly enabled PRF reporting website.

The reporting requirements released today do not apply to funds from: Nursing Home Infection Control, Rural Health Clinics Testing, and COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured recipients. While there is currently no deadline for providers to establish a reporting account in the newly enabled Reporting Portal, all providers will be required to complete this first step in order to advance and fulfill their reporting requirements once HHS announces the new deadline to do so. Provider support and call center resources are currently limited but will be more available to answer providers’ questions once the second phase for reporting submissions is announced.

More information about the new reporting requirements and portal registration can be found here.

Latest Payments:

As of the week of January 11, HHS has made the following total payments through both the General and Targeted Distributions of the PRF program:

  • $116,956,445,191 in payments to 644,091 provider TINs.
  • Of these payments, 403,235 providers (unique TINs) have attested to the Terms and Conditions for $101,933,833,186 in payments. A listing of PRF distributions to providers that have accepted the Terms and Conditions can be found here.

As of January 13, 2021, HHS has made COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured payments to 30,074 providers including:

  • Testing claims: $1,455,529,631
  • Treatment claims: $1,557,659,437

A listing of health care entities that have agreed to the Terms and Conditions and received claims reimbursement can be found here.

For more information on the Provider Relief Fund Program, visit hhs.gov/providerrelief.

HHS Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Update

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced on Friday, January 15, that it will be amend the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Consequently, PRF recipients will…

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

Public Health Emergency Extended The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced on Friday, January 8, 2021, that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able…

NAHC Urges Feds to Make Some COVID-Era Reforms Permanent

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments in response to a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) request for information on which COVID-19-related regulatory waivers and flexibilities should be made permanent – beyond the public health emergency (PHE) or remain temporary, and lapse when the PHE is over. HHS specifically…

New CMS Memo Revises COVID-19 Infection Control Survey

See important info about the Private Duty Home Care at NAHC Winter Leadership Summit at the end of this article! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality, Safety and Oversight (QSO) group recently released a memo revising the COVID-19 Focused Infection Control Survey for Acute and Continuing Care, the focused survey tool that…

NAHC Analysis: Impact of COVID Relief and Spending Bill on Home Care and Hospice

President Donald J. Trump signed legislation in late December to fund U.S. federal government operations through the 2021 Fiscal Year and provide $900 billion of stimulus supports to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. NAHC offers the following summary of the over 5600 page legislation. Generally, we confine our summary to those provisions that…