Provider Relief Fund Round 2 Reporting Now Open

  • Submit Reports by March 31, 2022

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently opened the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal for providers to begin entering data to submit their second period PRF reports. Providers who received one or more General and/or Targeted PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 must report on their use of funds in Reporting Period 2.

Second period PRF reports will cover PRF payments received July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, which include Phase 2 and Phase 3 general distributions. The deadline to use funds for Payment Period 2 was December 31, 2021.

The deadline to submit the second period report is March 31, 2022.

HRSA has added a number of new resources to the PRF reporting website specific to the second reporting period.

Key Provider Relief Fund Resources

HRSA webinar on Period 2:

Providers who were required to report in Reporting Period 1, but did not report are out of compliance with the PRF Terms and Conditions and must return Payment Period 1 PRF payment(s) to HRSA (if you are out of compliance, see HRSA’s resource, Reporting Non-Compliance Fact Sheet). Non-compliant providers will be excluded from receiving and/or retaining future PRF payments – including any applicable Phase 4 payments. HRSA will seek repayment on all PRF payments received between April 10, 2020 – June 30, 2020 and not reported on during Reporting Period 1.

NAHC will continue to monitor all PRF reporting updates and provide timely updates to our members.

Provider Relief Fund Round 2 Reporting Now Open

Submit Reports by March 31, 2022 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently opened the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal for providers to begin entering data to submit their second period PRF reports. Providers who received one or more General and/or Targeted PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, from July 1, 2020…

HHS Begins Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund Distribution, Updates Reporting Requirements for Mergers

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced the distribution of approximately $9 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP providers. The average payment for small providers from this distribution is $58,000, for medium providers is $289,000, and for large providers is $1.7 million. HHS has already started facilitating payments and will continue to do so in 2022.

As part of the announcement, HHS also indicated a new reporting requirement for providers involved in recent mergers or acquisitions that have received Phase 4 or American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Rural payment program funds. Specifically:

  • If the Recipient’s Phase 4/ARP Rural payment(s) exceeds $10,000, the Recipient agrees to notify HHS of a merger with or acquisition of any other healthcare provider during the Payment Received Period within the Reporting Time Period (as defined in the PRF Post Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements). Providers who report a merger/acquisition may be more likely to be audited, consistent with an overall risk-based audit strategy.”

HRSA (the HHS agency implementing the PRF program) considers changes in ownership, mergers/acquisitions, and consolidations to be reportable events under this new requirement. If a provider that received a Phase 4/ARP payment indicates when they report on the use of funds that they have undergone a merger or acquisition during the applicable Payment Received Period, this information will be a component that is factored into whether an entity is audited.

The PRF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were also supplemented in conjunction with the Phase 4 distribution. The newly added items cover a wide range of topics, including mergers and acquisitions, tax credits, guidance for providers that file bankruptcy petitions, and more.

NAHC encourages our members who have received PRF or ARP Rural funds to review the FAQs and other related reporting guidance, to ensure timely and accurate compliance with all criteria. We will continue to monitor and analyze PRF modifications as they develop.

HHS Begins Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund Distribution, Updates Reporting Requirements for Mergers

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced the distribution of approximately $9 billion in CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP providers. The average payment for small providers from this distribution is $58,000, for medium providers is $289,000, and for large providers is $1.7 million.…

Administration Begins American Rescue Plan Rural Funding to Support Providers Impacted by Pandemic

Today, Tuesday, November 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), released the vast majority ($7.5 billion) of the $8.5 billion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to providers and suppliers who served rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries from January 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

Hundreds of home health care and hospice agencies received this funding and we strongly encourage them to attend the stakeholder briefing mentioned below.

You’re Invited: Stakeholder Briefing

HRSA’s Provider Relief Bureau (PRB) will hold a stakeholder briefing on:

  • December 2, 2021
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET

This briefing will provide key information, dates, and data about the payments. Stakeholders must register to attend.

Administration Begins American Rescue Plan Rural Funding to Support Providers Impacted by Pandemic

Tuesday, November 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), released the vast majority ($7.5 billion) of the $8.5 billion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to providers and suppliers who served rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries from January 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

Hundreds of home health care and hospice agencies received this funding and we strongly encourage them to attend the stakeholder briefing mentioned below.

You’re Invited: Stakeholder Briefing

HRSA’s Provider Relief Bureau (PRB) will hold a stakeholder briefing on:

  • December 2, 2021
  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET

This briefing will provide key information, dates, and data about the payments. Stakeholders must register to attend.

Administration Begins American Rescue Plan Rural Funding to Support Providers Impacted by Pandemic

Today, Tuesday, November 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), released the vast majority ($7.5 billion) of the $8.5 billion American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to providers and suppliers who served rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries from January 1, 2019 through September…

Congressional Activity Reflects Strong Interest in Palliative Care

A series of bicameral and bipartisan actions in Congress in recent weeks has signalled strong support for the expansion and strengthening of palliative care in the United States.

As the population ages and more people live longer with greater disability and disease, policymakers are increasingly motivated to build out the palliative care infrastructure so that more patients and families can access these vital services that address the stress and symptoms of serious illness. The COVID-19 pandemic and the suffering it has caused have also spotlighted how the status quo system falls short when it comes to addressing what matters most to very sick patients and families, and have bolstered the interest and argument for more and better palliative care across settings.

Provider Training in Palliative Care Act

On September 29, Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced the Provider Training in Palliative Care Act (S.2890), which would make changes to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Health Service Corp (NHSC) program to make it easier for participating providers to pursue additional fellowship training in palliative care. The NHSC provides scholarships and loan repayment to healthcare professionals practicing at approved sites located in/or serving Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) throughout the United States. NAHC is a strong supporter of this bill, recognizing the critical need to bolster the palliative skills of the health care workforce.

“NAHC applauds Senators Rosen and Murkowski for reintroducing the Provider Training in Palliative Care Act. Home-based providers of every kind, including those that deliver high-quality palliative care to people with serious illness, are facing unprecedented workforce challenges,” said Bill Dombi, President of the National Association for Homecare and Hospice. “We need creative solutions to expand training opportunities in the kind of holistic, person-and-family centered services that palliative care can provide. By making it easier for National Health Service Corp providers to pursue palliative care education, the bill would increase access to this much-needed care in some of the country’s most underserved communities.”

On October 5, Senator Jeff Merkley joined Rosen and Murkowski in co-sponsoring the legislation.

Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

Keeping with the drumbeat around supporting the palliative care frontlines, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9) recently wrote to congressional Democratic leaders to request that the massive and still-developing reconciliation package include policies to boost and better prepare the serious illness workforce to meet the demands of the future. In a letter, the policymakers urged leadership to use the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) as the foundational legislation for these negotiations.

PCHETA would promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, increase the number of palliative care professionals, and implement an awareness campaign to educate the public on its benefits. Passing PCHETA has long been a NAHC policy priority, and we strongly support the inclusion of the bill, or parts of it, in a broader social spending reconciliation package.

Community-Based Palliative Care Demonstration

In addition to these actions focusing on existing workforce challenges, a group of ten U.S. House members from the powerful Ways & Means committee recently penned a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, calling for the agency to launch a community-based palliative care (CBPC) demonstration pilot run out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). NAHC and other stakeholders in the hospice and palliative care community have been advocating for such a demonstration, and we are grateful for these House leaders’ efforts to encourage CMS to finally bring it to fruition. The letter cites research showing how CBPC not only improves the quality of life for patients and families, but also can reduce unnecessary and unwanted utilization that drives up costs for people with serious illness. As a matter of process, the members write that CMS could either create a new standalone CBPC model, or build upon the success of the existing Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). MCCM has been operating for 5 years, and is testing the quality and cost impacts of allowing hospice patients to receive hospice-like palliative care services without having to give up disease-focused “curative” treatments.

recent MCCM evaluation found that demo has reduced Medicare expenditures by $26 million while maintaining a high-quality of care and increasing the likelihood of participating beneficiaries electing the hospice benefit.

Provider Relief Funds, Phase 4: Application Submission Timing Modified

This content provided by Ted Cuppett of the The Health Group, LLC. We thank them for permission to publish here. Over the weekend, the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) modified certain details regarding the Phase 4 PRF application.  Information provided by HRSA now requires Phase 4 applicants to submit their Taxpayer Identification Number (“TIN”)…

Provider Relief Fund Application Closing Soon

The application period for the Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural Distributions is still open, but will close soon on October 26, 2021. You may be eligible for COVID-19 relief funding, but time is running out to apply.

Phase 4 is open to a broad range of health care providers who have been impacted by COVID-19. ARP Rural is open to Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers who serve rural patients. You may be eligible if you deliver health care, services, and/or support in a medical setting, at home, or in the community.

You can apply here HRSA Exit Disclaimer. Applications must be submitted by October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Visit hrsa.gov/provider-relief for more information including application resources and technical assistance webinars that offer guidance on the application process and portal.