1st reporting period began yesterday HRSA will hold a technical assistance webinar on July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm ET. The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. All recipients of PRF payments must comply with the reporting requirements described…
Overview page Full guidance On June 11, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released revised reporting requirements for the Provider Relief Fund, which bolstered health care providers facing major revenue problems during the COVID-19 pandemic. HHS also added flexibility for providers to spend funding if they received it after June 30, 2020. However,…
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.
Every Voice, Every Heart, Every Action
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/
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.
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.
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…
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