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.…

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.

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…

Info on Provider Relief Funds & American Rescue Plan Rural Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes $17 billion in Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 funding for providers who have experienced changes in operating revenues and expenses, as well as $8.5 billion in American Rescue…

HHS Announces New Provider Fund Distribution & Grace Period for Reporting Obligations

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced it will accept applications from providers for new relief funds this week, as well education for providers to help navigate the application portal.

In addition, there will be a grace period for the reporting deadline of September 30, 2021 for Period 1 recipients of Provider Relief Funds (PRF).

New Distributions

On September 29, 2021, health care providers will be able to apply for $25.5 billion in relief funds, including $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 for a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses. The application will be open for a period of four weeks. Providers must submit their completed application by the final deadline of October 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Providers who have previously created an account in the Provider Relief Fund Application and Attestation Portal and have not logged in for more than 90 days will need to first reset their password before starting a new application.

In order to streamline the application process and minimize administrative burdens, providers will apply for both programs in a single application and HRSA will use existing Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare claims data in calculating portions of these payments.

  • Phase 4 General Distribution — $17 billion based on providers’ changes in operating revenues and expenses from July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
    • To promote equity and to support providers with the most need, HRSA will:
      • Reimburse smaller providers for changes in operating revenues and expenditures at a higher percentage compared to larger providers.
      • Provide “bonus” payments based on the amount of services they provide to Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare patients, priced at the generally higher Medicare rates.
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural — $8.5 billion based on the amount of services providers furnish to Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare beneficiaries living in Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)-defined rural areas.
    • To promote equity, HRSA will price payments at the generally higher Medicare rates for Medicaid/CHIP patients.

PRF Period 1 Reporting Grace Period

HRSA also recently announced a 60-day grace period for PRF recipients that are unable to meet the September 30, 2021, reporting deadline, allowing providers to remain in compliance by fulfilling the obligations of the reporting deadline prior to November 30, 2021. These providers will not face collection activities or similar enforcement actions during the grace period. The deadline to use Period 1 PRF funds remains June 30, 2021. HRSA also notes that providers must return unused funds as soon as possible after submitting their report, and no later than December 30, 2021.

Phase 4 and ARP Rural Technical Assistance Webcasts

HRSA will be hosting webinar sessions for Phase 4 and ARP Rural applicants, featuring guidance on how to navigate the application portal.

  • Thursday, September 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET – register to attend
  • Tuesday, October 5, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET – register to attend
  • Two additional webinars during the weeks of October 11th and 18th (dates, times, and registration details forthcoming)

HHS recently hosted a briefing session to provide information about these upcoming funding opportunities – view the video.

What is ARP Rural?

ARP Rural funding is intended to help address the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on rural communities and rural health care providers, and funding will be available to providers who serve patients in these communities. ARP Rural payments are administered jointly with the Provider Relief Fund, and eligible applicants can apply through the same Application and Attestation Portal that will be available to apply for the Phase 4 General Distribution to be considered for both opportunities simultaneously.

ARP Rural payments will be determined based on the location of the patients, not the provider. Applicants do not need to verify whether their patients live in an area that meets the definition of rural, and can select whether their organization (including any included subsidiaries) would like to be considered for ARP rural payments during the application process. HRSA will base payments on data already available to it on the amount and type of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP services provided to rural patients. HRSA will use the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy definition of rural.

HHS Announces New Provider Fund Distribution & Grace Period for Reporting Obligations

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced it will accept applications from providers for new relief funds this week, as well education for providers to help navigate the application portal. In addition, there will be a grace period for the reporting deadline of September…

Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal is Now Open

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…