CMS COVID-19 Billing FAQs Updated to Address Cost Report Issues for PRF, PPP

On August 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an update on COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Billing Issues.   This included some questions regarding cost report issues.  Following is a summary of the cost report questions that was compiled by Dave Macke, Co-Chair of NAHC’s Home Health and Hospice Financial…

Provider Relief Fund: Phase 2 General Distribution Funding Deadline Extended to September 13

As has been reported, qualified health care service and support providers have access to relief funds for appropriate expenses, lost revenue due to COVID-19, or to help uninsured Americans get testing and treatment for COVID-19. Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act…

HHS Delays Release of Provider Relief Fund Reporting Instructions

August 17 was the date providers were expecting to receive quarterly reporting instructions from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for funds received under the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program. (See previous NAHC Report.) However, HHS has announced a delay in this information as they are still refining data elements and formulating a…

HHS Extended Provider Relief Fund Application Deadline for Medicaid and CHIP

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program  is August 3, 2020. The deadline was July 20 but HHS extended the it to August 3. HHS also recently announced that there will be a webcast…

IRS FAQs on Taxation of Provider Relief and Coronavirus Relief Funds

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a brief Frequently Asked Questions memo on the taxation of payments from provider relief and coronavirus relief funds, which generally don’t give the response that many had hoped for. These FAQs may raise a number of issues for providers and others who receive money under these programs. According to…

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

RELATED STORY: HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 9, 2020, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the distribution of additional relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in…

HHS Releases Another Provider Relief Fund FAQ

RELATED STORY: HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Portal, Relief Fund Payments for Medicaid, CHIP Providers, Safety Net Hospitals The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released another set of FAQs on the provider relief fund, which you can find HERE: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/index.html .  Within the FAQs is information about another distribution for hospitals in “High Impact” areas.…

HHS Issues Important Provider Relief Fund Clarifications

Since distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund began in April, there have been numerous issues that have arisen, and over recent weeks the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken steps to clarify a number of them. This article will highlight important guidance issued on June 2 related to the scope…

HHS Announces 45-Day Compliance Deadline Extension for Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release on Friday, May 22, extending the timeline for acceptance of Provider Relief Fund terms and conditions an additional 45 days. This announcement means providers have now been granted 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or…