Federal Provider Relief Funding Reports Due Sept. 30th
The fifth reporting period for COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural funding is coming to a close Sept. 30, 2023. Providers who received combined funding in excess of $10,000 in the first half of Calendar Year (CY) 2022 are required to report on the use of the funds. Those reporting should be diligent to ensure that funding is attributed to appropriate costs to avoid potential disallowances upon audit. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reminds providers that there must be a connection between the expense incurred and efforts to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19, and suggests that those submitting reports ask these two questions when trying to determine whether an expense is allowable:
- Is this expense necessary and reasonable to support patient or client care efforts to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19?
- Is this expense incurred consistent with our organization’s policies and procedures?
The reporting portal is here, and the HRSA Relief Funding reporting page is here. While reporting requirements will continue, the passage of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (i.e., debt ceiling extension agreement) and related rescission of program funds means that no further payments, including reconsideration payments, will be made to providers under PRF and the ARP Rural Distribution.
Contact: Darius Kirstein, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-867-8841