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Provider Relief Reporting Deadlines

On Dec. 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), began distributing Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to health care providers who experienced revenue losses and expenses related to COVID-19. The Phase 4 payments of approximately $9 billion are being made to providers affected by the pandemic. Roughly 75 percent of Phase 4 applications have been processed. HRSA is continuing to review the remaining applications and anticipates distributing the remaining payments in early 2022.

Within 90 days of receiving a payment, American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural and Phase 4 General Distribution recipients must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of payment by re-entering the PRF Application and Attestation Portal. Providers choosing to reject the funds must also complete the attestation and return the funds within 15 calendar days. The deadline to return funds is Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021.

Providers wishing to have their payments reconsidered should be aware that the reconsideration window for ARP Rural and Phase 4 payments will open on Feb. 1, 2022 and will remain open for at least 45 days. Reconsideration eligibility will require a reconsideration application. Providers will likely be expected to provide a copy of the communication from HRSA accompanying payment, the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), DocuSign envelope ID for the ARP Rural/Phase 4 application, and contact information from the original application.

Reporting Period 2 Deadlines

Members who received more than $10,000 in PRF funding from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 should be aware of the upcoming reporting requirements and deadlines. The PRF Reporting Portal will open on Jan. 1, 2022 and will remain open until March 31, 2022. The deadline to use the funds distributed during period 2 is Dec. 31, 2021.

Nursing home members who received more than $10,000 in Nursing Home Infection Control (NHIC) funding including Quality Incentive Program (QIP) payments through PRF from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 also have until Dec. 31, 2021 to incur infection control expenses.

Providers should begin preparing supporting documentation for period 2 reporting. A detailed description of the PRF General and Targeted Distributions reporting requirements is available here.

Contact: Ken Allison, kallison@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8820