HHS Expands Provider Relief Fund Eligibility

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the latest Provider Relief Fund (PRF) application period has been expanded to include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions. On October 1, HHS announced it would be making up to $20 billion in new Phase 3 General Distribution funding available for providers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

The list below includes eligible practices where providers may now apply for Phase 3 funding regardless of whether they accept Medicaid or Medicare.

  • Behavioral Health Providers
  • Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians
  • Dental Providers
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Chiropractors
  • Nursing Service and Related Providers
  • Hospice Providers
  • Respiratory, Developmental, Rehabilitative and Restorative Service Providers
  • Emergency Medical Service Providers
  • Hospital Units
  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Laboratories
  • Ambulatory Health Care Facilities
  • Eye and Vision Services Providers
  • Physician Assistants & Advanced Practice Nursing Providers
  • Nursing & Custodial Care Facilities
  • Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Service Providers

For more information on eligible provider types, click here!
You can also view their YouTube video that focuses on eligibility and the user-friendly application process for Phase 3 General Distribution.

Eligible applicants will have until 11:59PM EST on November 6, 2020 to submit their applications for payment considerationOnce validated, these providers will receive a baseline payment of approximately 2% of annual revenue from patient care plus an add-on payment that considers changes in operating revenues and expenses from patient care, including expenses incurred related to coronavirus.

HHS published final reporting guidance to set expectations for PRF payment recipients. Click here to view the reporting guidance.
For more on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, click here!