On October 1, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced an additional $20 billion in funding for healthcare providers to assist with losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. This additional funding is a result of the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. Not only can providers who have already received Provider Relief Fund payments apply for additional funds during Phase 3, but previously ineligible providers may also apply during Phase 3. For example, providers who began practicing between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020, as well as additional behavioral health providers (e.g., addiction counseling centers, mental health counselors, and psychiatrists) can apply for payments during Phase 3. Providers who previously received Provider Relief Funds equating to approximately 2% of annual revenue from patient care can apply for an additional payment during Phase 3.
For eligible providers, the payments will be allocated as follows:
- All applications will be reviewed to determine if the applicant has previously received a Provider Relief Fund payment equal to 2% of patient care revenue.
- If an applicant has not received a previous Provider Relief Fund payment equal to 2% of patient care revenue, the applicant will receive a payment designed to bring the total payments to the applicant (when all payments are combined) to 2% of patient care revenue.
- If an applicant has received a previous Provider Relief Fund payment equal to 2% of patient care revenue, the applicant may receive an additional add-on payment, as determined equitable and appropriate by the Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”).
- With regard to the additional add-on payment, payments will be made to applicants based on the following considerations: changes in operating revenues from patient care, changes in operating expenses from patient care, and payments already received through the Provider Relief Fund.
The application period for Phase 3 Provider Relief Funds runs through November 6, 2020. All providers receiving a Phase 3 payment will be required to attest to its receipt and accept the applicable terms and conditions.
For more information, visit https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/index.html.