HHS makes changes to Supplier Relief Fund reports
The changes include longer reporting and expenditure deadlines.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revised the reporting requirements for practices that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments.
According to a press release, the revisions include extending the time limit for reporting information and extending the time limits for using FRP funds for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020.
“Since the start of this pandemic, healthcare providers have gone above and beyond to care for their patients under extremely difficult circumstances which have caused significant financial hardship,” said the Acting Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Diana Espinosa, in press release. “These updated requirements reflect our goal of giving suppliers a fair time frame for using these funds, maintaining effective guarantees for taxpayer dollars and incorporating feedback from suppliers who are asking for more flexibility and accountability. clarity on PRF reports.
Some of the key updates include:
- The period of availability of funds is based on the date the payment is received (rather than requiring all payments to be used by June 30, 2021, regardless of when they were received).
- Recipients are required to report for each payment period received in which they received one or more payments exceeding, in total, $ 10,000 (rather than $ 10,000 in total for all FRP payments).
- Recipients will have 90 days to complete the declaration (rather than a 30-day reporting period).
- Reporting requirements now apply to recipients of infection prevention distribution in specialized nursing facilities and nursing homes, in addition to general distributions and other targeted distributions.
- The FRP reporting portal will open for suppliers to start submitting information on July 1, 2021.
The full revised requirements can be found here.
Anders Gilberg, senior vice president of government affairs for the medical group’s management group, applauded the move in an emailed statement.
“MGMA is encouraged by the HHS ‘willingness to provide additional flexibility and clarity to medical groups who received PRF assistance during the COVID-19 public health emergency,” Gilberg said in the statement. “Specifically, we appreciate that HHS acknowledges our concerns regarding the timing of spending and reporting of funds disbursed under this critical program. By increasing the reporting deadline from 30 to 90 days and implementing a staggered deadline to use PRF payments, medical groups won’t have to rush to meet previous arbitrary deadlines.