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HHS Acts on Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home Aid

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opened the Provider Relief Fund general allocation for assisted living facilities. The agency also announced more detail on incentive payments under the fund’s nursing home allocation.

The $175 billion Provider Relief Fund was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. It is intended to support providers incurring health care–related expenses and lost revenue related to the COVID-19 response. To date, HHS has allocated more than $125 billion from the fund.

Assisted living facilities that previously were ineligible for the second-phase general allocation can now apply for a relief fund payment. Eligible facilities will receive up to 2 percent of annual patient care revenue. Facilities can begin their application by entering their tax identification number for verification; applications are due Sept. 13.

HHS previously announced a $5 billion nursing home allocation, tying part of the distribution to a facility’s performance in mitigating the spread of the virus and resident fatalities. The incentive payments will be based on four performance periods, each lasting one month, with $500 million available for distribution. Facilities will have their performance evaluated on two outcomes:

  1. ability to keep new COVID-19 infection rates low among residents; and
  2. ability to keep COVID-19 mortality low among residents.

The agency will use date submitted to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) LTCF COVID-19 module to assess facility performance and determine incentive payment amounts.

The association has a members-only COVID-19 funding tracker, capturing opportunities for essential hospitals to access needed resources. We encourage all members to visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

 

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Gontscharow is a senior policy analyst for America's Essential Hospitals.

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