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HHS to Distribute $560M in PRF Phase 4

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is distributing $560 million more in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. Coupled with the $11 billion previously distributed, this brings total phase 4 payments to about $11.5 billion, leaving less than $6 billion in pledged funds.

These new funds will reach more than 4,000 providers across the United States this week. The phase 4 payments have an increased focus on equity, including reimbursing a higher percentage of losses for smaller providers and incorporating “bonus” payments for providers who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Medicare beneficiaries. Further, HRSA says providers can use PRF funds to support the health care workforce and address staff burnout. HRSA provides a state-by-state breakdown of phase 4 payments to date.

Visit HRSA’s Provider Relief Fund webpage and America’s Essential Hospitals PRF Reporting and Audits page for more information on payments, reporting and auditing, and FAQs.

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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Abigail Painchaud is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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