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HHS Extends Timeline for Use of PRF Funds

In a release, HHS announced entities that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments now have additional time to use the funds and report on their use. The agency also released an updated post-payment notice of reporting requirements.

The new timeline for spending and reporting on PRF funds depends on when a provider received the payments:


Payment Received Period

(Payments Exceeding $10,000 in Aggregate Received)

Deadline to Use Funds


Reporting Time Period
Period 1 April 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020

June 30, 2021


July 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2021
Period 2 July 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020

Dec. 31, 2021


Jan. 1, 2022, to March 31, 2022
Period 3 Jan. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021

June 30, 2022


July 1, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2022
Period 4 July 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021

Dec. 31, 2022


Jan. 1, 2023, to March 31, 2023


HHS previously said all PRF payments had to be used by June 30, 2021.

The PRF reporting portal, which so far has been open only for registration, will open July 1 for providers to begin reporting on the use of their PRF payments. Providers will have 90 days to enter the information in the portal for each reporting period.

HHS states the new June 11 notice supersedes its Jan. 15 notice. The June 11 notice applies to all general and targeted distributions, including the skilled nursing facilities and nursing home infection control distributions. It contains additional information on the data elements that providers will report through the portal.

For more information on PRF reporting and auditing, see our PRF reporting resource page.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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