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HHS Opens Application Portal for Provider Relief Fund

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week opened the portal for providers to submit an application for additional Provider Relief Fund payments from the general allocation. The portal will accept applications through Aug. 28.

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. The fund is intended to support providers incurring health care–related expenses and lost revenue related to COVID-19 response efforts. To date, HHS has allocated more than $120 billion from the fund.

Medicare providers that did not receive payment from the $20 billion distribution from the general allocation can apply for additional funding through the portal. Eligible providers will receive funding from the general distribution of up to 2 percent of net patient revenue. HHS will take into account any previous payment from the general allocation when determining payment amounts.

$5B Nursing Home Allocation

HHS also announced a $5 billion allocation from the relief fund for nursing homes and long term–care facilities.

Half of the allocation, $2.5 billion, will be distributed to support staffing, testing, and personal protective equipment needs. The agency also will make available funds to support the establishment of isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients. The remainder of the allocation will be tied to a facility’s performance in mitigating the spread of the virus and resident fatalities.

HHS expects to distribute the initial $2.5 billion in mid-August, followed by performance-based payments in the fall.

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

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