Many providers have been anxiously awaiting the report form from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the first report on the COVID-19 related expenses and lost revenues. The first report is due July 10. However, the HHS posted an FAQ on June 13, 2020 that suspended this reporting requirement for July 10. Per the HHS, there is no report due on July 10. This update seemed to be buried in the FAQs and is not highlighted at all by the HHS on the CARES Act webpage. The FAQ as written by the HHS is below.
The Terms and Conditions for all Provider Relief Fund payments require recipients who receive at least $150,000 in the aggregate from any statute primarily making appropriations for the coronavirus response to submit quarterly reports to HHS and the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. This requirement is from section 15011 of the CARES Act. What do providers need to do in order to be in compliance with this provision in the Terms and Conditions? (Added 6/13/2020)
Recipients of Provider Relief Fund payments do not need to submit a separate quarterly report to HHS or the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. HHS will develop a report containing all information necessary for recipients of Provider Relief Fund payments to comply with this provision. For all providers who attest to receiving a Provider Relief Fund payment and agree to the Terms and Conditions (or retain such a payment for more than 90 days), HHS is posting the names of payment recipients and their payment amounts on its public website. HHS Is also working with the Department of Treasury to reflect the aggregate total of each recipient’s attested to Provider Relief Fund payments on USAspending.gov. Posting these data meets the reporting requirements of the CARES Act. See Appendix A of OMB Memo M-20-21 [Implementation Guidance for Supplemental Funding Provided in Response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)].
However, the Terms and Conditions for all Provider Relief Fund payments also require recipients to submit any reports requested by the Secretary that are necessary to allow HHS to ensure compliance with payment Terms and Conditions. HHS will be requiring recipients to submit future reports relating to the recipient’s use of its PRF money. HHS will notify recipients of the content and due date(s) of such reports in the coming weeks.
Click here for a complete list of all FAQs for the HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. These FAQs are updated regularly and should be reviewed on a daily basis. In addition, a complete listing of all providers who have attested to receiving CARES Provider Relief Funds and accepted the terms and conditions is posted here.
For any questions related to the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, or healthcare reimbursement in general, contact Dave Macke, VonLehman’s reimbursement specialist, at email@example.com or 800.887.0437.