All recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments must comply with the reporting requirements as set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At this time you only need to complete the registration. Once further guidance is issued on the new reporting requirements, we will determine what information will need to be provided. HHS has not indicated when reporting will occur, but we are anticipating it will not begin until Summer. Below are some updated FAQs:
When reporting my organization’s healthcare expenses attributable to coronavirus, how do I calculate the “expenses attributable to coronavirus not reimbursed by other sources?” (Modified 3/31/2021)
Healthcare related expenses attributable to coronavirus may include items such as supplies, equipment, information technology, facilities, employees and other healthcare related costs/expenses for the calendar year. The classification of items into categories should align with how Provider Relief Fund recipients maintain their records. Providers can identify their healthcare related expenses, and then apply any amounts received through other sources, such as direct patient billing, commercial insurance, Medicare/Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or other funds received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Provider Relief Fund COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Treasury’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), that offset the healthcare related expenses. Provider Relief Fund payments may be applied to the remaining expenses or costs, after netting the other funds received or obligated to be received which offset those expenses. The Provider Relief Fund permits reimbursement of marginal increased expenses related to coronavirus provided those expenses have not been reimbursed from other sources or that other sources are not obligated to reimburse. For example, assume the following:
A $5 increase in expense or cost to provide an office visit is calculated by pre-pandemic cost vs. post-pandemic cost, regardless of reimbursement source:
- Pre-pandemic average expense or cost to provide an office visit = $80
- Post-pandemic average expense or cost to provide an office visit = $85
Examples of reimbursed amounts may include, but not be limited to:
Medicaid reimbursement: $70 (Report $85-$80 = $5 as expense attributable to coronavirus but unreimbursed by other sources)
Medicare reimbursement: $80 (Report $85-$80 = $5 as expense attributable to coronavirus but unreimbursed by other sources)
Commercial Insurance reimbursement: $85 (Report $5, commercial insurer did not reimburse for $5 increased cost of post-pandemic office visit)
Commercial Insurance reimbursement: $85 + $5 insurer supplemental coronavirus-related reimbursement (Report zero since insurer reimbursed for $5 increased cost of post-pandemic office visit)
COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured: $80 (Report $5 as expense attributable to coronavirus but unreimbursed by other sources)
Can an organization that received a Provider Relief Fund payment and provided care on or after January 31, 2020 that sold, terminated, transferred, or otherwise disposed of a provider accept the payment (received via ACH or check) associated with the sold provider? (Modified 3/31/2021)
If an organization that sold, terminated, transferred, or otherwise disposed of a provider that was included in its most recent tax return gross receipts or sales (or program services revenue) figure can attest to meeting the Terms and Conditions, it may accept the funds. The Terms and Conditions place restrictions on how the funds can be used. In particular, all recipients will be required to substantiate that these funds were used for health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to coronavirus, and that those expenses or losses were not reimbursed from other sources and other sources were not obligated to reimburse them.
For more information, view the Provider Relief Fund Reporting User Guide. Please contact your Somerset advisor at 317.472.2200 or with any questions.