Below are some key updates to the FAQs for the Department of Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund Program.
If an entity incurred enough lost revenue in April and May 2020 to justify its use of the Provider Relief Fund payments received, can it only report those two months? (Modified 1/28/21)
No. Recipients have multiple options to calculate lost revenue as outlined in the Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements. However, for each of these options, the Reporting Entity must report revenue for the full calendar year 2020. If funds were not expended in full by December 31, 2020, then a second and final report will be required on use of funds for the period January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021, which is due no later than July 31, 2021.
Are Reporting Entities required to report each General and/or Targeted Distribution payment separately? (Added 1/28/2021)
Reporting Entities that received General and Targeted Distribution payments will submit a consolidated report through the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal.
What is the maximum allotment of my organization’s Provider Relief Fund amount that can be allocated to lost revenue in 2020? (Modified 1/28/2021)
Unreimbursed expenses attributable to coronavirus are considered first in the overall use of funds calculation. Provider Relief Fund payment amounts not fully expended on unreimbursed healthcare related expenses attributable to coronavirus are then applied to lost revenues for 2020.
Is interest earned on Provider Relief Fund funds considered a reportable revenue source to the Department of Health and Human Services? (Modified 1/28/2021)
Yes, if funds were held in an interest-bearing account, they would be considered reportable revenue. If interest is earned on Provider Relief Fund disbursements that the Reporting Entity expended in full, the interest amounts may be retained and applied toward a reportable use of funds.
If interest is earned on funds that are only partially expended, the interest on remaining unused funds must be calculated, reported, and returned.
Can I use 2020 budgeted revenues as a basis for reporting lost revenues? (Modified 1/28/2021)
Yes. When reporting use of Provider Relief Fund money toward lost revenues attributable to coronavirus, Reporting Entities may use budgeted revenues if the budget(s) and associated documents covering calendar year 2020 were established and approved on or before March 26, 2020. To be considered an approved budget, the budget must have been ratified, certified or adopted by the Reporting Entity’s financial executive or executive officer as of that date, and the Reporting Entity will be required to attest that the budget was established and approved on or before March 26, 2020. Documents related to the budget, including the approval, must be maintained in accordance with the Terms and Conditions.