Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, the federal government has allocated $178 billion in payments to be distributed through the federal Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who received these funds.
Providers who received one or more provider relief fund payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate during Period 1 (from April 10, 2020 to June 30, 2020) have until September 30, 2021, to report on the use of those funds. The deadline to use funds from Period 1 was June 30, 2021.
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released additional guidance to providers on the reporting requirements and use of funds through two recent updates to the PRF FAQs (July 6 and July 15) and the posting of technical assistance documents.
In the most recent update, HHS announced that it is developing an appeal process to review and reconsider payment uses based on submitted supporting documentation, recognizing that providers may have questions regarding the accuracy of their use of PRF payments.