Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal

Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal

HHS has announced that today they are opening an enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal that will allow eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers to report their annual patient revenue, which will be used as a factor in determining their Provider Relief Fund payment. The payment to each provider will be at least 2 percent of reported gross revenue from patient care; the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients providers serve.

Clinicians that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and/or Medicaid and CHIP managed care organizations who have not yet received General Distribution funding may submit their annual patient revenue information to the enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal to receive a distribution equal to at least 2 percent of reported gross revenues from patient care. This funding will supply relief to Medicaid and CHIP providers experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID-19. Examples of providers, serving Medicaid/CHIP beneficiaries, possibly eligible for this funding include pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, dentists, opioid treatment and behavioral health providers, assisted living facilities and other home and community-based services providers.

The total distribution for this tranche of funding is approximately $15 billion.  Unlike previous distributions from the Provider Relief Fund, providers must apply for this distribution.

You can access the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Portal on this page –

https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/for-providers/index.html.  Click the yellow box that says “Apply for Funding”

Eligibility-

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. must not have received payment from the $50 billion General Distribution; and
  2. must have directly billed Medicaid for healthcare-related services during the period of January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019, or (ii) own (on the application date) an included subsidiary that has billed Medicaid for healthcare-related services during the period of January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2019; and
  3. must have either (i)  filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018 or 2019 or (ii) be an entity exempt from the requirement to file a federal income tax return and have no beneficial owner that is required to file a federal income tax return. (e.g. a state-owned hospital or healthcare clinic); and
  4. must have provided patient care after January 31, 2020; and
  5. must not have permanently ceased providing patient care directly, or indirectly through included subsidiaries; and
  6. if the applicant is an individual, have gross receipts or sales from providing patient care reported on Form 1040, Schedule C, Line 1, excluding income reported on a W-2 as a (statutory) employee.

Required Information-

You will need the following information when you apply:

  1. The applicant’s most recent federal income tax return for 2017, 2018 or 2019 or a written statement explaining why the applicant is exempt from filing a federal income tax return (e.g. a state-owned hospital or healthcare clinic).
  2. The applicant’s Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return on IRS Form 941 for Q1 2020, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return on IRS Form 940, or a statement explaining why the applicant is not required to submit either form (e.g. no employees).
  3. The applicant’s FTE Worksheet (provided by HHS).
  4. If required by Field 15, the applicant’s Gross Revenue Worksheet (provided by HHS).

Deadline-

The deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 3, 2020

More information about eligibility and the application process is available at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/general-information/index.html

 

Questions?

Contact:


David Carter
| Director, Health Care Finance & Policy

C 360.888.5702

 

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