HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Reporting
On Jan. 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will delay the reporting timeline for hospitals and other health care providers who have received funding from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF).
HHS says the recently-enacted year-end COVID package that granted providers more flexibility in spending PRF dollars led them to make this change.
As covered in a previous edition of The Valued Voice, the Wisconsin Hospital Association requested the Trump administration and Congress to allow providers to use the original June 2020 guidance that allowed providers to use any reasonable method of accounting for losses due to COVID-19.
While HHS does not say when the new timeline for reporting will begin, it encourages providers to sign up for the reporting portal in the meantime, which also launched on Jan. 15. HHS believes this will make reporting run more smoothly when the reporting window opens.
Contact WHA Vice President of Federal and State Relations Jon Hoelter with questions.
This story originally appeared in the January 21, 2021 edition of WHA Newsletter