The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) opened its online portal
for Phase 4 Provider Relief Fund payments on Sept. 29. Health care providers have been waiting for additional funding from the Provider Relief Fund since Phase 3 payments were announced in late 2020.
Overall, HRSA announced $25.5 billion will be made available to health care providers that had COVID-related revenue losses or expenses from July 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, and to health care providers serving rural Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare patients from Jan. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020. The methodology for these payments is as follows:
Methodology for $17 Billion
- 75% based on lost revenues and expenditures
- Small and medium providers will also receive a supplemental payment.
- 25% will be bonus payments based on the amount of Medicaid/Medicare patients served from Jan. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020.
Methodology for (rural) $8.5 Billion
- Distributed based on the amount and type of Medicaid and Medicare services provided from Jan. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020.
Additional information such as updated FAQs
, a video
and webinars can be found on HRSA’s Phase 4 landing page.
Additionally, providers wondering about how their Phase 3 payments were calculated can find an updated detailed methodology
HRSA says it is hopeful that rural payments will start going out by Thanksgiving, while the agency hopes the rest of the payments will go out by the end of 2021. The deadline to apply for this new Phase 4 is Oct. 26.
Contact WHA Vice President of Federal and State Relations Jon Hoelter