Update: On Sept. 10, 2021, HHS announced a 60-day grace period for providers who fail to report Period 1 spending by the Sept. 30, 2021, deadline. The agency announced that while established deadlines will not change, enforcement or collection action for failing to report will not be initiated during this period. However, CMS warns these providers will be out of compliance for failing to meet the initial deadline.
Health care providers who received distributions from the Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund between April 1 and June 30, 2020, must submit their first report on use of those funds by Sept. 30, 2021.
Recipients of the funding, which was established to support providers and health systems during the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency, are required to report for each Payment Received Period in which they received one or more payments exceeding $10,000.
PFR recipients are required to only use payments for eligible expenses, including services rendered, and lost revenues attributable to coronavirus. These requirements do not apply to those who have received funds from the HRSA Uninsured Patient Portal or the Rural Health Clinic Covid-19 Testing Program.
Those who have not done so must begin the reporting process by registering in the PRF Reporting Portal. The registration process takes about 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session.