The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it is extending the deadline to accept provider relief Medicare payments that were issued last month from 30 to 45 days.
Those payments were initially disbursed to Medicare providers between April 10 and April 17 based on their total fee-for-service payments in 2019. Those who received the payment were then required to sign an attestation form stating they agreed to the terms and conditions of accepting the funds, which generally pertain to spending the money on COVID-19 related losses or treatment.
HHS said at the time that it broadly views every patient as a potential case of COVID-19, although there are certain limitations on what the money can be used for, such as executive salaries.
While a provider who received payment on April 10 would have initially been required to attest to the terms of acceptance by May 9, that person now has until May 24 to do so, according to an example provided by HHS. Allowing the deadline to pass is viewed as an automatic attestation by HHS.
The attestation portal may be accessed at this link: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/index.html
Additionally, HHS recently announced a second round of funding is available via application for providers who have already accepted their initial payment.
To be eligible to apply for additional money from the general fund, a provider must have billed Medicare in 2019 and provide or provided after January 31, 2020 diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19. As a reminder, HHS has stated it broadly views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19. $50 billion will be disbursed from this General Distribution.
If you have additional questions about applying for this funding or if you’d like to discuss the terms of acceptance, feel free to reach out to us at 517-486-4262.
Please note: we are a third-party consulting firm that has assisted our current clients in navigating this issue and are now offering free consultations regarding the subject (how to determine whether you’re eligible, what liabilities you may face from accepting this payment, etc). We are not affiliated with HHS or the federal government in any capacity.