HHS sets reporting, spending deadlines for Provider Relief Fund payments

June 15, 2021

Health care providers who received distributions from the Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund during the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency now have instruction on how to report on the use of those funds after HHS published new rules Friday.

In addition to establishing spending and reporting deadlines, HHS also clarified recipients are required to report for each Payment Received Period in which they received one or more payments exceeding $10,000. Original guidelines indicated anyone who received at least $10,000 cumulatively across all payment periods would be required to report.

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.

The reporting portal will now be available beginning July 1 for provides who received funds between April 10 and June 30, 2020. The table below also outlines all spending and reporting deadlines for subsequent payment periods.

Credit: CMS

Those who have not done so already are being encouraged to register in the PRF Reporting Portal in advance of the relevant reporting dates. The registration process takes about 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session.

Keep in mind that recipients who spend a total of $750,000 or more in federal funds (including PRF payments and other federal financial assistance) during their fiscal year are also subject to Single Audit requirements, as set forth in the regulations at 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.

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