Health Providers Get More Time to Report Covid Relief Payments


June 11, 2021 3:19 pm

Doctors, hospitals, and other health-care providers will now have 90 days to report payments received from the government’s coronavirus relief fund after the HHS extended the deadline from 30 days, the agency announcedFriday.

The congressionally approved provider relief fund (PRF), administered by the Health and Human Services Department, is designed to help health-care entities that have financially struggled during the pandemic. At least $117.7 billion has been paid out to providers.

The change will apply to any provider who received at least $10,000 in each payment period. The requirements don’t apply to the rural health clinic Covid-19 testing program, the Health Resources and Services Administration uninsured reimbursement fund, or the HRSA Covid-19 coverage assistance fund.

Nursing homes and other skilled nursing facilities that received funds also now have to report the payments to the HHS under the change.

“These updated requirements reflect our focus on giving providers equitable amounts of time for use of these funds, maintaining effective safeguards for taxpayer dollars, and incorporating feedback from providers requesting more flexibility and clarity about PRF reporting,” HRSA Acting Administrator Diana Espinosa said in a statement.

The deadline to use the funds will be based on when they were received by the provider, rather than a set date.