As we told you last week, practices that received funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act before April 24 have until June 3 to accept the terms and conditions and submit revenue information to receive an additional payment.
However, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department website says practices that qualify for an additional payment have to agree to the terms and conditions within 90 days of receiving funds.
So what happens June 3?
The American Medical Association (AMA) reached out to HHS for clarity, and got the response below. (Spoiler alert: The application portal – which you should use to apply for additional funds – will close June 3. The attestation portal – where you submit revenue information – will be open for 90 days.
Folks will have a total of 90 days to attest. However, they will only have until June 3 to access the application portal to submit their revenue/loss information.
Folks must accept or reject funds in order to enter the application portal.
So, if on June 3 folks are still deciding whether to accept funds they have already received, but haven’t yet submitted their tax information to the application portal, they should (1) reject the funds; (2) submit info to the application portal for consideration.
They will be reallocated all General Distribution funds they are owed based on their submitted application, and will then have 90 days to attest or reject.
We have implemented this so that we can have all applications by June 3, and can start rolling out other distributions.
The attestation portal (as opposed to the application portal) will remain open for 90 days. Only the application portal will close on June 3.
The funds are part of the first round of emergency funding Congress allocated from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.
HHS dispersed $30 billion in April to hospitals, physicians, and other health care professionals in direct proportion to their share of Medicare fee-for-service spending.
The additional funds are part of $20 billion from HHS that will be distributed based on 2018 net revenue.
A date has not been set for a second round of emergency grants through the Provider Relief Fund, which Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma said will be available for health care professionals and facilities that receive much of their revenue from Medicaid and other sources, such as pediatricians and OB/Gyns.
To help you make informed decisions for your practice during the pandemic, TMA has published a Practice Viability Toolkit that provides up-to-date information and resources. The toolkit includes a section on cash flow, including loan assistance, lines of credit, payment deferrals, loan refinancing, and loans from private banks.
You can find the toolkit and other tools, resources, and information on the practice viability section of the TMA COVID-19 Resource Center.