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CHA Raises Concerns, Asks for Clarifications on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Instructions

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CHA submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking it to provide additional and necessary clarifications related to the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting instructions. In the letter, CHA details specific concerns and recommendations to HHS, including:  

  • Aligning the time frame to use PRF funds with the public health emergency  
  • Determining lost revenue reporting for hospitals with a non-calendar fiscal year  
  • Preventing “double counting” of health care claims-based COVID-19 relief payments 
  • Reporting marginal COVID-19 expenses net of revenue for COVID-19 relief payments 
  • Defining COVID-19 relief payments that must be offset against expenses   
  • Clarifying the requirement to offset Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments against COVID-19 expenses  
  • Removing Medicaid supplemental payments from the determination of lost revenue attributable to COVID-19 
  • Providing additional detail on provider specific decisions for the Phase 3 distribution