The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced the release of an additional $413 million in payments as part of the Phase 4 distribution of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). HRSA also confirmed that providers receiving PRF during the first six months of 2022 have until June 30, 2023 to use the funds.
These batch 4 payments were made to 3,600 providers. This includes $55 million for an additional 465 California providers. As of March 21, HRSA has processed 89% of Phase 4 applications, distributing a total of $12 billion of the $17 billion allocated for this phase. The remaining applications — those for which providers have not received a denial notice or payment — are undergoing additional review as part of HRSA’s risk mitigation and cost containment strategy.
CHA would also like to remind members that hospitals and other providers have until March 31, 2022, to report on their use of PRF payments received from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. These funds must have been expended by Dec. 31, 2021. HRSA has posted reporting guidance and supporting documents to assist providers with Period 2 reporting. Additionally, a CHA webinar providing an overview of Period 2 reporting changes and requirements is available as an on-demand recording.