On July 1, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) opened the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal. Hospitals and providers who received PRF general or targeted distributions between April 10 and June 30, 2020 (Period 1) have until Sept. 30, 2021, to report on the use of those funds. Providers who have not done so yet must register to access the reporting portal.
HRSA is hosting a technical assistance webinar on July 8 at noon (PT) to provide an overview of the portal. Additionally, a reporting Excel workbook and related users guide are now available. CHA recommends members review these materials as they prepare to report on the PRF distributions received during Period 1.
HRSA has also updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQs. Among other issues, the new/revised FAQs clarify:
- Count Patient Care Revenue Once (page 23): Patient care revenue should not be reported as “other assistance received.”
- Treatment of HRSA Funds Applied For, Not Received (page 16): If a provider has submitted an application to FEMA, but has not yet received the FEMA funds, the provider should not report the requested FEMA amounts in the Provider Relief Fund report. If an entity receives a retroactive payment from FEMA that overlaps with the period of availability, the entity must not use the FEMA payment on expenses or lost revenues already reimbursed by Provider Relief Fund payments.
- Extensions Not Permitted (page 17): Providers will not be able to request an extension of the period to use funds or an extension of the reporting period.
CHA continues to review the updated FAQs and reporting tools and will provide additional analysis as necessary.