Category: COVID19

HHS Releasing Another $2B in Phase 4 General Distribution Funding

HHS Releasing Another $2B in Phase 4 General Distribution Funding

HHS has just issued the below press release indicating that they are releasing another $2B in Phase 4 General Distribution funding.  When the first round of distributions occurred in December, HHS noted that they had processed approximately 75% of applications.  In the release below, HHS raises that number up to 82% of Phase 4 applications.  Therefore, they are still processing the remaining 18% of applications received for funding; if you applied and did not receive funds or a notification that you did not qualify in December or today, then HHS should still be processing your application.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you as always!

 

With this funding, more than $18 billion will have been distributed from the Provider Relief Fund and the American Rescue Plan Rural provider funding in the last three months.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country this week. These payments come on the heels of the nearly $9 billion in funding that was already released by HHS in December 2021. With today’s announcement, a total of nearly $11 billion in PRF Phase 4 payments has now been distributed to more than 74,000 providers in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and five territories. This is in addition to HRSA’s distribution of American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments totaling nearly $7.5 billion in funding to more than 43,000 providers in December 2021.

“Provider Relief Fund payments have served as a lifeline for our nation’s heroic health care providers throughout the pandemic, helping them to continue to recruit and retain staff and deliver care to their communities,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This funding is just the latest example of the Biden-Harris administration’s dedication to ensuring that providers continue to have the resources they need to meet the evolving challenges presented by COVID-19 and keep providing critical services to the American people.”

Provider Relief Fund payments have been critical in helping health care providers prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. Providers have used the funds to remain in operation and to continue supporting patient care by covering a variety of costs including personnel, recruitment and retention initiatives, medical supplies, information technology, and many other functions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for health care providers and the communities they serve,” noted HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “The Provider Relief Fund remains an important tool in helping to sustain the critical health care services communities need and support the health care workforce that is delivering on the frontlines every day.”

Phase 4 payments have an increased focus on equity, including reimbursing a higher percentage of losses for smaller providers and incorporating “bonus” payments for providers who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries. Approximately 82 percent of all Phase 4 applications have now been processed.

View a state-by-state breakdown of all Phase 4 payments disbursed to date.

View a state-by-state breakdown of all ARP Rural payments disbursed to date.

As individual providers agree to the terms and conditions of Phase 4 payments, it will be reflected on the public dataset.

For additional information, visit www.hrsa.gov/provider-relief.

Next Round of HHS PRF Funding Opportunities & COVID Update – Webinar Reminder

Next Round of HHS PRF Funding Opportunities & COVID Update – Webinar Reminder

Good morning! As a reminder, SHP will be hosting our next COVID update today, September 29, 2021 at 12:00 noon.  Please join us for updates on the next round of funding opportunities which also opened today. This funding opportunity includes a Phase 4 General Distribution and the Rural Health distribution that was allocated under the American Rescue Plan. Additionally, we’ll touch on the latest HHS PRF Reporting grace period and the Phase 3 General Distribution reconsideration process.  In order to join us for this webinar; please use the following link:

https://bit.ly/3u5IXQL

Please be aware that we are transitioning to the Microsoft Teams platform for our upcoming webinars; therefore, if you are new to the Teams platform, we recommend logging in 5-10 minutes prior to the meeting start time to ensure that you can access the meeting with no issues. We look forward to talking with you then!

SAMGMA May Meeting – Market Update by SHP

SAMGMA May Meeting – Market Update by SHP

We would like to thank the Savannah Area Medical Group Management Association for inviting us to their monthly luncheon this week. A great group of engaged Administrators from the area, representing a dynamic and diverse set of providers.

This discussion included updates regarding COVID activity such as the HHS Provider Relief Fund and Medicare prepayment recoupments, Regulatory Activity, and Payer Activity in their market. A look at events that has impacted you, or soon will be, regardless of setting, size or specialty. An external view of the market always make for productive conversation.

Thank you again to Allison Griffin and Trish Rotureau for spearheading the group and the opportunity.

Click here to download the meeting’s PowerPoint.

Upcoming Spring Webinars – Georgia Legislative Session Recap & Surprise Billing Legislation

Upcoming Spring Webinars – Georgia Legislative Session Recap & Surprise Billing Legislation

SHP is excited to announce two upcoming webinars this Spring. These timely webinars will delve into the most recent healthcare changes from the 2021 legislative session as well as how to understand the rules issued by the DOI for Surprise Billing. Join these free webinars with the links below. We will also post recordings and material in our webinar archive after the session.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:00 noon: Georgia Legislative Session Recap

Please join SHP’s Legislative Affairs Team for a recap of key legislation from the 2021 session and to understand what bills will impact you in the coming year! A mini COVID update will be provided with the latest news from HHS and the American Rescue Plan. Use this link to join us at 12:00pm Eastern on Wed. April 14th!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:00 noon: Georgia’s Surprise Billing Legislation

SHP will be joined by Michele Madison pf Morris, Manning & Martin to discuss the enactment of Georgia HB 888 for Surprise Billing by healthcare providers. HB 888 took effect on 1/1/2021 utilizing a set of operational rules and regulations developed by the Department of Insurance (DOI). Join us at this link to learn about the impact that this will have on your operations on Wed. May 5th!

Register for SHP’s American Rescue Act Webinar

Register for SHP’s American Rescue Act Webinar

Following the passage of the American Rescue Act; the fourth stimulus package tied to the ongoing COVID crisis, we’re pleased to announce an upcoming webinar that will detail the key healthcare and employer/business provisions included in the legislation. Please join us on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 12:00-12:45 p.m. to learn more.

For the best experience, please join us via the link below:

https://www.gotomeet.me/Strategic-Healthcare/the-american-rescue-plan

COVID Update – January 2021

  1. HHS Funding Link
    1. Recipients of Payments more than $10,000 in the aggregate under the following distributions.
      1. General Distributions
        1. Phase #1-Medicare
        2. Phase #2-Net Patient Revenue
        3. Phase #3-Equality for Net Patient Revenue across more provider types plus additional allocation (undefined at this point) based on lost revenue
      2. Targeted Distributions
        1. Safety Net Hospital
        2. Rural Hospital & Rural Health Clinic
        3. COVID High Impact Rounds 1 & 2
        4. Medicaid Distribution
    2. Reminder- Original terms and conditions: Recipients agree that funds will only be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID and shall reimburse recipient only for health care-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to coronavirus.
  2. HRSA – COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment and Vaccine Administration. OverviewFAQ
    1. Telehealth Updates
      1. CMS
        1. Official guidance on diagnoses from telehealth services for risk adjustment: What you need to know Link
        2. Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet Link
        3. List of services payable under the MPFS when furnished via telehealth Link
      2. HHS – Telehealth Guide to Delivering Care Safely During COVID-19 Link

HHS Funding – Who is Required to Report?

  1. Recipients of Payments more than $10,000 in the aggregate under the following distributions:
  2. General Distributions:
    1. Phase #1-Medicare
    2. Phase #2-Net Patient Revenue
    3. Phase #3-Equality for Net Patient Revenue across more provider types plus additional allocation (undefined at this point) based on lost revenue
  3. Targeted Distributions:
    1. Safety Net Hospital
    2. Rural Hospital & Rural Health Clinic
    3. COVID High Impact Rounds 1 & 2
    4. Medicaid Distribution
  4. Reminder- Original terms and conditions: Recipients agree that funds will only be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Covid and shall reimburse recipient only for health care-related expenses or lost revenues attributable to coronavirus.
  5. Are any HHS/HRSA Funds Excluded from this Reporting? Yes! These final reporting requirements do not apply to:
    1. Nursing Home Infection Control distribution recipients
    2. Rural Health Clinic Testing distribution recipients
    3. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Uninsured Program reimbursement recipients

SHP Fall Webinar Series New Dates

SHP has added new dates and topics in our Fall webinar series, which focuses on a variety of current and bottom line-impactful  topics.

These webinars serve as a tool to educate and provide actionable takeaways for healthcare providers on real time COVID updates, QPP 2021 Rules, and Revenue Cycle best practices such as Managed Care and Provider Enrollment.  We are also pleased to have the Commissioners for both the Department of Insurance (DOI) and Department of Community Health (DCH).  So, please order in lunch as we interactively discuss such topics amongst your peers.

Visit our webinar schedule for updated information.

HHS Round 3 Portal Application

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced another round of General Provider Relief.  The $20B allocation is intended to ensure all providers achieve a relief payment if at least 2% of their net patient revenue and remaining funds will be allocated as a Phase 3 distribution.  The application cycle is open from October 5 to November 6 and funds will be allocated on a first-come/first-serve basis so please join us to walk through the application process.

https://www.gotomeet.me/Strategic-Healthcare/shp-fall-series-hhs-round-3-portal-application