Congress opts not to use Provider Relief Fund allocations as an infrastructure funding source

Earlier reports indicated that Provider Relief Fund money would be used to help pay for the pending bipartisan infrastructure bill, but the legislative text includes no such language.

Nick Hut August 2, 2021

Study establishes a link between surges in COVID-19 cases and risk of mortality at hospitals

Statistical analysis shows nearly a quarter of COVID-19 deaths during the first six months of the pandemic could be ascribed to high caseloads at hospitals.

Nick Hut July 22, 2021


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HFMA June 24, 2021

In response to requests, HHS offers accommodations on deadlines for Provider Relief Fund spending and reporting (updated)

The new deadlines apply to allocations received after June 30, 2020. Reporting on use of funds is required only for designated time periods during which a provider’s payment exceeded $10,000.

Nick Hut June 23, 2021

HHS sends letter to providers, insurers reinforcing requirements for COVID-19 vaccination and testing to be free for all recipients

Xavier Becerra, secretary of HHS, issued a letter emphasizing that out-of-pocket fees for COVID-19-related services are prohibited.

Nick Hut June 13, 2021

CMS increases the payment rate for administering authorized monoclonal antibody treatments to patients with COVID-19

CMS has provided a nearly 50% boost in payment to providers that administer monoclonal antibodies to beneficiaries with COVID-19.

Nick Hut May 17, 2021

Issues with Provider Relief Fund disbursements get a hearing in Becerra appearance before Congress

HFMA and various hospital associations have signed letters requesting a delay in the deadline for Provider Relief Fund recipients to use their funds.

Nick Hut May 15, 2021

Rural healthcare providers get almost $1 billion in federal funding to help with COVID-19 response

HRSA has announced the upcoming distribution of nearly $1 billion in federal funding for rural healthcare providers to use in COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination efforts.

Nick Hut May 11, 2021

New HRSA funding is available to providers that administer the COVID-19 vaccine and don’t receive full payment from a health plan

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced a new program to reimburse healthcare providers for administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients whose health plans either do not cover vaccination fees or require cost-sharing.

Nick Hut May 4, 2021

HHS issues various updates to Provider Relief Fund FAQs

HHS updated its 60-page list of FAQs for recipients of Provider Relief Fund payments.

Nick Hut April 6, 2021
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