HHS activates ‘CARES Act’ Relief Fund application portal

American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service has activated an application portal to distribute $15 billion in ‘CARES Act’ Provider Relief Fund payments to eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations.

AMA explains that, “The payment will be at least two percent of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount will be determined based on submitted data, including the number of Medicaid patients served. Eligible physicians and organizations have until July 20, 2020, to submit their application and report other necessary information, such as annual patient revenue data.”

AMA also notes that HHS is hosting webcasts at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 23 and 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 25 for physicians and other health care professionals who are interested in learning more about the application process. Registration is required.  

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund webcast registration

AMA has also flagged two key questions that were posted on the HHS Cares Act FAQ web page on June 12…

Why is there a new Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal?

[The] Portal will initially be used for new submissions from Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers seeking payments under the Provider Relief Fund starting Wednesday, June 10, 2020. At this time, this portal will serve as the point of entry for providers who have received Medicaid and CHIP payments in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020 and who have not already received any payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution.

What is the difference between the first Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal and the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution?

The first Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal was used for providers who received a General Distribution payment prior to Friday, April 24. These providers were required to submit financial information to receive approximately two percent of gross revenues derived from patient care. HHS has developed the new Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal for providers who did not receive payments under the previous General Distribution, including those providers who bill Medicaid and CHIP (e.g., pediatricians, long-term care, and behavioral health providers.)