PQHH/NAHC CARES Act emergency funding letter to HHS/CMS

  • 03 Apr 2020 3:08 PM
    Message # 8878096
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attached is a letter to HHS/CMS that PQHH cosigned with NAHC regarding the inclusion of Home Health Providers in the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) that was included in the CARES Act (COVID3 stimulus bill).

    As you will see in the letter, we asked that HH be allocated $3billion out of this fund. Competition for these funds will be intense among provider organizations and all sectors are aggressively positioning themselves for relief from this fund.

    The application process for these funds will be forthcoming from HHS – and many anticipate that this guidance/application may be circulated at the end of next week.

    Some brief details about the PHSSEF: 

    • $100 billion available until expended for “necessary expenses to reimburse, through grants or other mechanisms, eligible health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues that are attributable to coronavirus”’
    • The term “eligible health care providers” means public entities, Medicare or Medicaid enrolled suppliers and providers, and such for-profit and nonprofit entities not otherwise described “as the Secretary may specify” that provide diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19.
    • Funds will be available for building or construction of temporary structures, leasing properties, medical supplies and equipment (including PPE and testing supplies), increased workforce trainings, emergency operation centers, retrofitting facilities, and surge capacity.
    • Funds may not be used to reimburse expenses or losses that have been reimbursed from other sources or that other sources are obligated to reimburse
    • Recipients must submit reports and maintain documentation (determined by the Secretary) needed to ensure compliance.
    • To be eligible for payment, an eligible health care provider will submit to HHS an application that includes a statement justifying the need and valid TIN.
    • Payments will be made in consideration of “the most efficient payment systems practicable to provide emergency payment”.
    • OIG will transmit a final report on audit findings no later than 3 years after final payments are made. OIG or GAO may conduct audits of interim payments at an earlier date.

    Elinor Hiller (one of PQHH’s contracted regulatory attorneys) has also provided this additional resource document that includes additional information on this program and other CARES Act appropriations: 

    https://www.alston.com/en/-/media/files/insights/publications/2020/03/ab-overview--cares-act-key-health-care-appropriati.pdf

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