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HHS Releases New Provider Relief Fund Reporting Deadlines

June 15, 2021

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On June 11, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated guidance on the reporting deadlines for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) grants distributed as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The deadline for reporting on PRF usage is now dependent on when the funds were received. Additionally, HHS clarified the deadline for using these funds, which is also dependent on when the funds were received. The table below summarizes these new dates:

Funds Received Deadline to Use Funds Final Day to Report on Fund Usage
April 10, 2020 – June 30, 2020 June 30, 2021 Sept. 30, 2021
July 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020 Dec. 31, 2021 March 31, 2022
Jan. 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021 June 30, 2022 Sept. 30, 2022
July 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021 Dec. 31, 2022 March 31, 2023

The deadline for spending and reporting on usage of these funds has gradually been extended over the last six months. In January 2021, the PRF reporting website opened in name only but no actual data submission was possible. Shortly afterward, HHS announced that the initial Feb. 15, 2021, due date was suspended and that a new deadline would be communicated. This new guidance is that long-awaited communication.

In essence, PRF recipients now have a one-year window to spend any PRF payment and 90 days after that to submit their usage report. However, the new guidance does not change the $10,000 threshold, below which reporting is not required. Most other reporting requirements are also unchanged.

A noteworthy clarification is that the above dates also apply to SNF and Nursing Home Infection Control Distribution payments, including any Quality Incentive Program payments. HHS considers these “targeted distributions” subject to the same spending and reporting deadlines as the PRF general distributions.

If you need help navigating these compliance requirements, please reach out to your KSM advisor or complete this form.

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