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 HHS Announces Provider Relief Fund Approaches

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced new approaches to securing funding, including:

--The Medicaid allocation application has been extended to Aug. 28, 2020.

--For certain Medicare providers, HHS will allow those providers who missed the opportunity to apply for additional funding from the $20 billion portion of the $50 billion Phase 1 Medicare General Distribution. The opportunity to apply will begin on Aug. 10 and will close on Aug. 28. 

Also starting the week of Aug. 10, providers that experienced challenges receiving Provider Relief Fund payments due to change in ownership may submit their revenue information, along with documentation proving a change in ownership for consideration for Provider Relief Fund payment. HHS has said it will accept this information through Aug. 28. Read more in the HHS press release here.

Other Announcements

On July 14, CMS announced an initiative to distribute Point-of-Care Antigen COVID-19 testing devices to nursing facilities across the country. American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) members can read a summary of important steps providers must take in preparing to use these testing devices. Read more.

A survey on patient experience with COVID-19 is being conducted by Altarum’s Program to Improve Eldercare and distributed in various forums and groups over the next few weeks ending Aug. 31, 2020. Read more on AHCA/NCAL’s blog.

The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) updated the instructions for completing the NHSN pathway for Supplies and Personal Protective Equipment. Download the new instructions and read more in an AHCA/NCAL blog post.

A White House
announcement last week referred to a COVID-19 training that nursing centers must participate in to qualify and receive additional funding from the Provider Relief Fund. Read more.

Email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.

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