The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has made changes to the reporting requirements and expanded the types of providers who could apply for COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds (PRFs), according to an update from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The association said the keys from the announcement include: 

  • HHS is returning to its previous definition of lost revenue, a decrease from 2019 revenue, rather than using the Sept. 19 version that would have capped funds to a facility's 2019 net revenue. 
  • HHS has created new flexibility around reporting at the parent and subsidiary level. 
  • HHS now is allowing private-pay assisted living communities to apply for Phase 3 awards. 

In its press release, HHS said, “In response to concerns raised, HHS is amending the reporting instructions to increase flexibility around how providers can apply PRF money toward lost revenue attributable to coronavirus."

The agency said after reimbursing health care-related expenses attributable to coronavirus that were unreimbursed by other sources, providers may use remaining PRF funds to cover any lost revenue, “measured as a negative change in year-over-year actual revenue from patient care related sources." 

All Phase 3 applicants have until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Nov. 6 to submit their applications for payment consideration, AHCA/NCAL said.

For updates and to learn more about the Provider Relief Program, visit: hhs.gov/providerrelief