Update: 3 New FAQs from HHS about Provider Relief Funds

Update: 3 New FAQs from HHS about Provider Relief Funds

11/19/2020 Tags: Announcements, In the News, COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week released three new FAQs that provide additional details about Provider Relief Funds. HHS had previously issued additional FAQs earlier this month.

The first two new FAQs deal with qualifying expenses for capital equipment purchases and capital facilities projects.

According to the HHS, providers can fully expense capital expenses for equipment, inventory, and facilities only when those purchases or investments were “directly related to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.”

The agency provided the following as examples of qualifying expenses:

  • Ventilators, computerized tomography scanners, and other intensive care unit-related equipment put into immediate use or held in inventory
  • General personal protective equipment
  • Disinfectant supplies
  • Retrofitting a COVID-19 unit
  • Enhancing or reconfiguring ICU capabilities
  • Leasing or purchasing a temporary structure to screen and/or treat patients
  • Leasing a permanent facility to increase hospital or nursing home capacity

The other FAQ relates to reporting net patient revenue payments. HHS stated that PRF recipients “shall exclude from the reporting of net patient revenue payments received or payments made to third parties relating to care not provided in 2019 or 2020.”

If you have questions about these new FAQs, reach out to our Healthcare Team.

This communication is intended to provide general information on legislative COVID-19 relief measures as of the date of this communication and may reference information from reputable sources. Although our firm has made every reasonable effort to ensure that the information provided is accurate, we make no warranties, expressed or implied, on the information provided. As legislative efforts are still ongoing, we expect that there may be additional guidance and clarification from regulators that may modify some of the provisions in this communication. Some of those modifications may be significant. As such, be aware that this is not a comprehensive analysis of the subject matter covered and is not intended to provide specific recommendations to you or your business with respect to the matters addressed.

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