Federal Government Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Extension
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just announced that Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) recipients will now be required to submit reports regarding their use of these funds later than previously announced.
The previous deadline was February 15, 2021. Currently, a specific new timeline was provided, but HHS is encouraging providers to register to receive updates. The extension was due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the need to ensure that reporting measures will meet the requirements of the recently enacted legislation.
Starting Jan. 15, however, PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal where they will ultimately submit their information in compliance with the new reporting requirements HHS is issuing.
Reporting Portal Update & Registration Launch
Beginning last summer, HHS began outlining comprehensive reporting instructions that would apply to recipients of PRF funds that received payments exceeding $10,000 in aggregate. In late December, however, Congress passed the supplemental Appropriations Act which added another $3 billion in funding to the PRF program and included language specific to reporting requirements.
HHS has been working to update the PRF reporting requirements to be consistent with this new law. However, the department wanted to give recipients ample time to familiarize themselves with the updated reporting requirements well in advance of required submission deadlines.
In the interim, HHS is encouraging all PRF recipients that have received aggregate PRF payments that exceed $10,000 to establish a reporting account by registering at the newly enabled PRF reporting website.
While there is currently no deadline for providers to establish a reporting account in the newly enabled Reporting Portal, all providers will be required to complete this first step in order to advance and fulfill their reporting requirements once HHS announces the new deadline.
More information about the new reporting requirements and portal registration can be foundhere.