The CARES Act appropriated $100 billion to establish a Provider Relief Fund to distribute payments to health care entities across the country that have been affected by COVID-19. This past month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began the delivery of the initial $30 billion in relief funding. HHS will soon make targeted distributions to hospitals and other facilities that have been affected by the increased burden of caring for patients with COVID-19. *
For this targeted distribution, $10 billion has been allocated to hospitals in areas significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
To inform how these funds are distributed, HHS is asking all hospitals to provide specific information via an authentication portal. The deadline for submission of such information has been extended to 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 25, 2020. HHS has advised that this extension will not delay the start of the distribution of these funds to high-impact areas which is scheduled to start the week of April 27th.
Each hospital is asked to provide:
- Medicare Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Total number of intensive care unit beds as of April 10, 2020
- Total number of admissions with a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 from January 1, 2020, to April 10, 2020.
- National Provider Identifier
The authentication portal is live, and the process should not require more than ten minutes via a system that should be familiar to most hospitals. If it is unclear who within a specific hospital organization received this notification or if questions arise regarding the registration process, please contact TeleTracking Technical Support at 877-570-6903.
The requested information is necessary for HHS to determine which hospitals qualify for a targeted distribution. Hospitals must submit the information to receive this payment, although doing so is not a guarantee of eligibility. HHS will use the data it receives to distribute the targeted funds to hospitals where the impact from COVID-19 is greatest. The distribution will take into consideration the challenges faced by hospitals serving a significantly disproportionate number of low-income patients, as reflected by their Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Adjustment.
* We will provide additional information regarding how HHS plans to allocate the remaining $70 billion in relief funding in a follow-up article that will be posted to the Butler Snow Coronavirus Hub.