The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) this week updated its website to confirm it will base $50 billion in COVID-19 relief funding for providers on a share of overall 2018 patient revenue, rather than on 2019 Medicare revenue. The agency previously indicated that the funds, allocated by Congress into multiple relief packages, the so-called general distribution payments, would be distributed based on 2019 Medicare fee-for-service revenue, as was the initial $30 billion distribution. However, when the second tranche of funding was announced, HHS then indicated that $20 billion would distributed based on their overall revenue from all payers, rather than just Medicare fee-for-service, causing some confusion. In addition, HHS has also updated it’s Frequently Asked Questions document
on the provider relief funds, to note that funds should no longer expected within 10 days, noting providers will receive an email when their application is complete and a notification from HHS on the final status of their application.
NASS has pressed lawmakers to extend the COVID-19 telehealth waivers. You can take ask your federal representation to weigh in via the NASS Legislative Action Center