Providers now have 90 days to attest to receiving payments from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund and accept the terms and conditions.
The original deadline was 30 days. On May 7, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 15-day deadline extension, and then again on May 22, 2020, another 45-day extension was announced, leaving providers with 90 days from the date they receive payment to accept the terms and conditions. That means, for example, providers who received payment on April 10, 2020, now have until July 9, 2020, to attest and accept terms and conditions.
That also means providers have 90 days to return payments they don’t intend to keep. Not returning the payment within the 90-day time frame means providers accept the terms and conditions by default.
The new 90-day deadline applies to both rounds of the $50 billion general distribution payments, as well as to the $12 billion earmarked for hospitals with at least 100 COVID-19 inpatient admissions through April 10, the $10 billion being distributed to rural hospitals and clinics, the $400 million heading to tribal healthcare providers, the $4.9 billion designated for skilled nursing facilities, and the portion of the Provider Relief Fund being used to reimburse healthcare providers for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured.
For more information about the deadline extension for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, check out this press release from HHS.
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