Providers now have 45 days to attest to receiving payments from CARES Act Provider Relief Fund and accept the terms and conditions.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the deadline extension on May 7, 2020. The original deadline was 30 days. That means, for example, providers who received payment on April 10, 2020, now have until May 24, 2020, to attest and accept terms and conditions.
That also means providers have 45 days to return payments they don’t intend to keep. Not returning the payment within the 45-day time frame means providers accept the terms and conditions by default.
Despite the deadline extension, remember that providers must attest to receipt of the first round of Provider Relief Fund general distribution payments before they can apply for and receive funds from the second round of payments.
The new 45-day deadline also will apply 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, as well as 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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