The 60-day grace period to complete the first round of required reporting for the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) will end at 11:59 pm EST on November 30th, 2021. PRF recipients who did not complete the necessary reporting by the original deadline of September 30th were considered out of compliance, but no enforcement action will occur until after the grace period as ended. All unused funds must be returned no later than 30 days after the end of the grace period (so, December 30, 2021). At this point, it is unknown if HHS will offer additional grace periods for the next reporting deadlines upcoming in 2022.
The time periods to use and report on PRF funds remains as followed:
|Payment Received Period||Deadline to Use Funds||Reporting Time Period|
|Period 1||April 10, 2020 – June 30, 2020||June 30, 2021||
July 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021
Grace period ends November 30, 2021
|July 1, 2020 – December 31-2020
|December 31, 2021
|January 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022
|January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
|June 30, 2022
|July 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022
|July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
|December 31, 2022
|January 1, 2023 – March 31, 2023
To assist with reporting, the following resources are available:
- Post-payment notice of reporting requirements – June 11th : CLICK HERE
- Portal User Guide – Registration: CLICK HERE
- Portal User Guide – Reporting: CLICK HERE
- Portal FAQS: CLICK HERE
- Reporting FAQs: CLICK HERE
Additional assistance or questions can be directed the HHS Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522.
Distribution of Phase 4 of the PRF, which includes updated distribution methodology to target funds towards rural and smaller practices, has begun as of November 23rd. Eligible providers who applied for this latest round should expect individual communications when final payment determinations are made throughout December.
As always, ADVOCATE will continue to keep you informed on the issues impacting medical groups as they develop.
Manager, Regulatory Affairs