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HHS to Generate Reports on CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Distributions to Satisfy First Quarterly Report; Physicians May Be Required to Submit Future Reports

As noted in the Terms and Conditions of the funds distributed to physicians and providers under the CARES Act in early April, providers who receive at least $150,000 in total federal relief funds, across all programs, are required to submit quarterly reports to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 10 days of the end of the calendar year quarter. For the quarter ending June 30, HHS recently published in an FAQ that it will, “develop a report containing all information necessary for recipients of Provider Relief Fund payments to comply with this provision.” 

At this time, it does not appear that HHS is requiring recipients to file their own reports for the quarter ending June 30. The Terms and Conditions, however, continue to state that recipients—of any payment amount—are expected to comply with any reporting requirement imposed by HHS, and therefore, it may seek information from recipients at a later date. It is unclear if the reports HHS generates will continue to satisfy quarterly reporting requirements permanently, but HHS has indicated it will notify recipients in advance if reporting is required.

HHS will continue to post payment information on recipients who have attested to receiving the money on its website and is working with the Department of Treasury to post the aggregate total of Provider Relief Funds on the website 

ASRS is monitoring this situation closely and will notify members if additional details become available. If you have questions, please contact Allison Madson, director of health policy.

(Published 7.1.20)