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  • Washington Highlights

    HHS Announces Distribution of Additional COVID High Impact Funds


    Ally Perleoni, Director, Government Relations
    Len Marquez, Senior Director, Government Relations

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on July 14 plans for a second round of funding from the Provider Relief Fund targeted to hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 admissions.  

    HHS will distribute $10 billion in additional funds to further target hospitals in “high impact” areas, building upon the previous $12 billion tranche announced on April 24 [see Washington Highlights, April 24], which determined eligibility for funds based on COVID patient admissions up until April 10, and reimbursed hospitals with 100 or more admissions $76,975 per admission. The HHS announcement revises the criteria to include hospitals with more than 161 admissions through June 10, with hospitals receiving $50,000 in relief funds per admission. 

    HHS also announced that it will extend the deadline to apply for funds in the Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program distribution to Aug. 3.

    The Provider Relief Fund was established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) and expanded in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139) [see Washington Highlights, March 27, April 24]. The $175 billion fund was established to support health care providers’ increased related expenses or lost revenue due to COVID-19 response efforts. Approximately $50 billion remains in the fund.