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Several weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new $5 billion Provider Relief Fund distribution for nursing facilities. HHS is distributing an initial $2.5 billion of this funding to support facilities’ COVID-19 infection control efforts (Infection Control Provider Relief Fund Allocation), specifically the new testing required of nursing facilities at least once a month and up to twice a week, and a number of IHCA/INCAL members have reported receiving those funds this week. Each nursing facility is expected to receive $10,000 plus $1,450 per certified bed. The notification from HHS and a FAQ document on this allocation can be found below.
Please note, the Terms and Conditions for the Infection Control Provider Relief Fund Allocation, which can be found in full here, are different than previous allocations. Specifically, recipients must certify that they will not use the allocation to reimburse expenses or losses that have been reimbursed from other sources or that other sources are obligated to reimburse. Recipients must also certify that the allocation will only be used to reimburse the recipient for costs associated with the following items and services:
Recipients are encouraged to establish separate accounts for each award from the Provider Relief Fund for accounting purposes and future reporting to HHS. The balance of the $5 billion will be distributed at a later time and will be based on various COVID-19 related performance measures.