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[May 26, 2020] CARES Attestation Window Extended

Posted May 26, 20202 min Read

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On May 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund attestation window.  Providers now have 90 days, rather than 45, from the date a provider received a payment to attest to and accept the Terms and Conditions or return the funds.  The Terms and Conditions can be found here, and HHS’s full press statement can be found here.

Providers will need to identify the dates of each relief payment and their new attestation and Terms and Conditions acceptance date based on the extension.  HHS has updated its CARES Act Fund FAQs accordingly.

AHCA/NCAL has also updated the COVID-Related Cost and Loss Calculator and prepared a guidance document on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The guidance includes:

  • A merged version of Tranches 1 & 2 Terms and Conditions with easily identifiable changes, as well as a redline version of the Tranche 3 Terms and Conditions showing differences relative to the Tranches 1 & 2 Terms and Conditions.  Tranche 3, the SNF Allocation, has its own Terms and Conditions.
  • A table containing key FAQs and AHCA/NCAL interpretations of HHS guidance.

Providers with questions or concerns about Tranches 1, 2, or 3 may contact the HHS Hotline at (866) 569-3522.  When calling, providers should have the following information:

  • TIN(s);
  • CCN(s);
  • Dollar amount in question by tranche and by building; and
  • For questions regarding Tranche 3, also have the number of SNF certified beds (Medicare, Medicaid, or both), as well as the amount you received and the amount you believe you should have received.

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Laura Brown, Director of Legislative and Legal Affairs