HHS Provider Relief Fund Updates

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Registration Now Open for Reporting Portal

By Jennifer Allen, CPA, CMPE

Recipients of Provider Relief Funds (PRF) in 2020 agreed to terms and conditions when applying.  Part of the agreement was a reporting requirement for any business that received $10,000 or more in phases 1, 2, or 3 of the Department of Health and Human Service’s PRF program, a part of the CARES Act.

Although the actual reporting aspect has been delayed, recipients who received $10,000 or more must register for the PRF Portal.  There is no deadline to complete your portal registration, but as soon as possible is recommended.

When more guidance is given from HHS, you will be notified when it’s time to submit the required reporting information on the use of any funds you received.  When the time comes, HRSA will reach out to you using the email you provided when applying. 

Make sure to set aside 20 minutes or more to register for the portal.  Also note registration must be completed in one session.  The option to save and restart your registration later is unavailable.  The portal is compatible with the most updated version of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox only. 

What information is needed to register? 

  • Tax ID Number (TIN) or a Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Business name as it appears on a W-9
  • Contact information of the person submitting the report
  • Address of the entity as it appears on a W-9
  • Tax Identification Numbers of subsidiaries, if you’re reporting on behalf of a subsidiary
  • Information about any payments received
    • TIN of the entity receiving payment
    • Amount
    • Payment method
    • Check number or ACH date
  • During registration, you’ll also need to set up a username and password.
  • For more registration information, check out the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal User Guide.

Planning Ahead

Approximately $26 billion remains in the PRF program.  However, HHS has not formally announced how it plans to distribute the remaining funds.  While HHS is not accepting new applications at this time, group practices can file reimbursement claims from the PRF for COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination of individuals without insurance coverage. 

We’ll continue keeping you updated on this topic and others.  As always, contact your tax advisor with any questions or to learn more.