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HHS Begins Delivering Provider Relief Funding

On April 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began delivering the initial $30 billion in COVID-19 relief funding to eligible providers. This is a partial distribution of the $100 billion provider relief fund provided for in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L.116-136), which was signed into law on March 27. These funds — which need not be repaid — may be used for health care expenses and lost revenue attributable to the coronavirus. According to the HHS notice, even if physicians have ceased operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are still eligible to receive funds.

Within 30 days of receiving the payment, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. Click here to sign the attestation form and here for more information about the program.

Additionally, on April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the approval of more than $51 billion to health care providers — an increase from the $34 billion the agency previously promised — under the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. A fact sheet on the payment process and how to submit a request can be found here. Neurosurgeons can also contact their Medicare Administrative Contractor with any questions.