Some healthcare providers who received financial assistance from the HHS Provider Relief Fund will have more time to spend that money after several organizations called on HHS to extend a key deadline.
HHS announced Friday four separate deadlines for when providers will have to spend or return unused funds to the federal government, depending on when those payments were originally received. The funding can only be used for COVID-19 related expenses incurred before the payments were received.
However, providers who received PRF payments between April 10 and June 30, 2020 will still have to return any unused funds by June 30.
- Providers who received payments between July 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020 must spend or return funds by Dec. 31, 2021.
- Providers who received payments between Jan. 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 must spend or return funds by June 30, 2022.
- Providers who receive payments between July 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021 must spend or return those funds by Dec. 31, 2022.
The American Hospital Association and other groups had called on HHS to extend the original deadline for spending funds through the end of the public health emergency, but appeared content with the announcement Friday.
“The AHA thanks HHS for listening to our concerns and extending the deadline for hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers to use this critical relief funding,” said Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO. “Today’s announcement to give some healthcare providers more time to spend emergency coronavirus funding will help to ensure that hospitals and health systems can continue the battle against COVID-19 as cases persist.”