Note Important Clarifications for the HHS Emergency Fund Grants
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The Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is intended to provide relief to physician practices who are suffering financial loss due to COVID-19. On April 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began releasing the first $30 billion of relief to physicians and other healthcare providers who received Medicare payments in 2019.

CMS fast-tracked the release of these funds, which will be allocated by the taxpayer identification number (TIN) based on the provider’s share of total Medicare payments made in 2019. Funds are being directly deposited into physician and other provider accounts on a rolling basis. As noted, funds are being distributed based on TIN numbers, so employed physicians or those who have assigned billing rights to a separate TIN will need to contact the billing entity separately to receive the appropriate share of funds.

Physicians and providers must complete an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment within 30 days of receiving the funding from HHS. The Department recently clarified some of the language in the attestation that refers to eligibility based on providing care specifically to COVID-19 patients. Specifically, HHS has posted clarifying language stating that it views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19. 

HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to deliver the stimulus payments, and physicians should contact UHG’s Provider Relations department at 866-569-3522 with inquiries about eligibility, whether a payment has been issued, and where it was sent. 

If you have questions, please contact our advocacy team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by email.

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