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Physicians Can Apply Now for COVID-19 Financial Relief! Grant Deadline Is October 26

October 8, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released $25.5 billion in new funding for physicians and other healthcare professionals to help recoup revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application portal is now open for physicians and other healthcare professionals to apply for the COVID-19 relief grants! To apply, access the Provider Relief Fund Application and Attestation Portal.

Applications must be received by Oct. 26, 2021, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

HHS recently hosted a briefing session to provide information about these upcoming funding opportunities, which you can view by watching this video. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will also host webinar sessions featuring guidance on how to navigate the application portal:

Two programs are available for healthcare professionals:

  • General Distribution – Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4: Of the $25.5 billion, $17 billion is designated for healthcare professionals who experienced losses in revenue between July 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. PRF Phase 4 will reimburse at a higher rate for smaller practices or individual physicians serving vulnerable communities compared to larger medical groups. Healthcare professionals are also eligible to receive financial bonuses if they serve patients insured by Medicaid; the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and/or Medicare.
  • American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural: The other $8.5 billion is earmarked for rural healthcare professionals who treat patients insured by Medicaid or Medicare and children who have coverage under CHIP. The ARP Rural payments will be based on Medicare reimbursement rates.

Healthcare professionals can apply for both programs in a single application.

Please note: Those who have previously created an account in the application portal and have not logged in for more than 90 days will need to first reset their password before starting a new application.

If you have questions, please review the program guidelines or contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

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