Health Care Alert: New HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund General Distribution Targets Behavioral Health Providers

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On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will distribute an additional $20 billion from the Provider Relief Fund, which was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act).  This “Phase 3 General Distribution” will be available to a wide range of health care providers, including some previously ineligible to receive Provider Relief Fund payments (such as those who began operating in 2020) and “an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting the emergence of increased mental health and substance use issues exacerbated by the pandemic.”

In particular, providers eligible to receive payments from this distribution include:

Providers may apply for the Phase 3 General Distribution payments now.  Although the application window will be open through November 6, HHS is encouraging all eligible providers to apply as early as possible to expedite its review process, which will entail the following:  

As a reminder, all Provider Relief Fund payments carry with them an obligation to comply with the applicable Terms and Conditions.  The Terms and Conditions for the Phase 3 distribution are available here.

We also encourage providers to review HHS’ recent Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements, available here.

If you have questions about the Phase 3 General Distribution, the Provider Relief Fund, or the CARES Act generally, please contact Liam Gruzs, Mairi Mull, or your regular Vorys attorney.



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