The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it will distribute a second round of funding from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to hospitals that have been highly impacted by COVID-19. Payments totaling $10 billion will go out to over 1,000 hospitals as early as July 20.
On June 8, HHS asked hospitals to submit data on their COVID-19 positive-inpatient admissions from Jan. 1 through June 10. Using those data, HHS will distribute funds to hospitals with more than 161 COVID-19 admissions during this time period, which equates to one admission per day. It also will distribute funds to those hospitals that experienced a disproportionate intensity of COVID-19 admissions (those that exceeded the average ratio of COVID-19 admissions/bed). Hospitals will be paid $50,000 per eligible admission.
For more details on the announcement, see the HHS press release