This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund:
A distribution of $10 billion will go to hospitals disproportionately affected by caring for COVID-19 patients. To determine which hospitals will receive these funds, HHS has asked for an additional data submission – due June 15 at 8 p.m. CT. Each facility with a Medicare Tax Identification Number should report its total number of COVID-19-positive inpatient admissions from January 1 – June 10 of 2020. Hospitals must submit these data through a TeleTracking authentication portal in order to be eligible for this distribution, though doing so does not guarantee eligibility for any amount.
HHS notes that hospital systems with more than one facility under a common TIN must report the number of admissions occurring within each facility. It states that reporting this information can be accomplished by either entering the data for each facility manually, or by using the comma separated values (CSV) document upload available on the TeleTracking platform.
Additional information about setting up a TeleTracking account and entering data are available on TeleTracking's help website. If there are questions about the registration process, HHS says hospitals should contact TeleTracking Technical Support at 877-570-6903. Questions about the distribution can be directed to the provider support line at (866) 569-3522.
A distribution of approximately $15 billion will go to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution, and $10 billion will go to hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of Medicaid patients or provide large amounts of uncompensated care.
The Department identified eligible hospitals as those meeting all of the following requirements:
1. A Medicare Disproportionate Payment Percentage (DPP) of 20.2% or greater.
2. Average uncompensated care per bed of $25,000 or more. For example, a hospital with 100 beds would need to provide $2.5 million in uncompensated care in a year to meet this requirement.
3. Profitability of 3% or less, as reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the most recently filed cost report.
Eligible hospitals will receive a minimum distribution of $5 million and a maximum distribution of $50 million. This payment is being sent via direct deposit this week.
A complete timeline of ALL distributions made from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is available on the HHS website. If you have any questions, please reach out to the ArkPrepare team at ArkPrepare@arkhospitals.org.