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May 8, 2020
Edition # 8
ACTION REQUIRED: Important Reminder Regarding General Allocation Fund
 
Thank you for your tireless efforts during this critical time. This is a follow-up reminder regarding CARES Act relief funds for hospitals and other healthcare providers impacted by the coronavirus response. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the deadline for providers to submit their attestations for their Provider Relief Fund payments from 30 days to 45 days.

General distribution payment
As a reminder, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distribution to providers of the remaining $20 billion of the $50 billion general distribution on April 24. Where possible, advance payments were sent to providers based on the revenue data they submit in CMS cost reports.

Providers without sufficient cost report data on file for HHS to distribute funds will need to submit their revenue information to the  General Distribution Portal in order to receive additional general distribution funds. If you have not already submitted information since the portal opened on April 24, please take action as soon as possible.

What action should I take?
If you have not already completed attestation confirming receipt of previous funds, begin by doing so on the  CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal, including agreeing to the Terms and Conditions. The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal will guide you through the attestation process to accept the funds. If you have already attested to receiving your first general distribution payment, you do not need to attest until you receive additional general distribution funds. Not returning the payment within 45 days of receipt will be viewed as acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. If you wish to reject funds previously sent to you, the Portal can also guide you through that process.

Next, if you have not already done so, please submit your revenue information to the   General Distribution Portal for consideration to receive additional general distribution funds. All providers are required under the Terms and Conditions to submit revenue information to the provider portal for later verification.

Attestation Update
HHS plans to make publicly available the names of payment recipients and the amounts received, for all providers who attest to receipt of a payment and acceptance of the
  Terms and Conditions. To calculate your estimated minimum total allocation for the $50 billion general distribution, divide your "Gross Receipts or Sales" or "Program Service Revenue" by 2.5 trillion and then multiply by 50 billion:

(Gross Receipts or Sales / 2,500,000,000,000) X 50,000,000,000 = Expected Combined General Distribution

If you believe that you have received an overpayment, please contact the provider support line at (866) 569-3522; for TTY dial 711.

When will further payments be distributed?
Payments will go out weekly, on a rolling basis, as information is received and validated.

How will payments be distributed?
HHS is partnering with UnitedHealth Group to deliver funds. Your organization's payment will be sent via ACH. The automatic payments are sent via Optum Bank with "CARES Act GenDistributionPMT*
HHS.GOV"  in the payment description. Payments are sent to the group's central billing office. All relief payments are made to provider billing organizations based on their Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs).

Whom can I contact for more information?
For additional information, please visit
  hhs.gov/providerrelief or call the provider support line at (866) 569-3522; for TTY dial 711.

Information provided by:
Eric D. Hargan
Deputy Secretary
United States Department of Health and Human Services


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