Special Notice of CARES Act Fund Disbursement
to Health Care Providers
April 10, 2020
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the immediate disbursement of $30 billion to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers. This disbursement is the first installment of the $100 billion allocated by Congress for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security (CARES) Act. 

Earlier this week, MedChi joined with the American Medical Association and 136 other medical societies to call for the immediate disbursement of funds to health care providers . We are grateful to HHS for answering our call for support.

The disbursements are calculated in direct proportion to health care providers’ total amount of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) spending in 2019. All facilities and health professionals that billed Medicare FFS in 2019 are eligible for the funds. These funds are grants that do not have to be repaid. Within 30 days of receiving the payment, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. The portal for signing the attestation will be open the week of April 13, 2020 and will be linked from   hhs.gov/providerrelief .  

MedChi will continue to advocate for economic relief for physicians and health care facilities. We have been promised an announcement from CareFirst, Maryland’s largest carrier, sometime in the next week. We applaud Medical Mutual’s pandemic credit and payment date extension announced earlier this week. And we continue to pressure Medicaid for additional relief.

If you need assistance with economic and business issues, please reach out to MedChi today. We can help answer questions on federal and state loans and grants and help you to understand your options in this difficult time. Our COVID-19 Resource Center includes business resources .

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society | 410-539-0872 | www.medchi.org