Organized medicine urges HRSA to reopen provider relief reporting period

April 05, 2022

Some providers across the country who accepted federal COVID-19 relief funds but failed to meet reporting requirements are now facing demands for the return of some or all of the money given to them.

Suppliers who have received one or more payments that exceed $10,000, in total, during a “Payment Received Period” are required to report in each applicable “Reporting Period”.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and a number of national medical specialty societies have urged the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the period Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Stage 1 Reporting Period for at least 60 days to allow physicians who have missed the deadline to report on the use of these funds.

But many medical practices were unaware of the need to report or were unable to complete the required reports due to the impact of the pandemic. In late fall, when the Delta variant came on the scene, medical practices and others were greatly affected in many ways, which may have prevented or delayed required reporting.

The AMA, California Medical Association (CMA), and other organized medicine stakeholders are working with the HRSA to identify and reach out to the remaining practices that have not reported compliance. HRSA staff have indicated their intention to open an appeal period, but details have not yet been released.

The CMA will post more information as it becomes available.

Physicians who need help can call the CMA Member Resource Center at (800) 762-4262 or [email protected]

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