PRF Use – A Refresher and Preparing for Reporting

COVID-19; Provider Relief Fund

All recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments must comply with the reporting requirements described in the Terms and Conditions and specified in directions issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Recipients of PRF payments exceeding $10,000 in aggregate must register in the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal. At present, there is no deadline for completing registration in the portal. Recipients will later receive a notification about when they should complete the second step of submitting reporting requirements information on the use of funds. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will send a broadcast email to the email address you provide during the registration process. The registration process will take at least 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one session. You cannot save a partially complete registration.  Make sure you have all of the information required to register before you begin.  

It is important to note that, as of now, PRF must be expended no later than June 30, 2021. HHS will provide directions in the future about how to return unused funds. HHS reserves the right to audit PRF recipients now or in the future, and is authorized to collect any PRF amounts that were overpaid or not used in a manner consistent with program requirements or applicable law. All payment recipients must attest to the Terms and Conditions, which require the submission of documentation to substantiate that these funds were used for health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to coronavirus. 

More details on the reporting requirements can be found on the HHS webpage. AHCA/NCAL also has a pre-recorded webex available on the January 15, 2021 PRF reporting registration instructions as well as the updated reporting guidance for members. The recording includes detail on registration, important registration FAQs, recommended terms and conditions, compliance controls, and a PRF reporting update overview. Finally, AHCA/NCAL has a dedicated PRF webpage with resources and information you might find of assistance – including an AHCA/NCAL document that offers detail on use of funds for health care related expenses and transfer of funds to higher need buildings. Please send any PRF related questions to COVID19@ahca.org.