The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Application and Certification Portal is now open for Phase 4 Rural Distribution and US Rescue Plan (ARP) applications. Distributions received can be used for changes in a vendor’s revenue and operating expenses incurred between January 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. In order to streamline the process, vendors will apply for both programs at through a single application, and eligible providers will be able to receive payments from both programs. All applications must be submitted by October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Here’s how to apply:
1. Determine eligibility
Phase 4 – To be eligible for funding for the $ 17 billion Phase 4 FRP distribution, an applicant must complete all five the following eligibility conditions:
- A candidate must be:
- Provider or provider who charges for Fee-for-Service (Parts A, B, and C), Medicaid (Fee-for-Service or Managed Care) and / or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
- Dental service provider;
- Service residence approved or approved by the State;
- Behavioral health provider; Where
- Supplier having received a prior Targeted Distribution payment;
- The applicant must have filed a federal income tax return in 2018, 2019 or 2020 (or be exempt from the requirement to file federal income taxes);
- Applicant must have provided patient care after January 31, 2020;
- The applicant must not have permanently ceased to provide patient care directly or indirectly through the intermediary of the included subsidiaries; and
- The applicant must have gross receipts or sales from the provision of patient care reported on Form 1040, Schedule C if it is a person providing patient care.
If you are currently terminated or excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, or other federal health care programs, or if your Medicare billing and participation privileges are currently revoked, you are not eligible for apply for phase 4 funding (even if you meet the eligibility requirements listed above).
ARP Rural Distribution – To be eligible for the rural distribution of 8.5 billion ARP dollars, an applicant must meet one of the three following eligibility conditions:
- The applicant is a rural dispensary (as defined in section 1862 (aa) (2) of the Social Security Act);
- The applicant is a provider located in a rural area (as defined in Section 1886 (d) (8) (E) of the Social Security Act); Where
- The applicant: (i) is a provider who has billed Medicare Fee-for-Service (Part A and / or B), Medicaid Advantage (Part C), Medicaid (Fee-for-Service or Managed Care) and / or CHIP for services related to health care between January 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020; and (ii) operates or serves patients in rural areas, as determined by the Federal Office for Rural Health Policy.
2. Collect information and documentation on income and taxes
A supplier will need certain income, tax and banking information, and documentation to complete the application. To determine what information and documents are needed, see the HRSA sample application.
3. Submit your tax identification number (TIN) for validation
If you are a vendor who has not previously received funds for general or targeted PRF distribution, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recommends that you submit your TIN for IRS validation in the request portal. and certificate before starting the application. It can take up to 10 days for the TIN to be validated, so it is suggested to start this process as soon as possible. If you are a supplier who has already received a FRP general distribution payment, your TIN is already validated – you do not need to repeat this step.
4. Complete the application
Once the validation of the TIN is confirmed, complete the funding application and upload supporting documents (if prompted) in the application and attestation portal. As indicated above, only one application will be used for the rural PRF Phase 4 and ARP distributions.
Breakdown of payments
Once all applications are submitted, the HSRA will review and calculate payment amounts based on the total number of applicants, reported financial data, administrative claims, and available funding. If you receive a payment and want to keep the funding, you will need to certify the terms using the Application and Certification Portal.
Remember, all applications must be submitted by October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.