The department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recognized the importance of delivering funds from the CARES Act in relief funding to hospitals and other healthcare providers on the front line of COVID-19.
HHS is currently notifying healthcare providers through email with action items required for consideration to receive additional general distribution funds.
The department of Health and Human Services states that $50 billion of the Provider Relief Fund is set aside for general distribution to facilities and providers that billed Medicare in 2019. Of this $50 billion, the first portion which was $30 billion, was distributed between April 10 and April 17.
General allocation payment
HHS began distributing the remaining $20 billion 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. This portal is now open.
Why is this notification important?
The department of Health and Human Services sent the notification because they believe your organization could qualify for additional general distribution funds but do not have enough revenue information on file.
What actions are required?
If you have not already completed the 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.
You’ll need to 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.
When will I see payments?
Payments will go out weekly, on a rolling basis, as information is validated.
For additional information, please visit hhs.gov/providerrelief or call the CARES Provider Relief line at