May 03, 2022
The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow more time for physicians who accepted federal COVID-19 relief funds to meet the Period 1 Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements. Although the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) did briefly reopen the reporting portal last month, approximately 16,000 providers still missed the deadline.
Providers who received one or more payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, during a “payment received period” are required to report in each applicable “reporting time period.” But many physician practices were unaware of the need to report, or were unable to complete the required reporting, due to the impact of the pandemic.
AMA believes non-reporters are primarily small and rural providers who are overwhelmed and have not received sufficient communications about the reporting requirements.
“Volume of physician practices that were unaware of the reporting deadline is staggering. We urge HRSA to release data about these physicians so we can launch a full court communications press to reach them. This would also necessitate more time — at least two additional weeks — to submit a request to report late,” AMA wrote in a letter to HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “At a minimum, HRSA should establish an appeal process for those physicians who will now receive a demand letter for repayment of Provider Relief Funds.”
For more information, see AMA’s letter here.