SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #118: New Opportunities for Medicaid Providers Applying for Federal Relief Funds

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to the Provider Relief Fund opportunities for Medicaid providers:

  1. Application deadline extended to Aug. 28, 2020, for Medicaid providers to receive funding through the Provider Relief Fund 
  2. Certain providers who previously received Medicare funds can apply for Provider Relief Funds
  3. Payments for providers who have changed ownership

Application Deadline Extended to Aug. 28, 2020

CMS announced the deadline for Medicaid/CHIP providers to submit their financial data to apply for federal Provider Relief Funds has been extended to Aug. 28, 2020. Providers that have not yet submitted their applications are encouraged to apply.

North Carolina providers that participate in Medicaid may be eligible to receive federal relief as a result of lost revenue or new expenses relating to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Providers can apply by Aug. 28, 2020, to receive payments. 

Eligible providers will receive at least 2% of reported annual gross revenue from patient care. North Carolina providers may qualify and are encouraged to apply if they meet all the following criteria:

  • Providers have directly billed Medicaid for health care related services during the period of January 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019;
  • Continue to provide patient care after Jan. 31, 2020; and 
  • Did not receive a payment from either distribution of the CARES Act Provider Relief General Allocation.

Certain Providers Who Previously Received Medicare Funds Can Apply for Provider Relief Funds

North Carolina providers may be eligible to receive federal relief as a result of lost revenue or new expenses relating to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Providers can apply beginning the week of Aug. 10, 2020, through Aug. 28, 2020, to receive payments. 

Eligible providers will receive at least 2% of reported annual gross revenue from patient care. North Carolina providers may qualify and are encouraged to apply if they received a payment from Phase 1 of the CARES Act Provider Relief General Allocation.

Payments for Providers Who Have Changed Ownership

Starting the week of August 10, providers who experienced change in ownership challenges may submit their revenue information, along with documentation proving a change in ownership, by Aug. 28, 2020, for consideration for Provider Relief Fund payment.

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