Update: The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund

Published in Member Communities on April 14, 2020

As most DMEPOS suppliers are now aware, the Department of Health and Human Services has begun the distribution of $30 billion in funds from the $100 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. 

Commencing last Friday, all health facilities that billed Medicare in 2019 will receive a grant from the Fund. Each TIN will receive approximately 6.2% of its 2019 Medicare fee-for-service payments (not including Medicare Advantage). For example, a provider or supplier that received $1 million in Medicare payments in 2019 will receive a relief payment of approximately $62,000.

This payment will not need to be repaid. Payments will be made automatically, without the need to file an application. Many provider/suppliers accounts were paid April 10, with the goal being no later than this week.

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