Wednesday, May 27, 2020

HHS Releases $4.9 Billion to Skilled Nursing Centers

On Friday, May 22 the federal government announced it will allocate $4.9 billion to certified skilled nursing centers, from the Provider Relief Fund created by the CARES Act.

Every provider, whether they have cases of COVID-19 or not, is fighting to protect residents or keep the virus out the building. This has required substantial outlays for PPE, testing, agency staff and hero pay for regular staff as providers isolate and cohort residents, prevent staff from working across units, and increase cleaning and infection control procedures. If a nursing home has COVID-19 positive patients, those costs double and triple.

Which is why AHCA/NCAL welcomed the news on funding in a press statement.

Providers will be paid electronically where possible. Providers who normally receive a paper check for reimbursement from CMS will receive a paper check in the mail for this payment as well, within the next few weeks.
  • HHS will make relief fund distributions to SNFs based on both a fixed basis and variable basis. 
  • Each SNF will receive a fixed distribution of $50,000, plus a distribution of $2,500 per bed. 
  • Providers must attest that they will only use Provider Relief Fund payments for permissible purposes and agree to comply with future government audit and reporting requirements. 
These resources are welcome news, but AHCA/NCAL is not done yet. We realize that many of you have mounting challenges in the weeks and months to come. AHCA/NCAL remains focused and committed to working on your behalf.

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