Toolkit for Practices to Help Patients Return to the Office
We’ve heard from physicians who are concerned that their patients are hesitant to return to their office during the COVID-19 pandemic. PAMED's new toolkit offers resources to help physicians communicate with patients about the importance of returning to the office for important well visit, immunization, screening, and follow-up appointments. Get the Toolkit
CARES Act Provider Relief
The bipartisan CARES Act provides $100 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers. Beginning April 10, 2020, $30 billion was distributed with payments arriving via direct deposit. All facilities and providers that received Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements in 2019 are eligible for this initial distribution. The CARES Act provider relief funds are payments, not loans, to health care providers, and will not need to be repaid.
Distribution of the remaining $20 billion of the general distribution to providers began on April 24. A portion of providers will automatically be sent an advance payment based off the revenue data they submit in CMS cost reports. Providers without adequate cost report data on file were required to submit their revenue information. Get details on all CARES Act provider relief funding at hhs.gov/providerrelief and check out the updates below:
- Phase 3 Funding opportunity: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $20 billion dollars in Phase 3 Provider Relief funding will be available. Applications will be accepted from Oct. 5 through Nov. 6. Get details in this HHS press release.
- Reporting Requirements: Those who received one or more CARES Act Provider Relief Fund payments exceeding $10,000 in total are required to report spending information. HHS has shared a notice on the reporting requirements. HHS says a reporting system will be available in early 2021. Read HHS’ webpage on reporting requirements and auditing.
- AMA Update on CARES Act Relief Funding: On June 26, the AMA reported an issue with the drafting of the CARES Act bill that, if left unaddressed, could mean that entities who received relief funds would be required to pay taxes on those funds. The AMA has joined other organizations in asking Congress to correct this error. Find out more in this AMA article.
Business Resources & Loan Opportunities
NORCAL Group COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
NORCAL group, which includes NORCAL mutual insurance company, offers practical resources for health care professionals and business on topics like:
- Human resources
- Physician, staff, and health care operations
Get details at www.norcal-group.com/pandemic.