Enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, in March 2020 was widely heralded as providing a lifeline to much of the nation’s workforce, easing the regulatory burden on small businesses, and supporting various sectors of the health care industry, including physicians. Physicians who received relief payments that exceeded $10,000 in aggregate during the first payment period (April 10 – June 30, 2020) are required to report on the use of those funds by September 30, 2021. Failure to do so could result in the payments being recouped. Reporting must be done through the Provider Relief Fund reporting portal. Registration takes about 20 minutes and must be completed in a single session. A user guide is available to walk physicians through the registration process.
Physicians may wish to review the Provider Relief Fund General and Targeted Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements to get started. Other helpful resources can be found on the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements and Auditing webpage, including a one-pager and a toolkit from the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as data entry worksheets and Provider Relief Fund General Information FAQs.
Questions can be directed to the Provider Support Line at 866-569-3522.