The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing it has begun distributing $4.9 billion in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to help them combat the devastating effects of this pandemic.
“This funding secured by President Trump will help nursing homes keep the seniors they care for safe during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration is providing every resource we can, from funding and direct PPE shipments, to regulatory flexibility and infection control consultations, to protect seniors in nursing homes and those who care for them.”
Providers will be paid electronically where possible through Optum Bank with the description: “CARES Act SNF-Pmt*HHS.GOV”.
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 again attest (within 45 days of receipt) they will only use Provider Relief Fund payments for permissible purposes, and agree to comply with future government audit and reporting requirements.
These additional funds will aide our skilled nursing facilities in meeting critical needs such as labor, scaling up COVID-19 testing capacity, acquiring personal protective equipment, and a range of other expenses directly linked to this pandemic.