The Health Resources and Services Department has disbursed $60 million in Phase 4 PRF funding to 293 providers, leaving approximately $1.6 billion unpaid.
There is still 1% of Fourth stage applicants The agency noted its review.
HRSA, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, has added a fifth reporting period for some recipients of its relief fund to detail how they are using the money. The fourth reporting period begins on January 1, 2023, and the fifth period opens on July 1, 2023. The September 9 distribution is the tenth batch of money the federal government has sent since the program began in 2020.
It’s important that HRSA is still reviewing applications after nearly one year, said Nicole Fallon, vice president of health policy and integrated services at LeadingAge, which means HRSA wanted to take a closer look at the details. McKnight Long-Term Care News in a letter.
“One of our members who just received a Phase 4 payment in July or August, had a nursing home fire in the midst of the pandemic,” she said, citing an example of challenging cases that HRSA is taking longer to review. The good news is that no one was hurt and everyone was quickly evacuated. However, due to the unusual circumstances to prove losses and expenses, HRSA took longer to process their applications.”
Fallon said a number of other pending applications come from larger or multi-site organizations, so their requests for funds are likely to be larger in scope. She said tracking data on how many SNFs have applied for these funds is difficult because applicants must choose the care setting and the type of provider that represents the largest percentage of their revenue.
Fallon added that occupancy cuts drastically reduced revenue, and while nursing homes received targeted PRF distributions and infection control funding at targeted nursing homes, some financial support had stringent requirements.
She noted that “NHIC funds, for example, can only be used to pay for infection control expenses, which include things like personal protective equipment, testing, staffing, technology to enable contact with families and other infection control expenses.”