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Providers can apply for the new, Phase 4, Provider Relief Funds beginning September 29, 2021.  The application period will run through October 26, 2021.  The application will be made in the Provider Relief Application and Attestation Portal.  Providers who have not previously created an account will need to create one.  Likewise, providers who have not logged in for more than ninety (90) days will need to reset their password.

Phase 4 General Distribution – $25.5 billion in total funding, $17 billion based on providers’ changes in operating revenues and expenses from July 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, intended to promote equity and to support providers with the most need.  HRSA will reimburse smaller providers for changes in operating revenues and expenditures at a higher percentage compared to larger providers, as well as provide additional payments ($8.5 billion of ARP Rural Funding) based on the amount of services they provide to Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare patients, priced at the generally higher Medicare rates.

The application will require the following documentation:

  • Applicant TIN and TINs for any subsidiaries included in the applicant TINs IRS tax filing.
  • Internally generated financial statements that substantiate operating revenues and expenses from patient care in 2019 Q1, Q3, and Q4; 2020 Q3 and Q4; and 2021 Q1.
  • Federal income tax return, audited financial statements, or internally generated financial statements submitted in their entirety.

Most providers who have completed or are currently completing their PRF reporting for initial funding, should have accumulated this information already.

HRSA will be hosting webinars for Phase 4 applicants, including navigating the portal on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.  You can register for the webinar here.

Phase 4 Provider Relief Payments can be used for lost revenues or eligible expenses incurred from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2022.

Once the application deadline has ended, HRSA will determine how the $25.5 billion in relief funds will be distributed based on qualifying applications and the intent of the Phase 4 distribution.

Additional details are available here.

We recommend that any applications for Phase 4 funding be consistent, to the extent possible, with PRF Reporting related to initial Provider Relief Funds.