Last updated May 4, 2020
abeo has closely monitored for the attestation portal to be published, and it officially posted today. Physician practices who received funds from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must sign the attestation within 30 days of receiving Provider Relief Fund (PRF) stimulus payments on or after April 10th. This includes the overwhelming majority of abeo clients. Please read the Terms and Conditions contained within the attestation (a copy of which can be found here) carefully as acceptance of the funds will trigger some reporting requirements and restrictions regarding the use of funds that need to be understood prior to signing the attestation. If your practice intends to either not accept the Terms and Conditions and/or not keep the PRF funds, then you must contact HHS within 30 days of receipt fo the applicable payment in order to notify them of your decision and receive instructions on how to return the funds. Note: A separate attestation is required for other rounds of PRF payments received.
Here is the link to the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Attestation Portal: https://covid19.linkhealth.com/#/step/1
A note to abeo clients:
1. You will need your practice’s Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) to complete the attestation. Your abeo account manager is ready to assist you with this and five additional items necessary to complete the online attestation form.
2. The HHS Provider Relief Fund web page stated, “As a condition, providers are obligated to abstain from “balance billing” any patient for COVID-related treatment.” abeo has procedures in place to prevent balance billing of patients treated for COVID-19 or who have documented exposure.
Updated HHS Guidance
Importantly, HHS provided updated guidance on the Terms and Conditions for the Provider Relief Fund on April 14th. Specifically, HHS provided clarity regarding the eligibility for the receipt of funds by providers treating possible COVID-19 cases, noting a greater breadth of eligibility than was initially apparent. The additional guidance states:
“If you ceased operation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are still eligible to receive funds so long as you provided diagnoses, testing, or care for individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19. Care does not have to be specific to treating COVID-19. HHS broadly views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19.”
Visit https://www.hhs.gov/provider-relief/index.html for more information. Please continue to monitor abeo’s blog post and social media channels for updates.
abeo Management Corporation (abeo) serves as a leading source of revenue cycle management and practice management with a specialization in anesthesia. The company leverages its people, processes, and software to serve independent practices, surgery centers, hospitals and healthcare systems with a scope of services that include billing, coding, transcription, practice management, and business consulting.