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A: Providers who received payments through the Provider Relief Fund may be eligible for a second round of funding from the Provider Relief Fund. They must apply for these funds on the following link: https://covid19.linkhealth.com/docusign/#/step/1. President Donald J. Trump signed the bipartisan CARES Act that provides $100 billion in relief funding to hospitals and health care providers. Providers who have already received payments from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund may be eligible to receive additional funds. Providers who have already received payments from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund must attest to each payment associated with their billing Taxpayer Identification Number(s). In addition, providers who have already received payments will need to upload their most recent IRS tax filings as well as estimates of lost revenues for March and April 2020.
A: No. As an exercise of the Administrator’s and the Secretary’s authority under Section 1106(d)(6) of the CARES Act to prescribe regulations granting de minimis exemptions from the Act’s limits on loan forgiveness, SBA and Treasury intend to issue an interim final rule excluding laid-off employees whom the borrower offered to rehire (for the same salary/wages and same number of hours) from the CARES Act’s loan forgiveness reduction calculation. The interim final rule will specify that, to qualify for this exception, the borrower must have made a good faith, written offer of rehire, and the employee’s rejection of that offer must be documented by the borrower. Employees and employers should be aware that employees who reject offers of re-employment may forfeit eligibility for continued unemployment compensation. For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, see the Treasury Department's FAQs.
A: Beginning on April 26, 2020 CMS will not be accepting any new applications for the Advance Payment Program, and CMS will be reevaluating all pending and new applications for Accelerated Payments in light of historical direct payments made available through HHS’s Provider Relief Fund. Significant additional funding will continue to be available to hospitals and other healthcare providers through other programs.
A: Yes. On April 10, HHS began issuing provider relief funding via direct deposit and checks to hospitals and other healthcare providers to support expenses or lost revenue as authorized by the CARES Act. These are payments, not loans subject to repayment. They are available to all providers and facilities that received Medicare fee for service reimbursement in 2019. HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group and Optum Bank to distribute the funds according to information on file with United, Optum, or Medicare. Within 30 days of receiving the payment, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. You may also choose to reject the funds. If you received these funds, you should review the eligibility and requirements available at https://www.hhs.gov/provider-relief/index.html. The portal for attestation/rejection is open via the same link.
A: HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to deliver the initial distribution to providers. Physicians who believe they should have received funds but did not can contact UHG’s Provider Relations at (866) 569-3522.
UHG representatives can answer questions about eligibility, whether payment has been issued and where it was sent. UHG is continuing to issue disbursements and expects to complete the direct deposit payments by the first week of May.
A: This helpful fact sheet does a great job of explaining the different programs that are available. There are four options available through the Small Business Administration (SBA):
Each has different requirements and obligations. You may find additional information including loan applications at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options. You are urged to apply as soon as possible. A limited amount of funds has been set aside, unless Congress takes additional action, and are available on a first come-first served basis. Your banking representative or accountant may be able to assistance in completing the application.
A: With several states requiring a shelter-in-place order, employees are concerned about being stopped by police when they travel to and from work. This draft sample letter can be used by employers for their employees that are working for an 'essential' business.
Essential Worker Sample Letter (letter will download automatically when you click the link)
A: There are no new requirements for employers. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has always required employers, including medical practices, to assure safe and healthful working conditions. OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 can be found here.
A: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements went into effect April 1, 2020. This Act requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
A: Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. Additional questions regarding the poster may be found at: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions
A: We recommend you follow the CDC guidance in this regard.
A: Again, CDC is providing excellent guidance which we recomment you follow. They continue to update this page as new information is learned.
A: In Tennessee, TEMA sites are accepting PPE donations.
A: From a HIPAA standpoint, employees should treat patient information with the same privacy and security as they would in the office. The current relaxation of Security guidelines only relates to Telehealth. Practices must include employees working remotely to their Security Risk Analysis in order to remain compliant. Additionally: