Update on Provider Relief Funding Phase 3

From the American Ambulance Association

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to roll out the third phase of Provider Relief Fund.  In December, the Administration announced that it would increase the funding up to 88 percent of the reported losses during the first and second quarter of 2020 for those providers and suppliers who applied.  While many providers and suppliers have received these payments, there are others who are still waiting.

HHS received 80,000 applications and is continuing to examine each one to make sure that the recipients have not already received amounts that would cover the amount of justifiable expenses and lost revenue attributable to COVID-19.   In other words, they are doing their due diligence to make sure that the applications meet the requirements set forth in the statute and the application process.  HHS anticipates that this process may continue through the end of the month.

This means that if your organization applied for the third phase of funding and has not yet received it, you may be hearing from HHS or receiving the funds in the coming weeks.  However, if you organization has already received funding that equals or exceeds reimbursement of 88 percent of these reported losses, the Administration will not provide additional funding at this time.

CMS Announces Ambulance Services Selected for Year 2 Data Collection

December 22, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the names of those ground ambulance service providers and suppliers who will be required to submit their data for year 2 under the ambulance data collection system. To see the list of providers and suppliers selected for year 2, please go to the Ambulances Services Center page of the CMS website and scroll down to “Ground Ambulance Providers and Suppliers Selected to Submit Data in Year 2 (Zip)” or click here to download the file directly.

Those providers and suppliers selected for either year 2 or year 1 will need to capture and report their data for a 12-month period beginning between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Providers and suppliers will have 5 months from the end of their reporting period in which to submit their data to CMS. CMS delayed the capturing and reporting of ambulance data due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.