HHS Issues Broad Definition for Provider Relief Fund Payments

On June 2, the Department of Health and Human Services released an FAQ that defines the types of expenses that are considered “attributable to the coronavirus,” and therefore an allowable use of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) funding. In addition to standard types of expenses (e.g., supplies, equipment, training, payroll), PRF funds may be used for: rent or mortgage payments; lease payments on equipment and “acquiring additional resources, including facilities, equipment, supplies, healthcare practices, staffing and technology to expand or preserve care delivery.” Allowable expenses must have been incurred after January 1, 2020, but there is currently no end date on such expenses. Read the PRF FAQs.