HRSA posts an updated FAQ addressing technical changes that will allow certain senior living communities to substantiate their eligibility status for COVID-19 relief.
(Alexandria, Va.) – Argentum, the nation’s leading advocacy group for senior living communities, said the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has posted an updated FAQ this week on the ability for certain providers to submit additional documentation for consideration of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments.
At issue is that assisted living providers who successfully submitted a DocuSign application, and were denied eligibility because their entity and/or TINs could not be verified as a known provider, will now have a new opportunity to substantiate their eligibility status, Argentum said.
Affected providers were notified of the change this week and must submit required documentation by May 9 to be considered for Phase 4 payments.
Argentum has urged HRSA on the issue of so-called “uncured” applicants throughout the COVID-19 relief PRF program.
“Argentum members appreciate this change to allow providers who may have been incorrectly denied to be reconsidered for relief. The change does not, however, address the greater issues before Congress and the Administration to specifically target COVID-19 relief to financially distressed senior living communities on the frontlines of the pandemic battle,” said James Balda, president and chief executive officer, Argentum.
The new HRSA FAQ states:
Phase 4 – Overview and Eligibility:
Will applicants that did not have their TINs validated but were able to submit a DocuSign application have an opportunity to substantiate their eligibility for Phase 4 payments?
Assisted living facilities (ALFs) and behavioral health providers that do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have the opportunity to submit additional documentation in order to be considered for Phase 4 funding. Only ALFs and behavioral health providers that successfully submitted a DocuSign application during the Phase 4 application cycle are eligible for this opportunity. Affected ALFs and behavioral health providers received a notice directing them to submit their state/territorial license or nationally-recognized certification (if operating in a state that does not license their profession or facility) via the supplemental documentation form. ALFs and behavioral health providers have until May 9, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST to submit this documentation in order to be considered for payment from this distribution.
Please note that this opportunity is limited to Phase 4 funding; HRSA will not reevaluate eligibility for ARP Rural payments.
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