HHS Launches New Relief Portal for Medicaid & CHIP Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that it will be launching an enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal to allow Medicaid and CHIP providers to report their annual patient revenue for purposes of COVID-19 relief payments.

This information will be used in determining if the provider is eligible to receive relief payments from the $15 billion HHS set aside for state Medicaid and CHIP programs that did not already receive a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. The announcement indicated that each payment would equate to at least two percent of the provider’s reported gross revenue from patient care.

Grassi reached out to HHS for further clarification on the portal and the process for submitting your annual patient revenue:

  • The portal will be active at 5:00 PM EDT on June 10, 2020 via the HHS CARES Act Relief page.
  • You will need your Optum ID to log in, or you can create one if you do not already have one.
  • You should have your billing TIN available, and the system will prompt you to validate it.
  • If your organization qualifies for the funding, the portal will guide you through the upload of your revenue and tax information.
  • If you receive a message that your TIN validation is pending, this means that HHS is looking into your eligibility for the funds. If you receive this message, follow the instructions on the email you subsequently receive from HHS.

After accessing the portal, please reach out to your Grassi Not-for-Profit or Healthcare advisor to let us know the status of your submission and any questions or concerns that arose along the way.

David M. Rottkamp David M. Rottkamp, CPA, is an Audit Partner and Nonprofit Practice Leader, at Grassi. David has over 36 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to the not-for-profit and health care industries. David focuses on organizations serving individuals with special needs, religious organizations, educational institutions, membership associations, social service providers, healthcare providers, foundations, and the arts and culture world. David’s technical knowledge allows... Read full bio

Joseph Tomaino Joseph Tomaino is the Chief Executive Officer of Grassi Healthcare Advisors, LLC and has nearly 40 years of healthcare management experience working in the not-for-profit, for-profit and government-sponsored segments. As a chief executive officer, chief nursing officer, consultant, and educator, Joseph has worked with provider organizations and payers across the U.S. as an architect of value based care -- improving clinical effectiveness along with... Read full bio

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