HHS Distributes Targeted Provider Relief Funds to SNFs and the IHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently distributed $4.9 billion to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and $500 million to the Indian Health Service (IHS) from the Provider Relief Fund.

The $4.9 billion in funding for SNFs is the most recent action on behalf of the Administration to protect the nation’s seniors. HHS has announced nursing homes will receive a fixed distribution amount of $50,000 plus $2,500 per bed. Facilities receiving funds from this allocation will be required to agree to certain Terms and Conditions.

This past weekend an op-ed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma on the Administration’s managing of nursing homes during the public health emergency was published in Newsweek.

HHS has also announced $500 million in support funds for the IHS, including tribal hospitals, clinics and urban programs. The agency stated that these funds will be a crucial support mechanism for the IHS as the pandemic has disproportionately impacted IHS programs and providers. HHS has similarly announced a distribution method based on a fixed amount plus additional funds for the average cost per patient.

After the announcement of these two additional allocations, there is now $97.6 billion unallocated funds remaining in the Provider Relief Fund.