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Health and Resources Service Administration Provider Relief Phase 4 Frequently Asked Questions
Oct. 6, 2021
How much relief funding will doctors likely receive from this round of relief?
Based on the number of applications received, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will determine relief amounts for each applicant. At this point, there is no way to determine what the typical relief amounts will be.
How much funding is available overall?
$8.5 billion will be available for American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) Rural relief payments and $17 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments.
Are there separate applications for Phase 4 and the rural relief programs?
No, there is one application for Phase 4 and the rural relief payments.
What is the application deadline?
Oct. 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
My practice is not in a rural area, should I apply for the relief funds targeted towards rural areas?
Whether you receive rural relief funds will be determined based on whether you may have cared for patients that travel to your practice from a rural area. We recommend that doctors apply for rural relief funds as there is no penalty for applying and not being granted funds.
How do I know if my practice or my patients are in a “rural” area?
HRSA has recommended using this tool to determine rural status. View this tool at data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health.
Do I need to demonstrate a certain level of losses to get Phase 4 relief?
HRSA has not publicly indicated that a certain level of losses must be documented. HRSA will collect revenue information and make a determination based on how many applications they receive.
Most of my losses were in Q1 2020. Should I still apply for this phase of relief?
HRSA is going to be looking at changes in revenues and expenses for the period from July 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. If most of your losses were in Q1 and Q2 of 2020 you may not get benefit as much from this round but HRSA has not identified a revenue loss requirement that will guide distributions. You should still consider applying for the rural relief payments.
Will small practices receive more relief funds?
Yes, “small” practices will receive more relief funds. HRSA will be assessing what is considered to be a “small” practice based on annual revenue. All applicants who fall in the same range (small, medium, large) will receive the same amount. 75% of the Phase 4 allocation will be used for base payments based on operating loses, with additional supplements given to small and medium practices.
How can I get more information about the application process?
HRSA will be hosting webinar sessions for Phase 4 and ARP rural applicants, featuring guidance on how to navigate the application portal.
HHS recently hosted a briefing session to provide information about these upcoming funding opportunities –view the video.
Where do I got to apply for funding?
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