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HHS updates its CARES Act FAQ to aid hospitals and health systems in understanding the nuances of the provider relief fund

Among the new FAQs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discusses hospitals’ eligibility for future funding via targeted distributions, stating that “Future General Distributions will take into account previous allocations, including General Distributions and Targeted Distributions. HHS may consider providers that have only received a Provider Relief Fund General Distribution for priority under future General Distributions.” Other topics include general distribution, including the payment portal and data sharing; distributions for rural, skilled nursing and safety net hospitals; general information, such as rejecting payments, auditing, reporting and balance billing and distribution for Medicaid and CHIP providers.