AMA says ‘astonishing’ 16,000 suppliers missed first Supplier Relief Fund reporting deadline
May 03, 2022
The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to allow physicians who have accepted federal COVID-19 relief funds more time to meet Relief Fund reporting requirements period 1 providers. Although the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) briefly reopened the reporting portal last month, approximately 16,000 providers have still not met the deadline.
Suppliers who have received one or more payments that exceed $10,000, in total, during a “Payment Received Period” are required to report in each applicable “Reporting Period”. But many medical practices were unaware of the need to report or were unable to complete the required reports due to the impact of the pandemic.
The AMA believes that non-filers are primarily small, rural providers who are overwhelmed and have not received enough communication about reporting requirements.
“The number of medical practices that were unaware of the reporting deadline is staggering. We urge HRSA to release data on these physicians so that we can launch a comprehensive forensic communication press to reach them. It would also require more time – at least an additional two weeks – to submit a late report request,” the AMA wrote in a letter to HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “At a minimum, HRSA should establish an appeals process for physicians who will now receive a letter requesting reimbursement of relief funds from providers.”
For more information, see the WADA letter here.