COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund Update: A Review of Additional $8.5 Billion Funding and Strategies for Preparing for Upcoming Reporting and Auditing


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

The Provider Relief Fund created by the CARES Act included billions of dollars to reimburse eligible health care providers for expenses and lost revenues attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent legislation has modified the Provider Relief Fund and appropriated an additional $8.5 billion for rural providers.
With the majority of the Provider Relief Fund distributed, providers are turning their attention to upcoming reporting requirements and future HHS and financial audits. This presentation will provide an overview of the provider relief fund, explore the status of the additional $8.5 billion for rural providers, discuss best practices and strategies for preparing for upcoming reporting obligations and describe future audit requirements.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•  Describe the provider relief fund and the newest $8.5 billion allocation for rural providers.
•  Discuss the current status of Provider Relief Fund reporting and strategies for preparing to submit reports.
•  Highlight and answer common questions about relief fund reporting, retention, and audits.

Date / Time: April 15, 2021

•   3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: April 15, 2021

Ben Fee | Hall Render’s Provider Relief Fund work group

Ben Fee practices exclusively in the area of health law advising health systems and hospitals about regulatory, compliance and corporate transactional matters. He regularly advises clients about reimbursement and financial strategies, government reimbursement and payment matters, corporate structure, and reorganization, the 340B drug discount program and corporate compliance issues. He is part of Hall Render’s Provider Relief Fund work group and regularly counsel’s health systems and hospitals on Provider Relief Fund compliance and strategies. He earned both his law degree and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Iowa.

Lori Wink | Medicare Issues Committee for the Wisconsin chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association

Lori Wink helps clients analyze general health law and regulatory issues, including accreditation, certification, licensure, billing and payment, compliance, Medicare appeals, fraud and abuse, and the Stark Law. Wink advises a variety of health care clients including systems, hospitals, group practices, diagnostic centers and long-term care facilities. She chairs the Medicare Issues Committee for the Wisconsin chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Before practicing law, she was a manager in the audit department of KPMG and was a member of KPMG’s Healthcare Practice Group.

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I. Overview of Provider Relief Fund 3:00 – 3:20
II. Current Status of Distributions and Update on New Distributions 3:20- 3:30
III. Reporting Obligations 3:30 – 3:45
IV. Audit Requirements 3:45 – 4:00