HHS Delays Provider Grant Reporting
As we previously reported, under the Terms and Conditions of the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund grants, health care providers receiving the funds agreed to make quarterly reports about how they spent the payments. These reports were originally due on July 10, ten days after the quarter ending June 30. On June 13, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated guidance that recipients will not have to submit separate quarterly reports, saying that HHS public data disclosures would fulfill this requirement under the CARES Act. However, it is still important that providers track and document how the funds are used—HHS will be requiring recipients to submit future reports relating to use of the grant money and will notify recipients of the content and due dates of such reports in the coming weeks. HHS may also reverse course on the quarterly reporting requirement depending on pressure from Congressional oversight committees. Please see our previous April 17, 2020 article and April 29, 2020 article, which discuss the types of documentation that providers should be keeping under the Terms and Conditions attached to the Relief Fund disbursements.