April 29, 2021, David Schless, ASHA - Stressing the industry’s need for further allocations from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF), ASHA executives met on Monday, April 26, with senior officials at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
ASHA’s Chairman, Doug Schiffer of Allegro Senior Living and Vice Chairman, Jerry Frumm of Senior Lifestyle, along with ASHA President, David Schless, attended the meeting.
Since the creation of PRF in March 2020, HRSA has overseen and administered payments, including those to eligible providers of senior living. ASHA’s leadership emphasized the need to help cover providers’ expenses and losses from the second half of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021 in a new allocation of funding.
ASHA has been seeking HRSA’s assistance with outstanding Phase 2 and Phase 3 PRF payments for the past several months.
Also, given ongoing issues, ASHA requested the implementation of an appeals process for providers with outstanding payments, as well as those deemed ineligible by the agency for Phase 3 funding.
HRSA officials confirmed that the PRF’s remaining balance is $24 billion and that the timing of the discussion was perfect since they will be reviewing recommendations regarding funding methodologies with HHS next week.
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