Relief payments begin

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Friday, April 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has begun making an initial $30 billion in relief funding available to hospitals and providers as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The funding is part of the $100 billion in relief funding to providers called for in the CARES Act recently passed by Congress.

This initial, broad-based distribution will go to hospitals and providers across the U.S. that are enrolled in Medicare. Hospitals and providers are allotted a portion of the $30 billion based on their share of 2019 Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements.

Providers will be paid via automated Clearing House Account information on file with UnitedHealthcare Group, UnitedHealthcare or Optum Bank, or used for reimbursements from CMS.

Within 30 days of receiving payment, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment. The portal for signing these attestations will be open the week of April 13.