Provider Relief Funds Application Opens to Private Pay Assisted Living

Regulation | September 02, 2020 | by Nicole Fallon

LeadingAge is pleased to announce that the Provider Relief Fund Phase 2 General Distribution application process is now open to private pay assisted living providers. HHS announced this development late on Septermber 1 and although the announcement didn't note it, HHS shared with LeadingAge that private pay nursing homes are also encouraged to apply using this same process.The deadline to apply is very short -- September 13-- and not expected to be extended so members are encouraged to apply now. 

HHS indicates that it considers the term "assited living facility" to include those providers who are state-licensed or certified and provide assisted living-type services even if the state doesn't call them "assisted living."  

Private pay assisted living(AL) and nursing homes providers must submit their application through the same portal being used for all Phase 2 General Distribution applications. This deadline is NOT expected to be extended. What providers should realize is that they only need to complete the first step of the application process -- Tax Identification Number (TIN) Validation -- by September 13. Once the TIN is validated, providers will receive an email with the next steps to complete the application including submitting financial information.   

Some AL providers submitted their data in late July, early August into an AL portal set up through a joint effort by LeadingAge and other assisted living provider associaitons. These providers will still need to have their TIN validated through the HHS application process but approval should be expedited as those providers were included in the curated list, which HHS will use to approve or validate TINs. 

Providers approved to receive funds will receive 2% of their patient service revenues. 

While not included in the announcement, as noted earlier, private pay nursing homes are encouraged to apply using this same process. HHS has told us that their TINs should be validated through the process. If private pay nursing home members apply through this process and are told their TIN is not validated, please email Nicole Fallon as we will want to follow up with HHS on this issue, as we have been advocating tirelessly to ensure private pay nursing homes also receive funds.