AHCA/NCAL: COVID-19 Update - HHS Updates Provider Relief Fund FAQs

Carl J. Pucci and Jackie Pappalardi in Finance & Reimbursement

The Department of Health and Human Services recently updated the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) FAQs with Phase 3 information. Several of the FAQs also provide helpful insights into other PRF requirements. AHCA/NCAL has developed a summary of these updates. 


Other COVID-19 Updates

Correction - Public Health Emergency Extension and Implications: The public health emergency (PHE) is issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary in 90-day increments. Effective October 23, Secretary Azar extended the PHE for another 90 days through January 23, 2021. Read More

Updated Testing Guidance: AHCA/NCAL updated the FAQs on Testing in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Communities. The updates include information on the Abbott BinaxNOW shipments, further clarity on CMS testing requirements, as well as a new section on discordant results. Read More

New Guidance from CDC on Discordant Test Results: The CDC released new information on testing in nursing homes through the frequently asked questions website that addresses discordant test results (i.e. false positives and false negatives) and how nursing homes should handle these situations. Read More

PPE Shortages Continue to Create Challenges for LTC: LTC facilities continue to experience shortages of personal protective equipment, namely N95 masks. The recently updated guidance from the CDC on how COVID-19 spreads through airborne transmission has compounded this problem. Read More


COVID-19 Webinars

ECHO-IHI COVID-19 Learning Network Kickoff Calls
Various Dates in October 2020
Various Times
Hosted by ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network
Five 30-minute sessions are designed to provide nursing home staff with updates on infection control best practices and more. Register

Abbott BinaxNOW Training Webinar
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
4 - 5 PM (EDT)
Hosted by Abbott
Abbott is hosting two training webinars this week for providers using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 and NAVICA app. Register

Abbott BinaxNOW Training Webinar
Friday, October 9, 2020
4 - 5 PM (EDT)
Hosted by Abbott
Abbott is hosting two training webinars this week for providers using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 and NAVICA app. Register

PRF Requirements Office Hours Part 2
Friday, October 9, 2020
3 PM (EDT)
Hosted by AHCA/NCAL
AHCA/NCAL will host a second Office Hours on the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Guidance. Register

PRF Requirements Office Hours Part 1
Recording Now Available!

Hosted by AHCA/NCAL
A recording of the October 2, 2020 AHCA/NCAL hosted PRF Requirements Office Hours Part 1 is now available. Access the Recording


Please email COVID19@ahca.org for additional questions, or visit ahcancal.org/coronavirus for more information.



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Carl J. Pucci
Chief Financial Officer
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Jackie Pappalardi, RN, BSN
Executive Director
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