The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the distribution of $4.9 billion in additional relief funds to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The funding is provided through Provider Relief Fund which was appropriated in the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
HHS details that each certified SNF with 6 or more beds will receive $50,000, plus $2,500 per bed. HHS notes that the additional funds may help nursing homes address critical needs such as labor, scaling up testing capacity, acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE), and other expenses related to the pandemic.
Nursing home recipients must attest that they will only use the Provider Relief Fund payments for permissible purposes, as set formed in the Terms and Conditions, and agree to comply with future government audit and reporting requirements. Additional information can be found here.