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Practices can begin applying for the funds Oct. 5.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $20 billion in new funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) meant for providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
According to a news release, under this Phase 3 general distribution allocation, physicians who have already received Provider Relief Fund payments are invited to apply for additional funding. Those who were previously ineligible, such as those who began practicing in 2020 are also invited to apply as well as an expanded group of behavioral health providers confronting mental health and substance abuse issues made worse by the pandemic.
The application process begins Oct. 5 and ends Nov. 6.
“HHS has worked to ensure that all American healthcare providers receive support from the Provider Relief Fund in a fast and fair way, and this new round helps ensure that we are reaching America’s essential behavioral health providers and takes into account losses and expenses relating to coronavirus,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar says in the release. “We’ve worked with all of the resources we have across HHS to ensure that America’s heroic healthcare providers know they can apply for support.”
The providers eligible for the Phase 3 funding include:
According to the release, the criteria for the Phase 3 payments will be: