NHPCO Urges HHS to Amend COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements and Clarify Guidance Regarding Lost Revenue

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Lost Fundraising and Thrift Store Revenue is Significant for Many Hospice Organizations

On November 17, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to amend the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting requirements and release clarifying guidance regarding lost revenue. PRF payments have served as an essential resource to hospices that have worked tirelessly to provide care uninterrupted through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of specific concern is the difference in the definition of lost revenue in guidance issued onOctober 22, 2020. In light of the inconsistency between the current October 22, 2020 guidance and Congressional authorization and previous HHS guidance regarding lost revenue, HHS should clarify that “lost revenue” include lost fundraising and thrift store revenues, as indicated in the original PRF guidance dated June 19, 2020.

“Hospices rely on fundraising support to provide hospice and palliative care services and bereavement services to children and others in need throughout the community.  The operation of hospice thrift stores is also a source of revenue that a number of hospice providers rely on to enable patient care,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.

Download NHPCO’s letter.