Those providers eligible for the funding will be required to submit revenue information through a new online provider portal and await validation of their claims before seeing any money. The process may include some back and forth between HHS and providers, some of whom may be asked to provide additional information.
Information that the providers must submit include federal tax returns for 2017-2019, the first quarter federal tax return for 2020, a federal unemployment tax return, a worksheet for calculating the provider’s number of full-time employees, and a worksheet for calculating gross revenue.
Interacting with the portal could be daunting for some smaller providers, Ung said. “Many smaller providers have less experience with reporting this kind of data,” she said. “We’re talking about pediatricians and dentists here, they haven’t been required to do much of this, and they could find it intimidating.”