Who Must Return Funds?
Recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments, under several circumstances, are required to return funds to the Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
- Providers who rejected a payment in the PRF Application and Attestation Portal.
- Providers with remaining unused funds that cannot be expended on allowable expenses or lost revenues attributable to coronavirus by the applicable deadline to use funds for each reporting period.
- Providers who failed to submit a required report must return all funds that were not reported on during a specific reporting period.
Timeframe to Return
Funds must be returned within:
- 15 calendar days of rejecting a PRF payment in the Application and Attestation Portal; or
- 30 calendar days after the end of the applicable Reporting Time Period or applicable grace period, as explained in the Frequently Asked Questions.
HRSA will not require non-compliant providers to return funds until after the opportunity to Request to Report Late Due to Extenuating Circumstances for a Reporting Period. Providers who submit a request will be notified by HRSA if their request is approved or denied. Providers whose request is approved will receive a notification to proceed with completing the report. Providers whose request is denied will need to return their funds to become compliant with their PRF reporting requirement.
Failure to Return Funds
Providers who fail to return funds to HRSA will be subject to some or all of the following enforcement actions:
- Ineligibility for future PRF payments
- Initiation of debt collection and recovery
To learn more about the June 14th Deadline – visit the official HRSA returning funds webpage.