The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is pleased to announce the disbursement of an additional $9,298,746.96 to 188 previously unpaid RHCs in Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Program funding to broaden support to COVID-19 testing efforts and expand access to testing in rural communities. These previously unpaid RHCs did not appear in the CMS data (QCOR and Provider of Service) in May 2020 because they were certified after the May payment date, or were left out of earlier data due to administrative and technical issues. These RHCs will receive $49,461.42 per individual clinic site via the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) mechanism which was appropriated and authorized in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PL 116-139). Applicable terms and conditions for RHCs previously funded in May 2020 also cover recipients of new funding in December 2020.
RHCs funded in December 2020 must begin to report COVID-19 tests and spending categories monthly on the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Reporting Portal. December data is due by January 31.
RHCs funded in May 2020 must continue to report COVID-19 tests and spending categories monthly on the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Reporting Portal (Table 1). November data is due by December 31.
Table 1 RHC Reporting Deadlines
|Monthly Data||Reporting Deadline||Applicable RHCS Reporting Details|
|November 2020||December 31, 2020||TIN Organizations funded in May 2020|
|December 2020||January 31, 2021||All TIN Organizations funded in May and December 2020|
|January 2021||February 28, 2021||All TIN Organizations funded in May and December 2020|
HRSA has funded the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) to provide technical assistance to RHCs on the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program. As part of the cooperative agreement, NARHC developed the RHC COVID-19 Testing Report website. If you have additional questions you may email RHCcovidreporting@narhc.org.