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Department of Health and Human Services

On June 11, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a document titled “Provider Relief Fund General and Targeted Distribution: Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements” to notify Provider Relief Fund (PRF) recipients of the data elements and deadlines that constitute the post payment reporting process. The June 11 PRF requirements establish:

  1. the deadlines by which recipients are required to use or return funds, and
  2. the deadlines by which recipients must submit a report on use of funds.

The previous PRF guidance, titled “General and Targeted Distribution: Post-Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements,” was released on January 15, 2021 and is superseded by the June 11 guidance. Principle differences between the guidance are:

  1. Updated Reporting Times
  2. Updated Payment Use Periods
  3. Reporting Requirement Changes

Please see the document provided to us by ANCOR for the information.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has committed to improving the Medicare claims appeals process. This commitment includes the internal implementation of an expanded Settlement Conference Facilitation (SCF) program by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA). SCF is an alternative dispute resolution process at OMHA that gives certain providers and suppliers an opportunity to resolve their eligible Part A and Part B appeals.


In order to educate all Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B providers and suppliers who have OMHA or Medicare Appeals Council appeals pending, an SCF Expansion Open Door Call will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm. The call will focus on the logistics of the SCF process and SCF eligibility criteria. Providers that plan to join the call are encouraged to submit their questions in advance via email and include “SCF May 22 Call” in the subject line. To participate, registration is required. Additionally, providers are encouraged to read the updated SCF expansion materials, including an SCF Expansion Frequently Asked Questions document, on the website.

From ASAM Weekly

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on November 17 that nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) can begin taking the 24 hours of required training to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. NPs and PAs who complete the required training and seek to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 30 patients will be able to apply to do so beginning in early 2017. HHS is also announcing its intent to initiate rulemaking to allow NPs and PAs who have prescribed at the 30-patient limit for one year to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for up to 100 patients. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is working quickly with training providers to help them adapt curricula and obtain continuing education credits for this training. Updates on training information and the waiver application will be available on the SAMHSA and American Society of Addiction Medicine websites.