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Payment Process

Payment

  • RHC COVID-19 Testing Program and RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program funds were distributed to the banking account information associated with the organization’s billing TIN, based on the organization’s number of eligible RHC sites.
  • TIN organizations receiving payment that own and operate more than one RHC site may choose to distribute funds equally to RHC sites or pool-funds to achieve program goals in their local communities and RHC service areas.
  • RHC COVID-19 Testing Program funds and RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program funds were dispersed electronically to the bank account associated with the billing TIN organization.
  • TIN organizations received a paper check if HRSA does not have an associated bank routing number.

RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program Payment

  • TIN organizations received up to $100,000 times the number of RHCs they operate.
  • Automatic payments were sent via Optum Bank with payment description “COVID*ARPAct*RHCCTMPmt*HHS.GOV”

RHC COVID-19 Testing Program Payment

  • TIN organizations received $49,461.42 times the number of RHCs they operate.
  • Automatic payments were sent via Optum Bank with payment description “COVID*RuralHealthTestingPmt*HHS.GOV” or “COVID*ARPAct*RHCCTMPmt*HHS.GOV”.

Attestation

TIN organizations/RHCs may return a payment via the attestation portal HRSA Exit Disclaimer within the attestation period and indicate they are rejecting the funds.

Return Payment

  • TIN/RHC needs to contact their financial institution and ask the institution to refuse the received Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) credit by initiating an ACH return using the ACH return code of “R23 - Credit Entry Refused by Receiver."
  • If a RHC received the money via ACH they must return the money via ACH.
  • If the RHC was paid via paper check, after rejecting the payment in the attestation portal, the RHC should destroy the check if not deposited or mail a paper check to UnitedHealth Group with notification of their request to return the funds.
  • If the financial institution will not allow them to return the payment electronically, please contact United Health Group’s Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522.
  • TIN organizations that received and subsequently returned the funding are not required to report data on the RHC COVID-19 Reporting Portal HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program

  • TIN organizations must complete the attestation process HRSA Exit Disclaimer within 90 days of receipt of RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program payment via ACH.
  • TIN organizations that retain RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program payment for at least 45 days after receipt of RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program payment via ACH or 60 days after check payment without contacting HHS regarding remittance of the funds will be deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions.
  • A public list of TIN organizations and their payments is available on TAGGS1 once providers attest to receiving the money and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Providers that retain the funds past 90 days of receipt of RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program payment, but do not attest, will be included in the public release of providers and payments.

RHC COVID-19 Testing Program

  • TIN organizations must complete the attestation process HRSA Exit Disclaimer within 45 days of receipt of RHC COVID-19 Testing Program payment via ACH.
  • TIN organizations that retain RHC COVID-19 Testing Program payment for at least 45 days after receipt of RHC COVID-19 Testing Program payment via ACH or 60 days after check payment without contacting HHS regarding remittance of the funds will be deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions.
  • A public list of Tin organizations and their payments is available on TAGGS1 once providers attest to receiving the money and agree to the Terms and Conditions. Providers that retain the funds past 45 days of receipt of RHC COVID-19 Testing Program payment, but do not attest, will be included in the public release of providers and payments.

1 TAGGS includes current total amounts attested to by providers from each of the Provider Relief Fund distributions, including the General Distribution and Targeted Distributions

Request a Review of Missing RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program Funds

  • RHCs that are not current with RHC COVID-19 Testing Program Terms and Conditions and reporting of testing data through the RHC COVID-19 Reporting Portal HRSA Exit Disclaimer have the opportunity become eligible for future RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation program consideration.
  • TIN organizations or RHCs that did not receive RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program funds, including newly certified RHCs, should visit the RHC COVID-19 Reporting Portal HRSA Exit Disclaimer and submit a request indicating that they believe their TIN organization/RHC is eligible for the program. A member of the Technical Assistance team, in coordination with HRSA, will be in touch regarding your response.

Change of Ownership

The RHC COVID-19 Testing Program and RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program follows the Provider Relief Fund guidance. Please reference Ownership Structures and Financial Relationships in the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2021