PRB Reporting and Auditing FAQ
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HRSA is requiring Reporting Entities to report patient metrics to gather information on the number of patients treated by Provider Relief Fund and/or ARP Rural recipients. Depending on recipient type, these patients may be treated in either inpatient, outpatient, or residential settings. These metrics enable HRSA to quantify respective volumes of inpatient, in-person, and virtual outpatient visits, as well as emergency visit patients.
If a Reporting Entity cannot identify a fitting patient visit type for their patient encounters, the entity should count the distinct encounters or visits in the category that is the most fitting category available.
No. Further, only the facility that owns the bed should report on the staffed beds.
Patient metric categories include a) inpatient admissions; b) outpatient visits (in- person and virtual); c) emergency department visits; and d) facility stays (for long-term and short-term residential facilities). The definitions are included below.
- Inpatient Admissions: number of hospital admissions on a clinician’s order (i.e., direct admit) or formally admitted from the emergency department to the hospital (i.e., emergency admission).
- Outpatient Visits: number of in-person or virtual patient encounters with a clinician in an office-based, clinic, or hospital outpatient department setting that do not require an inpatient admission.
- Emergency Department Visit: number of emergency department encounters for care or treatment. This may include patients on observation status who are cared for no longer than 72 hours but not formally admitted to a hospital.
- Facility Stays: number of stays (defined as unique admissions) for patients residing in a long-term or short-term care or treatment facility.
A comprehensive user guide with definitions will be made available when the first reporting period begins.
Personnel will be classified as either “clinical” or “non-clinical” staff using the following categories: a) full-time; b) part-time; c) contractor; d) furloughed; e) separated; and f) hired.
- Full-time: number of personnel employed on average 30 hours of service per week, or 130 hours for a calendar month.
- Part-time: number of personnel employed any time between 1 and 34 hours per week, whom may or may not qualify for benefits.
- Contractor: number of personnel employed as an individual or under organizational contracts and do not receive direct benefits or compensation from the Reporting Entity.
- Furloughed: number of personnel on involuntary and unpaid leave of absence.
- Separated: number of personnel who 1) voluntarily submitted a written or verbal notice of resignation or 2) the Reporting Entity decided to terminate its relationship with the employee(s) (includes lay-offs and expired contracts).
- Hired: number of personnel 1) not previously employed by the Reporting Entity or 2) that left a company due to voluntary or involuntary separation and are brought back to work by employer.
A staffed bed is licensed and physically available with staff on hand to attend to patients; includes both occupied and available beds.