State and Federal Small Practice and Business Assistance

Financial Assistance:

Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program Online Application Portal Link The first AHS application period is now open for all Vermont health care provider applicants from July 17, 2020, through August 15, 2020.

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Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program Guidance Documents:

Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program: Webinar Series

This week, AHS and DVHA hosted an informational webinar series on the Provider Stabilization Grant Program. Here is the schedule and recordings:

Hazard Pay Grant Program Application Online Portal - Open Now

The Front-Line Employees Hazard Pay Grant Program application portal opened Tuesday, August 4th. Employers who are eligible applicants may submit applications for a lump sum grant award to distribute hazard pay to their eligible employees. The link to the application portal is here. As a reminder, funding will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis so employers are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Hazard Pay Program Guidance and Application Instructions, including the required Summary Report of Eligible Employees are located here. If you have questions after reviewing the guidance documents, please use the online question submission form and AHS staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Vermont Practices Contacted if Eligible for Federal Financial Relief

In recognition that many Vermont Medicaid clinicians may still be uncertain whether or not they are eligible for the federal financial relief allocated for Medicaid providers through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, DVHA wanted to let clinicians know of recent communication from HHS. HHS informed Vermont Medicaid that it had identified 1,902 Vermont Medicaid medical, dental and long-term support and service providers as potentially eligible for the Medicaid Provider Relief Fund. If you received a recent email from DVHA, you were identified as a Medicaid provider potentially eligible for the federal Medicaid Provider Relief Fund distribution. As of July 15th, only 34 of Vermont’s potentially eligible providers have applied for financial relief. Medicaid providers must submit and complete an application (see instructions here) to HHS’ provider portal by August 3, 2020 (the date has been extended). Providers with questions about eligibility, whether a payment has been issued, and/or where the payment was sent should call the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Help Desk at 1-866-569-3522 and press option 2 or visit the HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund website for more information.

Repayment of Accelerated and Advanced Payments Begins This Week

National Government Services (NGS) is reminding Part B Medicare providers that repayment of Accelerated and Advanced Payments (AAP) began July 27th, 2020. Providers have a 90-day window to make their AAP repayment, with each provider having a unique repayment due date based on the date your AAP was issued. Click to read more on the NGS recoupment process.

Resuming Elective Care Resources