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New Provider Relief Fund Program Announced for Dentists

07.21.2020

Note: This article was originally published on July 15 and last updated on July 21 after HHS extended the application deadline from July 24 to August 3.

On July 10, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced a new program through the Provider Relief Fund specifically for dentists. Eligible dentists must apply by August 3 (the original deadline was previously July 24).
 
To be eligible, dentists must meet six criteria:

  1. Must not have received payment from the $50 billion General Distribution
  2. Must not have received payment from the Medicaid and CHIP Distribution
  3. Must have filed a federal tax return for 2017, 2018 or 2019
  4. Must have provided dental services after January 31, 2020
  5. Must not have permanently ceased providing care
  6. If the applicant is an individual, must have receipts for providing dental services on Form 1040, Schedule C, Line 1

HHS has created the list of eligible providers from “third-party” sources. The FAQs acknowledge that the list may not be complete and provide a method for providers who are not on the initial list to continue their application.
 
Similar to the General Distribution, payments will be based on 2 percent of revenues for the most recent tax filing. Providers must also sign the Terms and Conditions that can be found on the HHS website. 
 
More details about the HHS announcement can be here.

For questions, please contact Ron Present at 314.983.1358 or rpresent@bswllc.com or Mark Renken at 636.754.0234 or mrenken@bswllc.com

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