Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program (DRCHSD) COVID-19 Resources

Community Care Coordination and COVID-19

  • This document is designed to address immediate questions concerning upcoming community care coordination events and Community Champions’ role during the COVID-19 outbreak and to share trusted resources that will be helpful to the Champions during this sensitive time.
  • Community Care Coordination and COVID-19 from the DRCHSD Program

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy FAQs for COVID-19

Rural Stories from American Hospital Association

COVID-19 Telehealth Program

  • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program provides support through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to eligible healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to provide critical connected care services.
  • Funding details regarding application process, eligibility, award amount, and examples of services and devices:

HRSA: Health Center News Bulletin

Provider Relief Fund Action Needed
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a $100 billion provider relief fund to support health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to coronavirus and ensure COVID-19 testing for the uninsured. $50 billion is being distributed proportional to Medicare providers’ share of 2018 net patient revenue. HHS began delivery of the initial $30 billion on Friday, April 10, and is now beginning distribution of the remaining $20 billion.

Submit COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement for Testing and Treatment to Health Care Providers and Facilities Serving the Uninsured
HHS will provide claims reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured patients for COVID-19 and treating uninsured patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Visit HRSA’s COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement site to submit claims.

We continually update our Health Center Program COVID-19 FAQs webpage and recently created a separate page for coronavirus-related funding FAQs.

CMS Reevaluates Accelerated Payment Program and Suspends Advance Payment Program

On April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and suspending its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers effective immediately. The agency made this announcement following the successful payment of over $100 billion to health care providers and suppliers through these programs and in light of the $175 billion recently appropriated for health care provider relief payments.

CMS had expanded these temporary loan programs to ensure providers and suppliers had the resources needed to combat the beginning stages of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding will continue to be available to hospitals and other health care providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response primarily from the Provider Relief Fund. The Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Programs are typically used to give providers emergency funding and address cash flow issues for providers and suppliers when there is disruption in claims submission or claims processing, including during a public health emergency or Presidentially-declared disaster.

Since expanding the AAP programs on March 28, 2020, CMS approved over 21,000 applications totaling $59.6 billion in payments to Part A providers, which includes hospitals. For Part B suppliers, including doctors, non-physician practitioners and durable medical equipment suppliers, CMS approved almost 24,000 applications advancing $40.4 billion in payments. The AAP programs are not a grant, and providers and suppliers are typically required to pay back the funding within one year, or less, depending on provider or supplier type. Beginning today, CMS will not be accepting any new applications for the Advance Payment Program, and CMS will be reevaluating all pending and new applications for Accelerated Payments in light of historical direct payments made available through the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Provider Relief Fund.

Significant additional funding will continue to be available to hospitals and other health care providers through other programs. Congress appropriated $100 billion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (PL 116-136) and $75 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PL 116-139) for health care providers. HHS is distributing this money through the Provider Relief Fund, and these payments do not need to be repaid.

The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund is being administered through HHS and has already released $30 billion to providers and is in the process of releasing an additional $20 billion, with more funding anticipated to be released soon. This funding will be used to support health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure uninsured Americans can get treatment for COVID-19.

For more information on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund and how to apply, visit:

For an updated fact sheet on the Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs, visit: