As required by Senate Bill (SB) 809 and Rider 143 (included below) of the 87th Legislature (regular session), the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will begin collecting information on the total value and uses of COVID-19 related federal funds through monthly reports. The first ongoing monthly report is due October 15, 2021.
The ongoing SB 809 and Rider 143 report and further information—including a PDF version of the report questions—are available on the HHSC Provider Finance Department website and may be accessed on the main webpages for Acute Care Services, Hospitals and Clinic Services, and Long Term Services and Supports. Please note that this Microsoft Form link is separate from the initial report that covered the period of January 31, 2020 – August 31, 2021.
HHSC is granting a “grace period” to allow providers time to come into compliance if they fail to meet any deadlines between October 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021. Though the deadlines to report will not change, HHSC will take no action against a provider as long as the provider submits all required reports due between October 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021, prior to the end of the grace period. The grace period ends December 1, 2021.
Reporting Requirement: COVID-19 Funding to Nursing Facilities and Hospitals. Out of funds appropriated above in Strategy B.1.1, Medicaid Contracts and Administration, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) shall develop a report detailing the total value and uses of COVID-19-related Federal Funds, including Provider Relief Funds, provided directly to nursing facilities and hospitals contracting with HHSC since the beginning of the public health emergency. The report should include any temporary rate increases provided to nursing facilities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any facilities that do not provide information requested by the commission necessary to complete the report shall be identified in the report. The first submission of the report shall also include a description of any requirements implemented for nursing facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost to nursing facilities to implement the requirements, and recommendations on whether or not the requirements should be continued after the end of the public health emergency. HHSC shall submit the report to the Governor, Legislative Budget Board, and any appropriate standing committee in the Legislature on December 1st and June 1st of each fiscal year. The format and content of the report shall be specified by the Legislative Budget Board and posted on the HHSC website. Appropriations in Strategy A.2.4, Nursing Facility Payments, for fiscal year 2023 are contingent on the submission of the reports due December 1, 2021 and June 1, 2022.