Is Your Organization Ready to Deal with Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Audit Contractors?

by  Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT
October 15th, 2021

As we predicted over a year ago, federal audits are now underway to uncover any fraudulent misuse of emergency relief funds administered through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The PRF was a $175 billion fund created through the CARES Act to provide financial relief to healthcare providers during the public health emergency (PHE) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has hired outside contractors KPMG, Grant Thornton, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kearney & Company, and Creative Solutions Consulting to audit PRF recipients, demonstrating their intent to ensure PRF monies have been justly disbursed. 

Audits will be conducted to determine if providers properly reported the information required to obtain their portion of each phase of disbursement: 

Audits are underway for providers who received/retained PRF payments and will require submission of supporting documentation such as: 

Audit resources that should be thoroughly reviewed include: 

The initial provider/facility reporting was due September 30, 2021 and includes: 

Please be advised that with some of these prestigious accounting and financial firms acting as PRF auditing contractors, details in submitted documentation is going to be very important. Be sure to begin your own internal audits now, prepare the necessary documentation for submission in a timely manner, and consult your healthcare attorney regarding any and all audit notifications. 

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