GovernmentCIO: HRSA’s New Portal Helps Reimbursement in Treating Uninsured COVID-19 Patients

“The Department of Health and Human Services launched a new portal that will allow medical providers who have given COVID-19 testing or treatment for uninsured individuals to submit claims for reimbursement.”

HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration stood up the portal, called the COVID-19 Uninsured Program Portal, to ease COVID-19 claims reimbursements that recent relief legislation has appropriated. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act grants $1 billion to reimburse providers conducting COVID-19 resting for the uninsured, and the more recent $2.2 trillion relief package provides $100 billion in support for broader hospitals and medical providers.”

“Providers who have tested for COVID-19 or provided treatment for uninsured patients with the virus from Feb. 4 are eligible to request claims through the relief programs electronically and can overall expect reimbursements at Medicare rates, HRSA said…”

“The program will cover reimbursement for a variety of medical testing and treatment areas, including:

  • Specimen collection, as well as diagnostic and antibody testing
  • Testing-related visits at providers’ offices, urgent care, emergency rooms or via telehealth
  • Treatment in office and telehealth visits, emergency rooms, inpatient and outpatient visits, nursing facilities, long-term acute care, acute inpatient rehab, home health, emergency ambulance transport and other locations and scenarios
  • FDA-approved vaccinations, once a vaccine is available…” Read the full article here.

Source: HRSA’s New Portal Helps Reimbursement in Treating Uninsured COVID-19 Patients – By Melissa Harris, April 28, 2020. GovernmentCIO.



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