Fraud stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a criminal enforcement priority for the US Department of Justice (DOJ). On April 20, DOJ announced a new round of criminal charges against 21 defendants that stem from over $149 million in allegedly fraudulent billing to federal healthcare programs and pandemic assistance programs. The new cases raise DOJ’s total COVID-19-related enforcement stats to 35 defendants and over $290 million in fraudulent billing across 16 federal districts.
Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry
Members of our healthcare team recently published a LawFlash discussing the announcement by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it will make $25.5 billion available in new COVID-19 relief funds to providers through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). To that end, HRSA will disburse $17 billion in Phase 4 payments remaining from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to a “broad range of providers” based on lost revenues and expenses between July 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday, January 15, 2021, one month before the former reporting deadline, that it will push back the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting timeline due to the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (the Act).
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two welcome announcements on October 22 relating to the CARES Act Relief Fund Provider Relief Fund (PRF). First, the agency expanded the pool of eligible recipients to “include provider applicants such as residential treatment facilities, chiropractors, and eye and vision providers that have not yet received Provider Relief Fund distributions.”
Congress did not address federal taxation of Provider Relief Fund Payments when the CARES Act became law on March 27, 2020. In this LawFlash, our tax team analyzes the Internal Revenue Service’s recently published answers to frequently asked questions regarding taxation of these payments to healthcare providers.