HHS Provider Relief Fund webinar set for Oct. 15

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Washington — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host an Oct. 15 webcast to help dentists with questions about the Phase 3 General Distribution of the Provider Relief Fund.

The webinar is free and will take place at 2 p.m. Central. Preregistration is recommended to participate, and providers can also recommend questions they’d like to see answered during the event.

The Provider Relief Fund was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — known as the CARES Act — and allows dental providers to apply for payments made for health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to the pandemic.

“This is great news for dentists,” said ADA President Chad P. Gehani. “The ADA wants dentists to understand that this is a great opportunity to receive funding to make up for income they lost in the pandemic. Even if they have already applied, they can apply again for additional funding.”

HHS opened the portal Oct. 5 and the deadline to apply is Nov. 6. Dentists are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Phase 3 impacts the following:
Newly eligible providers. Those dentists who began practicing Jan. 1–March 30, 2020.
Add-on payments. Dentists who previously received, rejected or accepted payment from the Provider Relief Fund can now submit more information to become eligible for an additional payment.
Corrections. Dentists who previously received, rejected or accepted a Provider Relief Fund payment and did not receive approximately 2% of annual revenues from patient care will now receive the 2% amount, plus the Phase 3 allocation.

The ADA has an FAQ to assist dentists in applying. In addition, HHS has posted a step-by-step guide on its website.

Dentists with questions should contact the HHS Provider Support Line at 1-866-569-3522 during the hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central, Monday-Friday.

For more information about the ADA's advocacy efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit ADA.org/COVID19Advocacy.