HHS Announces Distribution of COVID-19 Hotspot Funds

July 17, 2020

Today, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that next week it will begin distributing $10 billion in a second round of high-impact COVID-19 relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund. According HHS, nearly $740 million will be distributed among 60 Illinois hospitals.

HHS says the distribution is based on a formula for hospitals with “over 161 COVID-19 admissions between January 1 and June 10, 2020, or one admission per day, or that experienced a disproportionate intensity of COVID admissions (exceeding the average ratio of COVID admissions/bed). Hospitals will be paid $50,000 per eligible admission.”

The first round of high-impact funding was based on a formula using 100 or more COVID-19 admissions between January 1 and April 10, and hospitals were paid $76,975 per eligible admission. Funds from the previous high-impact distribution were taken into account when determining each hospital’s payment in this second round distribution.

A current list of hospital recipients is available here.