COVID-19: Direct Payments to Long-Term Care Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Providers
Starting June 5, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will begin accepting applications from long-term care service providers and facilities and emergency medical services to receive pandemic relief funds. These funds are meant to offset losses and expenses incurred during March, April, and May 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $100 million in funds for these payments were provided to the State under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
These two provider groups were chosen because both have experienced substantial service losses and increased expenses for equipment, supplies, and staffing. Most have not received other significant federal COVID-19-related assistance. Limiting the scope also allows Wisconsin to provide impactful allocations to each recipient.
The application process will be available on this page beginning June 5.
Send questions to DHSDMSDCPP@dhs.wisconsin.gov.
What providers can apply?
The providers eligible to apply for these funds are:
• Home and community-based service providers, including personal care, home health, adult day services, respite services, supportive home care, 1-2 bed adult family homes, pre-vocational and supported employment services.
• Assisted living facilities, including community-based residential facilities, 3-4 bed adult family homes, and resident care apartment complexes.
• Nursing homes, including skilled nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities.
• Emergency medical services providers including those services providing paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and ambulance services.
What costs and losses are eligible?
The costs and losses eligible for this program are those directly related to the provision of services to Wisconsin residents:
• Additional costs for the purchase of equipment and supplies (PPE, disinfectant, etc.) necessary for service provision during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Additional staffing costs associated with hazard pay, retainer payments to staff, overtime payments, etc., necessary for service provision during the COVID pandemic.
• Loss of revenue associated with lower service utilization related directly to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All providers submitting applications will be subject to audit, to ensure that the expenses and losses are accurate and documented.
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Division of Quality Assurance: Notification & Updates
Application to Receive COVID-19 Funds Opens June 5
Starting June 5, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will be accepting applications from specific types of health care providers (listed below) for $110 million of funding provided to the state under the federal Coronavirus aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will be used to make payments to offset lost revenues and expenditures facilities and services incurred during March, April, and May 2020, related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers eligible to apply are:
Home and community-based service providers* that provide:
• 1-2 bed Adult Family Homes
• Day services
• Home health
• Personal care
• Pre-vocational and supported employment
• Respite care
• Supportive home care
• Daily living skills training for children
Assisted Living Facilities, including:
• 3-4 Bed Adult Family Homes
• Community-Based Resident Facilities (CBRFs)
• Resident Care Apartment Complexes (RCACs)
Nursing Homes, including:
• Skilled Nursing Facilities
• Intermediate Care Facilities
Emergency Medical Service Agencies
Clinics/Health Centers, including:
• Rural Health Clinics
• Federally Qualified Health Centers
• Tribal Health Clinics
• Free and Low Cost Clinics
* Only entities/organizations may apply for funding. Individuals such as those who are participant-hired workers or paid through a fiscal agent are not eligible.
The application for these funds will be available from June 5 to June 30. For more information on eligibility, the application, and the payment process, please visit the CARES Act Provider Payments page on the DHS website.
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