CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: FAQs

April 2022


This article was originally published in March 2021.

In response to the pandemic, Congress has passed several pieces of legislation that created various stimulus packages to help organizations navigate the impact of COVID-19. The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) is one such package; but comes with a unique set of compliance, auditing and reporting requirements that must be met by
recipient organizations.
On January 15th, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released updated guidance on the Provider Relief Fund reporting requirements. This amended guidance is in response to the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (Act). The Act was passed in December 2020 and added an additional $3 billion to the PRF along with new language regarding reporting requirements.
In the months since, BDO has held a series of webinars regarding Provider Relief Fund reporting, audit, and compliance requirements. During the webinar series, we received an abundance of questions in the Q&A chat. As a result, we concluded that many of you may benefit from this FAQ document that consists of a compilation of the most frequently asked questions previously asked during the webinar series.
Please note this is a summary of information and additional detail and guidance can be found under reporting and auditing FAQ at and

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