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COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Funding and Its Effects on Nursing Homes: Case Study

Congress and HHS used the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) to support nursing homes and other health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing home residents have suffered some of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality during the pandemic. HHS allocated $10 billion from the PRF directly to nursing homes through two channels: (1) a distribution to skilled nursing facilities for lost revenue and expenses related to preventing, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19; and (2) the Nursing Home Infection Control Distribution, for improving infection control practices and reducing rates of COVID-19 infection. This review will use interviews and other data collected as part of six case studies organized by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee. We will identify how nursing homes used the funds to support their COVID-19 response, improve infection control practices, and assess selected outcomes from that use of funds. Our work will also evaluate the Health Resources and Services Administration's oversight and efforts to enforce PRF terms, conditions, and reporting requirements.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
November 2021 Health Resources and Services Administration COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Funding and Its Effects on Nursing Homes: Case Study Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-06-22-00040 2023