HHS Announces Details of RHC COVID-19 Testing Fund


HHS has announced details regarding the Rural Health Clinic Testing fund in a press release here:


All eligible RHCs will receive a flat amount of just under $50,000. Eligible RHCs include all RHCs listed on either:

1) the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Provider of Service file (updated March 2020) or;

2) the CMS Survey and Certification Quality, Certification and Oversight Reports (QCOR) list before May 7, 2020.

Similar to the provider relief fund, these funds will be dispersed electronically to the banking information associated with the organization’s Tax ID Number (TIN). Paper checks will be mailed to RHCs if CMS does not have the RHC’s banking information.

These funds are intended to help RHCs with COVID-19 testing and related expenses. HHS also released the following FAQ document which covers a lot of important information:


NARHC will be partnering with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to provide technical assistance on implementing COVID-19 programs in alignment with the terms and conditions of this fund. We will schedule a webinar within a week on this funding and we expect to schedule several additional webinars over the course of the next few months.

Terms and conditions are listed here: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/terms-and-conditions-rural-testing-relief-fund.pdf