On September 14, 2020, Wachler & Associates posted a blog detailing all of the speculation surrounding recoupment of the CARES Act Advanced and Accelerated Payments (“AAP”) Program. As of then, CMS had not yet made a statement on when CMS would begin AAP loan recoupments. Originally, providers were told to expect to see recoupments on these loans 120-days from issuance of the loan. Many providers, however, had surpassed their 120-day time limit but did not see any indication that payments were being recouped to repay the loan.
On Friday, September 18, 2020, CMS Administrator Seema Verma confirmed that CMS would not begin recouping AAP loans until Congress passes legislation on the matter. This timely statement comes just before the House passed H.R. 8337, FY 2021 Continuing Resolution, through December 11, 2020 (Appropriations), on September 22, 2020. This bill would give providers with AAP loans one year from issuance before CMS begins recoupment, instead of the original time limit of 120-days from issuance. This bill would also lower the recoupment rate and the interest rate. It is not yet known when there will be a vote in the Senate on the bill, but the bill is expected to pass the Senate.
For over 35 years, Wachler & Associates has represented healthcare providers and suppliers nationwide in a variety of health law matters, and our attorneys can assist providers and suppliers in understanding new developments in the CARES Act and when to expect accelerated payment recoupment to begin. If you or your healthcare entity has any questions pertaining to healthcare compliance, please contact an experienced healthcare attorney at 248-544-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.