October 29, 2020

HHS Announces 1st Round of Covid-19 Incentive Payments to Nursing Homes

By Eric Sierant, Senior, Advisory Services

HHS Announces 1st Round of Covid-19 Incentive Payments to Nursing Homes Healthcare

On October 28, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will issue roughly $333 million in COVID-19 performance payments to more than 10,000 nursing homes across the United States. Protecting residents in nursing homes has become a high priority. Due to various resources and training available to nursing homes to improve infection control, facilities are making progress in the fight against COVID-19. This first round of payments will be distributed as a stimulus, rewarding facilities that have sustained safer environments for their residents between the months of August and September. Specifically, nursing homes nationwide displaying lower infection and mortality rates than the neighboring nursing homes in their community, will receive an average payment of $25,323, set to be distributed next week. This is only the average, and amounts will vary by facility. We have learned that this first payment may excludes the calculation related to regional mortality, as HHS is still working to implement a method to calculate this and it will be updated in future payments.

Of the 13,795 eligible facilities to receive this outcome-based payment, 10,631 (77%) have qualified. Per HHS, facilities will have four more opportunities to receive incentive payments. These future rounds of similar distributions are scheduled to be released on a monthly basis going forward.

Please see the table below for the most current provider relief fund nursing home quality incentive allocations, as provided by HHS, broken down by state. The total figures provided on this chart will be updated by HHS as more rewards are released.

State Total # of Facilities Total Payment $
AK 16 $ 145,357
AL 105 $ 4,030,977
AR 107 $ 4,967,503
AZ 104 $ 1,689,048
CA 768 $ 14,781,320
CO 178 $ 2,433,630
CT 172 $ 1,820,428
DC 14 $ 308,886
DE 36 $ 799,289
FL 307 $ 9,737,413
GA 178 $ 6,871,052
HI 31 $ 658,484
IA 302 $ 10,657,999
ID 57 $ 1,217,794
IL 457 $ 17,184,710
IN 314 $ 7,992,249
KS 245 $ 6,029,796
KY 182 $ 5,332,001
LA 134 $ 4,764,707
MA 313 $ 3,800,274
MD 142 $ 3,319,924
ME 82 $ 247,577
MI 327 $ 5,217,386
MN 253 $ 5,461,041
MO 296 $ 12,667,114
MS 98 $ 2,916,492
MT 60 $ 1,482,665
NC 204 $ 6,458,684
ND 53 $ 2,998,401
NE 146 $ 3,956,719
NH 66 $ 324,014
NJ 231 $ 3,316,302
NM 49 $ 516,006
NV 38 $ 872,401
NY 443 $ 7,108,036
OH 701 $ 10,808,374
OK 176 $ 6,414,319
OR 107 $ 826,490
PA 473 $ 7,625,155
RI 55 $ 884,623
SC 93 $ 4,197,278
SD 78 $ 3,862,203
TN 171 $ 8,207,668
TX 688 $ 21,617,050
UT 78 $ 2,224,017
VA 188 $ 5,793,913
VT 30 $ 47,133
WA 153 $ 1,576,400
WI 286 $ 12,690,923
WV 85 $ 1,306,871
WY 32 $ 583,320

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