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HHS awards nursing homes $523M in COVID-19 performance payments

Written on Dec 8, 2020

Federal authorities announced it will be distributing $523 million in the second round of performance payments. More than 9,000 nursing homes that have successfully reduced COVID-19-related infections and deaths between September and October will receive the payments. 

Nursing homes will begin receiving the funding Dec. 9, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, which will distribute the funds to about 9,200 nursing homes overall, of the eligible 13,251 facilities. HHS found that 69% of the eligible facilities met the infection control criteria for the incentive program, while 68% met the mortality criteria.

This is the second of five evaluation cycles for the incentive program, which was originally announced in August. The federal government distributed about $333 million in performance payments to more than 10,000 nursing homes during the first round.

“While less than the first cycle, the collective efforts of these nursing homes resulted in over 3,900 fewer infections relative to the rates seen in the communities where they exist,” HHS explained.