The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) PPE Subsidy is now available to ALL dental practices to help fund the purchase of the necessary protective supplies needed to safely practice.  Please apply for this HHS subsidy at: https://cares.linkhealth.com/#/.

According to the HHS at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/dental-distribution/index.html, to be eligible to receive the PPE subsidy equal to 2% of collections reported on the most recently filed tax return for your practice, you

  1. must not have received payment from the initial $50 billion Medicare-focused General Distribution,
  2. must not have received payment from the $15 billion Medicaid and CHIP Distribution,
  3. must have filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018 or 2019,
  4. must have provided patient dental care after January 31, 2020,
  5. and must not have permanently ceased providing patient dental care directly, or indirectly through included subsidiaries.
  6. If the applicant is an individual, have gross receipts or sales from providing patient dental care reported on Form 1040, Schedule C, Line 1, excluding income reported on a W-2 as a (statutory) employee.

Easy to follow instructions can be found at: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/medicaid-provider-distribution-instructions.pdf. We can gladly help you out with this, and our fee to complete and submit the application will be only $500 per submission.

Please note that some dentists are concerned that HHS will post the name of any provider who receives funds through this program as well as the amount received.  According to the HHS at: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/faqs/provider-relief-fund-general-info/index.html#payment-data

HHS has posted a public list of providers and their payments once they attest to receiving the money and agree to the Terms and Conditions. All providers that received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund and retain that payment for at least 90 days without rejecting the funds are deemed to have accepted the Terms and Conditions. Providers that affirmatively attest through the Payment Attestation Portal or that retain the funds past 90 days, but do not attest, will be included in the public release of providers and payments. The list includes current total amounts attested to by providers from each of the Provider Relief Fund distributions, including the General Distribution and Targeted Distributions.

Should this public notification be a deal breaker for this program? We don’t think so.  If anyone (and most likely no one will) asks, simply point out that you fully utilized the subsidy received through this HHS program to enhance the safety of your patients and your staff during this pandemic.